GCSD accepting applications for 2023-24 Universal Pre-K program Mar. 13-Apr. 6

UPK program offered in partnership with community partners

The Guilderland Central School District is offering Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) for the 2023-24 school year as part of funding from New York state. UPK is a free program open to Guilderland families with children who will be four years old by December 1, 2023 (children who have birth dates between December 2, 2018 and December 1, 2019.)

Limited spots are available for the UPK program. All Guilderland families, even those currently enrolled in one of our approved programs, must apply during the registration period and participate in the lottery to secure a NYS-funded space. Current enrollment with one of our community partners does not guarantee a NYS-funded spot; if awarded a spot, it may not be with your current childcare provider.

The four community partner schools are: All Saints Catholic Academy, Christ the King, Kidz Korner Child Care and Learning Center and St. Madeleine Sophie School. The UPK program hours covered by GCSD’s funding are 8 a.m.-1 p.m..

To apply for the UPK program, the following paperwork must be submitted:

  • Registration application; one application must be completed for each child.
  • A copy of a residential lease/deed/mortgage statement with a current utility bill.
  • Completed registration forms and the required supporting documents can be submitted by email to ricez@guilderlandschools.net or by fax to 518-456-1152. Please mark faxes as “Attention Registrar.” You may also submit registration at the GCSD District Office, 8 School Road, Guilderland Center. The District Office is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • All applications must be submitted between March 13, 2023 and April 6, 2023. Please submit a new application and supporting documents even if you have sent in registration materials prior to March 13, 2023, as our application document and requirements have changed.

If selected through the lottery system, families will be notified by May 5, 2023. If notified of selection, families will have until May 15, 2023 to accept your UPK spot by emailing upk@guilderlandschools.net.

All questions about the UPK Program should be sent via email to upk@guilderlandschools.net; please do not contact the partner schools directly.

For all of the details on the GCSD Universal Pre-K program for the 2023-24 school year, visit the district website.

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