2021 Universal Pre Kindergarten Questions and Answers
Does my child qualify for the UPK program?
Children who are four years old prior to or on December 1, 2021 and are not eligible for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year are therefore eligilble for the UPK program. Additionally, there is no income requirement for eligibility.
How many spots are available for the 2021-2022 school year?
The grant covers 70 students, but we currently only have one provider who has 19 slots available. If more than 19 students/families apply, the district will use a lottery system to pick 19 students from the list of interested families. See timeline below for when that will happen. The district is actively looking for additional community partners/providers in order to increase the number of open slots.
Where will the BH-BL UPK be housed?
This program will be housed on the site of the community-based organization(s) that has been chosen to partner with BH-BL and will not be housed at one of the district schools. Our current provider is the Glenville YMCA, which also runs the Learning Ladder Nursery School, in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Rt 50. There is no religious affiliation with the church – they operate as two separate entities.
What are the days/hours of this program?
The BH-BL UPK Program will follow the mandates outlined in the grant, which is to provide a program that is 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 180 days. Lunch and snack will be provided. The current UPK program provided by the Glenville YMCA goes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Will transportation be provided for this program?
Transportation is not available. Families will have to transport to and from the UPK program.
What is the cost of this program?
The cost of the UPK program is free for the five hours of school that it is provided. There may be additional costs if a family chooses wrap-around care, which is currently offered by our one provider.
Will there be before and after care provided?
This will be dependent upon what community based organization(s) the district partners with and if they are able to provide this at an additional cost to families. Currently, Glenville YMCA does provide before and/or after care for interested families at an additional cost.
What curriculum will be used and does it align with BH-BL CSD and NYS Standards?
BH-BL does have to approve the curriculum used in the UPK Program. Currently, the Glenville YMCA is using Creative Curriculum, which has been approved by the district and it does not have any religious content.
What is the timeline for when parents will find out if their child will be in the BH-BL UPK Program?
Timeline for the 2022-2023 UPK Program:
- Tuesday, March 1 through Friday, March 25, 2022: Applications for UPK need to be submitted. (all forms can be found on the district website)
This must include:
- UPK application
- Residency Questionnaire
- Census Form
- Home Language Questionnaire
- Birth Certificate
- Health Appraisal/Immunization
- Three Proofs of Residency
- ALL applications must be submitted by FRIDAY, March 25, 2022.
* Only complete applications will be entered into the lottery.
- The lottery for completed applications will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022
- Time and location will be communicated to families ahead of time
- Families are welcome to attend, but ALL families will be informed of the results immediately following the lottery.
- Families selected for the UPK program through the lottery and those placed on the waiting list will receive an email notification on Friday, April 1, 2022 or Monday, April 4, 2022.
- September 2022: The BH-BL UPK School Starts
Any questions about the program can be directed to: