As of the 2022-2023 School Year, the Schodack Central School District will be operating a New York State grant-funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program that will be facilitated and operated by Story Place Preschool Inc. Children are chosen for the program through a random lottery in the months before school begins. All parents must register their students for the lottery to be eligible for UPK.
UPK Lottery Information for the 2022-23 School Year
Children are chosen for the program through a random lottery held in the months preceding the school year. Registration will be open for the UPK lottery for the 2022-23 School Year on July 20, 2022. Families who are interested in the program need to submit their applications by the final deadline of August 30, 2022.
UPK Openings During the School Year
Parents with students of this eligible age group may apply for the UPK program during the course of the school year, as sometimes openings are created as students may exit the program for various reasons. Additionally, even if an opening does not exist at that time, students may be placed on a waiting list in which they would be contacted when an opening occurs. For more information, please contact Michele Rose at (518) 477-7103.
UPK Registration Checklist
Parents are required to call (518) 477-7103 to make an appointment to register their child and should bring the following documents:
- Your child’s original birth certificate
- (3) proofs of the parent/guardian residency (See accepted proofs of residency)
- Completed Universal Pre-K application (Available here or below)
- IF APPLICABLE – Custody paperwork
- IF APPLICABLE – Affidavit if they do not own or lease their own residency
UPK Application Form and Handbook
If you are unable to access any of these forms, please call (518) 477-7103 for assistance.
Commonly Asked Questions about the UPK Program
What is the Universal Pre-K Program?
The New York State Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK) is a state and district-funded program that provides educationally-based, high-quality pre-kindergarten for 4-year-old children. The program is free to all eligible children. UPK provides developmentally appropriate activities to help 4-year-olds prepare for Kindergarten. As our state’s 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.
What activities are involved in the UPK Program?
- Reading readiness and early literacy development
- Exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction
- Math skills
- Science lessons and discovery
- Social skills
- Self-help skills
- Large motor activities
- Fine motor activities
- Music, dance, library and art
Who is eligible for UPK?
UPK is open to children residing in the school district who are 4 years old on or before December 1 of the current school year. Income eligibility is not a factor, and all families are encouraged to apply. Admittance is through a lottery drawing held before school begins.
Where are the classes located and what are the hours of operation?
Story Place Preschool, Inc is located in the Schodack CSD District Office Building located at 1477 S. Schodack Road. The UPK program follows the Story Place Preschool Inc. calendar and runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Before and after care is available for an additional cost.
Who oversees the UPK Program?
The program is overseen by Story Place Preschool Inc. The Schodack Central School District will collaborate with Story Place Preschool Inc. to ensure that all New York State UPK programmatic requirements and curriculum standards are met.
Is transportation provided for my child?
Transportation is not provided.
If I call right away, will I be guaranteed a spot for my child?
No. The district does not have a first-come, first-served registration list. Student placement will be determined through the use of a lottery system. Please keep in mind that while the district would like to accommodate all requests, it is possible that not all children who register will get into the program. This is based upon the overall numbers compared to actual slots that are available.
How will I be notified that my child was selected for the program?
Story Place Preschool Inc., in cooperation with the district, will mail acceptance letters to all families who are selected for the program.
What happens if I am not selected for the program?
If your lottery number is not chosen, you will automatically be placed on a waiting list in the order the numbers are listed.
How can we learn more about the program?
To learn more about the UPK program please contact Michele Rose at (518) 477-7103 or Mrose@storyplacepreschool.com
Story Place Preschool Inc. UPK Contact
1477 S. Schodack Road
Castleton, NY 12033
Schodack CSD UPK Contact
Director of Teaching and Learning
1477 S. Schodack Road
Castleton, NY 12033
(518) 732- 2523