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Universal Pre-Kindergarten


Heather Balsamo

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is a New York State funded program specifically designed for 4-year-olds not eligible for kindergarten. Each year Webster CSD invites eligible children who reside in the district to apply. Transportation is not part of this state-funded program. 

With the passing of the most recent state budget, additional funding has been allocated to all New York State school districts to expand UPK. These new dollars, that total almost $1.1 million for Webster, are dedicated to a full-day (five-hour) UPK program. Webster CSD is able to continue to offer the half-day program as part of the older funding as an option to families depending on community interest.

The play-based program engages students in social and emotional skills with a heavy emphasis on communication. The full-day program is housed in all seven of the district’s elementary schools, Webster Schroeder High School plus child care partners. Half-day programs are also available depending on community needs where space is available. Locations are determined by the lottery and according to the child's home catchment for kindergarten.

The UPK program is five days a week, Monday - Friday, 5 hours per day and follows the Webster CSD school calendar. When Webster K-5 students have off, UPK students do not have school.

2022-23 Lottery Application

The lottery is currently CLOSED for the 2022-23 school year. Our ongoing application is open to accept families to the waiting list. Once there is an opening for 2022-23, your family will be contacted. To sign up for this waiting list, please select the 2022-23 Registration button below.


2022-23 Lottery Application

2023-24 Lottery Application

The lottery application for the 2023-24 school year is closed. Please complete the application via the link below to be added to our wait list.

  • Half-day  at STARS Preschool is located at 1456 Ridge Road.
  • For families looking for full-day UPK with wrap care, Webster CSD partners with Kids First Childcare.
  • March: Lottery Selection Process takes place.
  • April: Families are notified of lottery results via email from registration is completed through Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
  • May 1, 2, 3, 30 & 31 - Parent orientation and play based screening.
We are currently full, please click to add your child to our waitlist.
2023-24 Lottery Application


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