Universal PreK 2019-2020

  • Hyde Park Central School District

    Universal Pre-K Information & Application

    2019-2020 School Year


    The UPreK application form will be posted on our website soon.  Registration for UPreK will be at 11 Boice Road, Hyde Park (by appointment only - 845-229-4000 ext. 1601); if there are any questions, please call 845-229-4000 ext. 1201.


     -    Who is eligible?

    Students living in the Hyde Park CSD who will turn four by December 1, 2019. Priority will be given to students eligible for free or reduced lunch.

    -   How much does it cost?

    Universal Pre-K is fully funded through a grant. There is no charge to families for this program.

     -   How do I apply?

    By appointment for the initial registration as noted above.  Thereafter, registration will be at the convenience of the parent. Registration will be located at District Office, 11 Boice Road, in the town of Hyde Park – 12538.

    -  UPK Application Form including Free / Reduced Lunch Application 

    Forms will also be available at each elementary building and at district office.

    (Packets must include copies of birth certificate, immunization and physical, proof of residency and picture ID of parents/guardian.)

    -   How will I know if my child has been accepted?

    Families will receive written notification of their acceptance upon receipt of all application materials.

    -   Is transportation provided?

    Yes, the Hyde Park CSD will provide transportation.

    -   What does the program offer?   

    The program will provide a full day program, following the Hyde Park CSD calendar and has a rich, preschool curriculum that has been approved by the New York State Education Department. Class size will meet the needs of our youngest learners.

    Students receiving special education services will be placed through the Committee on Preschool Special Education process. Students without special needs will register through the Hyde Park CSD, using the application form listed above.

     The following is a sample full day schedule:

    • Arrival - greeting, choice of a quiet activity
    • Snack
    • Small group – morning meeting, which includes mini-lessons. Children then choose centers.
    • Center time – child initiated activities with teacher support as needed.
    • Recall time – review of centers
    • Large Motor – outdoor playground play or similar activity
    • Lunch
    • Small group – example: science/math/art/story/ teacher guided activities
    • Music and movement
    • Center time
    • Closing meeting
    • Dismissal



Universal PreK

2018-2019 UPK Application