Universal PreK - 2017-2018

  • Hyde Park Central School District Universal Pre-K Application

    2017-2018 School Year

    Hyde Park CSD is accepting applications for Pre-Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year  Applications will be accepted until all available openings are filled; after that, applicants will be placed on a wait list.  Registration for UPreK will be at Hyde Park Elementary School; if there are any questions, please call 845-229-4000 ext. 1201.

    Two different locations will host classrooms:

    Hyde Park Elementary School (Abilities First - 845-698-1072)

    St. Peter’s Schools (845-471-6600)

    -    Who is eligible?

    Students living in the Hyde Park CSD who will turn four by December 1, 2017. 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?

    Complete the following packet and return by mail or in person to Aviva Kafka, Deputy Superintendent at 11 Boice Road, Hyde Park. 

    -  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 within a week of receipt of all application materials.

    -   How will I know which program my child will be attending?

    Parents will identify their first and second placement choices on the application forms. The district will do its best to honor these choices as much as possible.

    -   Is transportation provided?

    Yes, the Hyde Park CSD will provide transportation.

    -   How are the programs different?   The same?

    All two settings provide a full day program, following the Hyde Park CSD calendar. Both have rich, preschool curriculum that has been approved by the New York State Education Department. Both have class sizes that meet the needs of our youngest learners.

    Abilities First classrooms are designed to provide inclusive settings for both students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers. 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 forms 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



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