Universal Prekindergarten

The Valley Central School District Prekindergarten Program offers 4-year-old children the opportunity to access an educational environment that is learner-centered and promotes the use of early literacy and emergent reading instruction based on effective, evidence-based practices. In alignment with New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards, the program curricula promote balanced support between the development of early childhood social, emotional, motor and cognitive skills.

Frequently asked questions about UPK at Valley Central are answered here.

Applying for UPK (2021-2022 school year)

Eligible children reside in the district and will be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2021. The application period is Jan.  21 – March 18, 2021.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available at the District Office beginning January 21, 2021. You may request an application packet be sent to you by email (UPK@vcsdny.org). Email requests must include your first and last name, your child’s first and last name, your child’s date of birth and which  type of application packet you require. (Homeowner; Live with District Resident; Rent with Lease, or Rent without Lease.)

Half and Full-Day Offered

The district offers a half-day and full-day UPK Program through local collaborating agencies (UPK Providers). UPK Providers are chosen based upon review of their proposals. The proposals are measured by the competitive process set forth by the Commissioners’ regulations 151-1.1 – 1.7. 

Half-Day UPK Providers

Full-Day UPK Providers

UPK is designed to:

  • Promote literacy through the use of evidence-based practices
  • Promote positive emotional, social, and cognitive skills through collaboration between school and parents
  • Provide learner-centered activities to promote children’s growth and development
  • Provide a balance between teacher-initiated and child-initiated learning activities in order to encourage student self-confidence and independence
  • Provide a balance of individual and small group activities for the children
  • Provide activities that support parent participation in their child’s educational plan
  • Design an assessment process that determines the developmental baseline and progress of all children
  • Provide a nutritional snack to all of the children every day
  • Provide support services to children and their families that are necessary to support the child’s transition and participation in the Prekindergarten Program
  • Promote differentiated instruction to meet the learning styles of the children
  • Maximize the integration of preschool children with disabilities
  • Provide equal program access to participating children with limited English proficiency