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Universal Pre-K

What is Universal Pre-K?

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) provides developmentally appropriate activities to help four-year-olds prepare for Kindergarten. UPK is a program established and supported by the New York State Education Department, which partners with local school districts to provide a preschool experience for the children of eligible families. UPK is funded via Office of Early Learning grant allocations AND Clinton CSD’s dedicated local funding sources. All programs are contingent upon the approval of the District’s annual school budget each May. 

For the 2024-2025 school year, the Clinton Central School District will be establishing one UPK classroom. The program/classroom has a capacity of eighteen (18) students.  A random lottery will be held in May to determine which students receive a placement. Any student not selected is placed on a waiting list that will be activated should other students decline enrollment/move, and thus create an opening.  


The Clinton Central School District is offering Universal Pre-K (UPK) for the 2024-25 school year with partial funding from New York State. UPK is a free program open to children residing in the school district who will be four years old by December 1, 2024. 

Please note: Students that are age-eligible to enter traditional Kindergarten (5 years old by December 1, 2024) are not eligible for UPK.

How to apply for the UPK Program

Interested families should complete this application form by 3 PM on April 19,2024. Please note that completing the interest form does not guarantee enrollment.

UPK Lottery

Entry into the UPK class is determined by random lottery based on interest form submissions. The lottery will take place on May 1, 2024.  Families will be notified by email of the lottery results on or around May 3, 2024.

You can read more about the lottery process here.

Once selected and notified, parents/guardians must complete all formal registration paperwork in order to officially register their students and retain the slot. Registration form, health office requirements, and other paperwork required to enroll in  UPK are linked on the side bar of this page. All application forms are also available in the main office of the Elementary School. These completed forms, along with proof of residency, an immunization record, and the child’s birth certificate, should be submitted to the District Office by May 17, 2024. Please note that incomplete forms and/or missing documentation may jeopardize program enrollment.

UPK Program

Prekindergarten is an important stage in early childhood education. It provides a strong foundation for future academic and personal success. Prekindergarten helps children develop social and emotional skills, such as sharing, taking turns, and cooperating with others. It also helps them build cognitive skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Prekindergarten programs often focus on play-based learning, which is a fun and engaging way for children to learn and explore. By attending prekindergarten, children are better prepared for kindergarten and beyond. They have a head start in developing  the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school and in life

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the classes located?

Classes are located at Clinton Elementary School. Housing the program in the same building with their Kindergarten peers can help ease the transition for children from Pre-K to Kindergarten. They become familiar with the school environment, layout, and even some of the staff members before officially starting Kindergarten. It also allows for better alignment of curriculum and teaching practices, ensuring a smoother educational progression for students. Finally, being housed in the Elementary School offers access to resources, such as the library and playground.

What are the days and hours of UPK?

UPK follows the Clinton school calendar and runs Monday through Friday. The full day runs from 8:50-3:05. Doors open for parents to drop off students at 8:50.

Is transportation provided for my child?

Transportation services will be extended to our pre-kindergarten students. They will have the opportunity to ride school buses, ensuring a safe and convenient journey to and from school. For the youngest passengers, under the age of 4, safety remains our top priority. Therefore, they will be securely strapped into car seats during transit until they reach the age of 4.

Will my child be provided with meals during the Pre-K program?

In our Pre-Kindergarten program, we prioritize serving healthy lunches family-style and providing nutritious snacks to promote healthy eating habits from a young age. This approach fosters social interaction, builds independence, and supports children's physical health and wellbeing. By engaging in mealtime routines, children learn about balanced nutrition, develop communication skills, and gain cultural awareness while enjoying a sense of community with their peers and teachers.


Mrs. Michelle Gabree-Huba
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Technology

Mr. Edward Waskiewicz

Nicole DeVasto

Sarah Saunders

Program Hours

  • Full Day 8:50 AM - 3:05 PM


Request for Proposals

Clinton Central School District Request for Proposals

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program for 2024 – 2025 School Year (with Possible Extension for Four Additional One-Year Periods)

Notice is hereby given that the Clinton Central School District is Seeking Proposals for Universal Prekindergarten Program for the
2024 – 2025 school year.

In accordance with applicable law and the District’s policies and procedures, contracts for professional services requiring special skill or training are not subject to competitive bidding requirements of Section 103 of General Municipal Law.

Sealed proposals will be received in their final form no later than April 12 at 10:00 a.m. in the Business Office 75 Chenango Ave, Clinton, New York 13323

Link to requirements listed here