• Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) 2021-2022
     Head Start UPK

    The registration period for the 2021-2022 UPK program has ended.

    Applications received after January 31, 2021 will be placed on a waiting list.

    The Ballston Spa Central School District is proud to collaborate with local pre-kindergarten providers to provide strong early learning programs for our students.  The program is designed to prepare children with the prerequisite skills and to help develop an aptitude for learning.

    Who is eligible for UPK?

    An eligible child is a child who resides within the Ballston Spa Central School District and who is four years of age on or before December 1, 2021. (A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is not eligible for the UPK program.)

    Who operates the UPK classes?

    The UPK program is administered through the Ballston Spa Central School District's Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Please contact Pattie Ball at UPK@bscsd.org or (518) 884-7195, Ext. 1374 with questions.

    Where are the class locations, contact information, and the hours of operation?

    • Saratoga County EOC Head Start (Income verification through Saratoga County EOC)
      Lina Sanchez, (518) 288-3206 ext. 157
      Ballston Commons, 100 Saratoga Blvd, Suite 35, Ballston Spa  8:00 AM - 2:00 PM  

      *You must meet Head Start eligibility requirements to qualify for UPK at Head Start. Head Start is a free federally funded program run by the Saratoga County EOC for low-income pregnant women and children birth to age 5. Click here to read the eligibility requirements for Head Start.

    • Ballston Area Community Center AM & PM Classes
      Kathi Leigh, Executive Director, (518) 885-3261 ext. 4
      20 Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa   9:00 AM - 11:30 AM or 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • YMCA Malta Childcare **
      Jenna Graber, Childcare Director: (518) 583-4342, ext. 181
      10 Medical Park Drive, Ballston Spa   7:00 AM- 5:30 PM 
      ** Please Note:  UPK funding is applied as a discount towards the cost of the YMCA Malta full day childcare program--there are no part-time options for this site. Parents will be charged a weekly fee, minus the UPK funding, for the YMCA program.

    When are the classes held?

    The UPK program follows the school district calendar and classes run Monday through Friday. It does not operate in the summer months.

    Is transportation provided?

    No. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent(s).

    How do I sign my child up for the UPK program? 

    The registration period has ended. Applications received after January 31, 2021, will be placed on a wait list to be considered following the lottery, as spaces become available.

    Registration Checklist:

    1. Copy of your child's birth certificate 
    2. Copy of child’s current physical (within last 11 months) and up-to-date immunizations with the physician's name and address included
    3. Proof of District residency - TWO acceptable forms of proof required:  valid driver's license, current utility bill, signed lease or housing documents, or auto insurance policy/vehicle registration
    4. Completed Home Language Questionnaire
    5. Completed Application (Click HERE to download application packet) 

    How are students selected?

    The number of students selected in any given year is based on the availability of the New York State funding. In the event there are more applicants than available spaces, student placements will be determined through the use of a random lottery process that will take place after deadline for applications to be submitted has passed. Those not selected through the lottery process will be placed on a waiting list. 

    How will I be notified that my child was selected for the program?

    For applications received on or before January 31, 2021, parents/guardians will be notified by mail of placement or non-placement by February 28, 2021. Applications received  will receive notification as spaces become available. 


    Contact Kathleen Skellie or Pattie Ball, Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, at UPK@bscsd.org or (518) 884-7195 Ext 1374.