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UPK Student



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. The open enrollment period for UPK has closed.  Applications received after March 1, 2024, will be added to our waiting list in the order in which they are received.

UPK Class Locations, Contact Information, and Hours of Operation

  • Ballston Area Community Center - Full Day (9:00 am-2:00 pm)
    20 Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa
    (518) 885-3261 ext. 4

    The Ballston Area Community Center Universal Pre-Kindergarten program offers an interdisciplinary approach to helping each child foster an academic, social, and emotional foundation. The BACC UPK program provides a variety of opportunities for each child to become involved in learning through cognitive-based activities and through socialization.
  • LifeWorks Head Start - Full Day (8:30 am - 2:30 pm) *Income verification required through LifeWorks
    100 Saratoga Village Blvd Suite 35, Ballston Spa
    (518) 288-3206 ext. 157

    LifeWorks Head Start offers services to families in Saratoga County whose income is at or below the federal poverty guidelines. Head Start uses a research-based, early childhood curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten. In addition, LifeWorks supports the whole family, not just the children enrolled in the program.    

    *Please note: You must meet Head Start eligibility requirements to qualify for UPK at Head Start.  Click here to read the eligibility requirements for Head Start.
  • Little Achievers Child Care and Learning Center - Full Day (8:30 am-1:30 pm)*
    2443 State Route 9, Malta 
    (518) 313-0033

    Little Achievers Child Care and Learning Center offers a developmentally appropriate program for young children that fosters the whole child concept, respects each child as an individual, and stimulates a child's natural interest in and enjoyment of learning. Little Achievers Child Care and Learning Center promotes social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development to foster a foundation for lifelong success.

    *Please note: The UPK program will operate from 8:30 am-1:30 pm.  Center hours are 7:30 am-5:30 pm, and before and after care is provided.  The UPK program will follow the Ballston Spa Central School District calendar, but parents who select this site are required to pay full tuition on holidays, vacation weeks, and during summer vacation.  Parents will be charged tuition, minus UPK funding, for this program.


How do I sign my child up for the UPK program after the open enrollment period has ended?

Although we encourage families to participate in the annual open enrollment for the best chance of securing a placement for September, we continue to accept UPK applications after the close of the lottery period.   Applications received after March 1, 2024, will be added to a wait list in the order they are received, and families will be notified if a space becomes available.

Please  note that the following is required for registration:

UPK Registration Checklist: Please review the information below to prepare for completing the registration process.  All documents must be uploaded to the registration platform, except physical/immunization records, which may be faxed Attn: UPK to 518-885-2530. 

UPK Registration Checklist


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

UPK Class