04.10.2014 | We would like to thank everyone who called, emailed, and rallied in support of making full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) available for all four-year-old children in New York City. We are very pleased that the final state budget includes a dedicated funding stream with $300 million this year to expand full-day UPK in New York City. Now we need your help to spread the word that it is time for families of children born in 2010 to apply to Universal Pre-K programs for September!
UPK at Public Schools:
Parents can apply to UPK programs located at public schools by completing a centralized application form online or in person at an Enrollment Office by April 23rd. Parents should rank their choices for UPK programs at public schools on one form. Admission for these programs is not first-come, first-served. The online application is available in English and Spanish, and the application form that gets returned to an Enrollment Office is available in 10 languages. Staff at the Enrollment Offices can also use a phone translation service to assist families speaking other languages.
UPK at Community-Based Organizations:
Parents can apply to UPK programs located at community-based organizations (CBOs) by contacting each CBO directly and completing an individual application at each CBO. The application process for CBO programs is ongoing, and we advise parents to apply early to any CBO programs. The application form that gets returned to each CBO is available in 10 languages.
Parents may apply to UPK programs at public schools and at CBOs using the two different application processes described above.
All families of children born in 2010 may apply for UPK. Preschool students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that recommend Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services or related services may receive these services at their UPK programs. Preschool students with IEPs that recommend half-day special classes or half-day special classes in integrated settings may participate in UPK classes for the rest of the day.