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Universal Pre-K Enrollment
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Monday, January 06, 2020
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The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program provides an educationally-based, high-quality pre-kindergarten program free to all eligible children.  UPK is a free pre-K program, funded by New York State and the school district, for children who turn four (4) years old on or before December 1st each school year (child cannot be age-eligible for Kindergarten) and reside in the Hadley-Luzerne CSD.

How to register:

  • Complete and return the Quick Interest form attached.  Upon receipt of the Quick Interest form, you will be mailed a full registration packet; or

  • Call 518-696-2378 x1101 and request a registration packet to be mailed to you.


When registration materials are requested/sent, you will also get a call to schedule an appointment for UPK round-up which will be held on May 13 or 14, 2020. 


A parent/guardian must be present at the round-up appointment.


UPK provides developmentally appropriate activities to help children prepare for kindergarten.  As the state’s standards and expectations become more rigorous, making sure young children enter school with basic skills in place is critical for success.  All UPK classes are taught by a New York State certified teacher and minimally one classroom teacher aide.  

The UPK program is located at the Stuart M. Townsend Elementary School and runs for 2 hours, 45 minutes daily and follows the normal school year calendar. Depending on enrollment, program sessions may be offered in both the morning (8:00 AM to 10:45 AM) and afternoon (11:15 AM to 2:00 PM).  If enrollment deems only one session, it will operate in the morning.  


  • Be four years old on or before December 1st of the year in which he or she is enrolled; and

  • Live in the Hadley-Luzerne school district.



Activities involved in the UPK program:

  • Reading readiness and early literacy development;


  • Exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction;


  • Math skills;


  • Science lessons and discovery;


  • Social skills;


  • Self-help skills;


  • Fine and gross motor skills;


  • Music, dance, library and art;


  • Educational field trips;


  • Christmas concert; and


  • End-of-year graduation ceremony.


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