The goal of our Universal Pre-Kindergarten program is to help children at an early age to develop key life skills that will lead them to a successful school path including: language/communication skills; early literacy skills/critical thinking; social/emotional development and motor skills.
The New York State Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK) is a state and district-funded program that provides educationally-based, high quality pre-kindergarten to 4-year-old children. The program is FREE to all eligible children and operates 6.5 – 7 hours per day, depending on center. Bussing is available through the district.
This program provides developmentally appropriate activities to help 4-year-olds prepare for Kindergarten. As NYS school standards and expectations become more rigorous, making sure young children enter school with basic skills in place is critical for success. All UPK classes are taught by New York State certified teachers.
Program goals include creating high quality full day pre-kindergarten programs that assist children in developing language and communication skills; promoting early literacy skills and critical thinking; and fostering the requisite social and emotional development and motor skills necessary for school success.
ELIGIBILITY: Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) - UPK is open to children residing in the school district who are 4 years old on or before December 1st of the current school year.
LOCATIONS AND AVAILABLE SPOTS IN BROOME COUNTY:
Union-Endicott School District UPK at the Endicott Center and the Linnaeus W. West Center / Total Slots: 64
Whitney Point School District UPK at the Whitney Point Center / Total Slots: 16
Children 4 years of age.
Activities for Children:
Activities for Parents:
Additionally, the program is designed to assure that the prekindergarten content is aligned with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards and connected to the kindergarten and early elementary curricula.
For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-723-6493.