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Universal Pre-K

Heather Balsamo
Heather Balsamo



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 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, Schroeder High School plus child care partners. Half-day programs are also available dependent on community needs where space is available.  Locations are determined by the lottery and according to child's home catchment for Kindergarten.

The UPK program is five days a week, Monday through Friday and follows the Webster CSD school calendar. When Webster K-5 students have off, UPK students do not have school.  Students attend about 8isham -1ishpm and vary a little based on school's start time. 
**Due to recent family moves, we have a limited number of openings in both our full and half day Pre-K for this school year.   Please complete our ongoing application  to be added to the waiting list for the current school year.  Once there is an opening, your family will be contacted. 

A recording of our Parent Workshop on August 9th - - Transition to School 

  • LOTTERY is currently CLOSED for 22-23 -Our ongoing application is open to accept families to the waiting list.  Once there is an opening, your family will be contacted. 
  • February 14 - March 14 -Lottery Application for 23-24 school year will be open.
  • 1/2 day  STARS Preschool  located at 1456 Ridge Road 
  • For our families looking for the full day with wrap care, we partner with Kids First Childcare -
  • March - Lottery Selection Process will take place
  • April  - Families will be notified of lottery result via email from
  • April-May - Registration completed through Infinite Campus Parent Portal



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