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Parents can sign children up for UPK in Seneca Falls

Officials in the Seneca Falls Central School District say grant funding has made a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program possible.

“It is with great excitement that we share with all of you that the Seneca Falls school district finally received grant funding to support a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for students of the Seneca Falls school district,  who turn 4 on or before December 1, 2022. It was the hard work, energy and advocacy of many over the years that made this grant funding possible,” the district said in a message to the community.

The district is now attempting to reach parents who have children that may qualify.

More details of the universal pre-K program, as outlined in a letter to the community below:

The district is committed to providing a high quality Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program. Our UPK program is designed to provide an enriching and developmentally appropriate experience for four year old students. Below is important information about our program:  

  • Location and Time: Frank Knight School during normal school hours.
  • Calendar: Follows the Frank Knight School calendar.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to families. 
  • Program cost: There is no cost to participate.
  • Transportation: Provided for children who are 4 years old at the start of the school year or after turning 4 years old.

Eligible children are defined as those who live in the boundaries of the Seneca Falls Central School District and will be 4 years old on or before December 1, 2022. If your child is eligible for kindergarten (four years old and turning 5 by December 1, 2022), they are not eligible to attend UPK.

Our program consists of a total of 36 slots for two UPK classrooms (18 in each classroom). If we receive more than 36 applications, we will use a lottery to draw for the 36 available slots. Students not drawn will be added to a waitlist. Please note that lottery results will not be shared over the phone. We will notify families by mail.

The following dates and deadlines are very important:

  • February 11: Registration packets available (online, picked up at the District Office located at 2 Butler Ave., or by calling (315) 568-5818 to have a registration packet mailed to you.                  
  • March 2 & March 3: If you need assistance completing the registration packet, support will be available at the district office by appointment only from 8:30-11:15 and 12:15-5:00 by calling Jackie Brown at (315) 568-5818. 
  • March 18: Packet deadline! All completed packets are due to the District Office. Packets received after March 18 will automatically be added to the end of the waitlist.
  • March 31: Lottery Drawing (if more than 36 applications).
  • April 4-8: Notification letters are mailed to students who receive a slot and those on the waitlist.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Clendenen at 315-568-5500 Ext. 3100.