Weekly Feature

2018-03-08 / Education

Universal Pre-K deadline approaching

The Orchard Park School district is reminding parents that the deadline to submit an application for the district’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten is Friday, March 30.

Applications for UPK are currently being accepted for the 2018-19 school year. In order to participate in the UPK program, children must reside in the district attendance area and be 4 years old by Dec. 1. of the year they start the program.

The district is able to offer the UPK program through a grant provided by the state Education Department. This grant covers the cost of the program but does not cover transportation. It is the responsibility of each family to transport their child to the UPK site.

There are a designated number of UPK spots available. If more apply than there are openings, there will be a lottery to determine who will attend. Children are randomly selected for the program. Selection is not based on academic or economic need. All children are equally eligible for participation.

The Orchard Park UPK program is not housed in the Orchard Park Elementary School buildings. The district partners with local preschools as community-based preschool UPK sites.

Families who apply for Orchard Park’s UPK program will be asked to provide their preschool site preference. The district attempts to accommodate families’ first or second choice whenever possible.

The following documents are required when submitting a UPK application: completed registration form; completed home language questionnaire; proof of residency (two recent, valid forms are necessary); parent/ guardian driver’s license; birth certificate; and vaccination records for the child.

These forms may be downloaded from the district’s website, www.opschools.org/upk, picked up at the central registrar’s office at the Orchard Park School District offices, 2240 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, or mailed to the applicant upon request. Call 209-6325 to request a UPK packet.

Visit www.opschools.org/upk for more information about the UPK program.

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