• Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) 2023-2024

    2023-2024 UPK

    2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR

    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 will be four years of age on or before December 1, 2023. A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is not eligible for the UPK program.

    Who coordinates with the UPK community-based organizations?

    The UPK program funding and instructional supports are 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?

    We have begun the process of requesting proposals from community-based organizations to provide UPK services.  Once the RFP process has been completed and UPK providers have been selected, their location and contact information will be provided here.

    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.

    What is the cost of this program?

    The UPK program is grant funded for the 2.5 hours (half day) or 5 hours (full day) of school that is provided.  There may be additional costs if a family chooses wrap-around care, which may be offered by our providers.

    Is transportation provided?

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

    If I call right away, will I be guaranteed a spot for my child?

    No. The district does not have a first-come, first served registration list. In the event that we have more enrollments than spaces, placement is based on a lottery system.

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

    Please note that registration for the UPK program is a two-step process. 

    Step 1:

    The open enrollment census period will begin on March 1, 2023 and will close on March 31, 2023.  Beginning on March 1, the application form will be available here.

    In the event that we have more enrollments than spaces, a random lottery will be conducted at the close of the enrollment period.  The lottery is designed to ensure equitable access for all families who submit census forms on or before March 31, 2023.   

    Step 2:

    Following the close of the enrollment period, families who are awarded placement will receive information on how to complete registration in order to hold their space for September.  They will be required to submit the information listed below no later than May 2, 2023.  Failure to submit all materials listed below by May 2, 2023, will void the application, and the placement will be awarded to another family.

    Registration Checklist:

    1. Online UPK Registration Packet:  FamilyID
    2. Copy of your child's birth certificate 
    3. Copy of child’s current physical (within the last 12 months) and up-to-date immunizations with the physician's name and address included
    4. 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

    If a lottery is required, for those not selected in the lottery, a wait list letter will be sent. Students will be placed on the wait list in the order in which their names are drawn in the lottery. 

    What if I apply outside the lottery window?

    Although we encourage families to participate in the annual open enrollment for the best chance of securing a seat for September, we accept UPK applications year round.  Applications received outside of the primary lottery window are placed at the end of a waiting list in the order they are received, and families will be notified if a space becomes available. 

    How are students selected?

    The number of students selected in any given year is based on the availability of 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 the 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?

    All families who submit a timely application will be mailed acceptance/declination letters by April 10, 2023.


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