Universal PreKindergarten will be accepting application for the 2020-2021 school year beginning March 2, 2010.
All required paperwork can be located on the website and must be submitted to Jennifer Moote in the Elementary office. The due date for all paperwork submission is May 31, 2020.
Do you have a child who will be four years old by December 1, 2020? If so, you may be interested in having your child considered for the District's free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program for four year olds.
What is UPK?
Universal Pre-kindergarten is a developmentally appropriate, learner-centered educational program to help four year olds develop physically, socially, emotionally, linguistically, culturally, and intellectually. The program has a strong emphasis on early literacy and early numeracy aligned with the New York State Pre-K curriculum.
What are the program requirements?
UPK in a New York State grant funded program that is offered to parents free of charge. As UPK students, children are considered new entrants to the Wilson Central School District. They must attend five days a week, 180 days, 2.5 hours per day. Parents are responsible for the transportation of their children to and from UPK.
Parents must submit a note to their child's teacher upon returning from an absence. There are expectations for regular attendance and prompt arrival and dismissal. Additionally, students must meet NYS immunization and mandated health requirements.
Where is the UPK program located?
The Wilson Central School District and St. Peter Lutheran Church collaborate to provide 2 Pre-K settings for eligible students.
Is whole day program available?
No. Wilson UPK is a half day program.
Who is eligible?
Resident children who will be four years of age by December 1, 2019 are eligible to be considered for the program. A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is NOT eligible for the UPK program. If you have elected to keep your child home for an extra year rather than enroll, he/she cannot attend UPK.
How are students selected for the program?
The total number of students selected each year is currently 36 (18 at Wilson Elementary location and 18 at St Peter location). A random lottery process will be used this year (to determine program placement and location). The lottery was held on June 11th. Numbers were given to each applicant and a randon number selector with multiple witnesses were present determine student placement.
For additional information, please call UPK Secretary Jennifer Moote at 716-751-9341 ext 133 or Director of Preschool Amanda Schaus at 716-751-9341 ext 162.
Enrollment forms and instructions can be found by clicking on the link to the left.