Universal Prek-Kindergarten

UPK stands for Universal Pre-Kindergarten. UPK is a New York State early childhood initiative administered by the New York State Education Department. UPK provides four-year-old children with a free comprehensive early childhood education while promoting their social-emotional, creative expressive aesthetic, physical, cognitive, linguistic and cultural developmet while participating in fun activities.

Our UPK program operates Monday-Friday from 8:30am-2:50pm.

The children will receive breakfast and lunch as part of the program. The UPK program follows the Creative Curriculum, which is based on 38 objectives for development and learning that are aligned with the Common Core State standards. The Creative Curriculum will cover all areas of children's development and learning - social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, math, science and technology, social studies, art and English language acquisition. The Creative Curriculum is shown to prepare your children for success later in school. The creative curriculum allows us to individualize our lessons for every child. Our day will consist of a circle time, learning activities, story time, outdoor play, arts & crafts, music & movement, gross motor activities and fine motor activities. We will have a theme of the week, incorporating our activities and art projects into this theme.

Most Terrific Child stands fully prepared to meet a target enrollment threshold of 15 full day child-care slots of children age 4 be enrolled in Full-day UPK in one classroom session affording priority to all children with the most need: low-income and children in out-of-home placement. The remainder of the UPK spots will be selected from a lottery taken from the waiting list of parents who have expressed interest in enrolling their children in our UPK program. Members of the PTA will help with the lottery process to keep it fair and equitable.