The Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) is a State-funded program that provides educationally-based high-quality prekindergarten to four-year-old children (must turn 4 years-old by December 1, 2020 to be eligible). Since 1998, this program has played an important role in assisting districts and students in meeting higher educational standards. It has created an earlier entry point to education, assisted in the coordination between a wide variety of early childhood settings and public education, and can assist in providing a more equitable learning experience for all children. Language and communication skills, creative and critical thinking skills, as well as the healthy development of large and fine motor skills, and optimal social-emotional development are integral components to a high quality UPK program.
Eastport-South Manor Central School District
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program
The date for the lottery has been postponed to Tuesday, April 28th
Pending the approval of the NYS budget, Eastport-South Manor Central School District will provide a half-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program at South Street School and Tuttle Avenue School for the 2020-21 school year in cooperation with SCOPE Education Services. The program is entirely funded for selected (and eligible) students through a lottery selection process. There are a limited number of funded students through a NYSED grant. As a result, there are no additional costs to local taxpayers.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program and Application Details
Location: South Street School and Tuttle Avenue School
Staff: A NYS certified teacher and assistant
Days: Monday through Friday
(UPK program will follow the ESM CSD 2020-2021 approved school calendar)
Hours: Two 2.5 hour Morning Sessions, 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Two 2.5 hour Afternoon Sessions, 12:00 - 2:30 PM
**Time preference will be considered, is not guaranteed, and based upon lottery results**
(Parents must provide transportation.)
Eligibility: Applicants must be a resident, not eligible for Kindergarten until September 2021, and 4 years of age (turn 4 on or before December 1, 2020).
There are a total of 54 grant-funded openings. Students will be selected at a public lottery to be held on April 1, 2020, at 9:45 AM (South Street School Library).
Successful applicants will then be contacted to complete the registration process.
CLICK BELOW TO ACCESS AND PRINT THE 2020-21 ESM UPK APPLICATION
CLICK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SCOPE'S UPK PROGRAM
Additional information can be obtained by clicking on the FAQ link on the sidebar to the left or by contacting the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (631) 801-3020.
Applications are due back via U.S. mail no later than Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Please click below for an online copy of the application.
All completed applications must be mailed to:
ESM CSD Office of Curriculum and Instruction
149 Dayton Avenue
Manorville, NY 11949