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Seneca Falls to add universal Pre-K this fall

The Seneca Falls School District is adding a universal pre-kindergarten program (UPK) this fall.

Superintendent Jeramy Clingerman said the district was awarded a $360,000 grant from the state Education Department to fund the program, something officials have been seeking for years, according to a news release from the district.

The school board voted unanimously at their Thursday, February 3 meeting to put the UPK program into place. It will serve a maximum of 36 children in two classrooms at Frank Knight Elementary School.

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The grant will also fund new classroom furniture, supplies, staff development, screening tools and assessments, and food service. Clingerman says the grant is reoccurring, and the district will receive annual funding for the UPK program.

Children who turned four-years-old by December 1, 2021 are eligible for the full-day, five-day program, which will start in September.

Parents interested in enrolling their child can head here starting Friday, February 11 to complete registration. Registration packets are due March 18.