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Universal Pre-K Program

Universal Pre-K Program

The Penfield Central School District is excited to offer Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)! This NYS grant-funded program is run in localPreschool aged children playing with blocks Community Based Organizations (CBOs). CBOs are existing organizations such as daycares and preschools. We know how important early learning is to our students and we are looking forward to offering this program to children who will be four years old on or before December 1, 2024.

Our Program includes:

  • Full day (5 ½ hours)
  • Free meals
  • Located in Community Based Organizations
  • Social-emotional and play-based curriculum aligned with the NYS Pre-Kindergarten Standards

More information about our program is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have additional questions about the UPK program, please contact Mary Sapone at (585) 249-5733 or


Selection Process

Students will be selected to participate in the UPK program through a lottery system. Based on New York State allocations, Penfield has 90 UPK spots available. Students who apply to our UPK program will be chosen based on an equitable lottery system. Each child will be given a number and numbers will be selected at random. Families with multiplies (twins, triplets, etc.) will have each child entered as an individual student. The selection of one twin or triplet has no effect on the selection number of other siblings during the lottery process. 


UPK Application

Click here for the UPK Application for the 2024-25 School Year.


Waitlist Process

  • Families who have a child selected for Universal Pre-Kindergarten will be notified by email and will be responsible for confirming their acceptance into the UPK program.
  • When an opening becomes available, the waitlist will be accessed in the order families’ numbers were drawn during the lottery. 
  • Location preferences will not be considered when the waitlist is accessed.
  • When an opening becomes available, families will be called and emailed.
  • A family presented with an opening will be given the choice to accept the opening or to be moved to the bottom of the waitlist to wait for another opening to occur.
  • Families will have 48 hours to indicate whether they accept the opening or would like to be moved to the bottom of the waitlist.
  • As openings occur, the waitlist will continue to be accessed accordingly until there are no more families on the list.


If you have questions about the Penfield UPK program, please contact Mary Sapone at (585) 249-5733 or