• Universal Pre-K

    2024-2025 School Year

    Poughkeepsie City School District is happy to provide Full Day Universal Pre-K programs to 4 year olds across the district.  Our UPK program is grounded in early literacy and numeracy research and encourages inquiry and play to support learning, cooperation, and social-emotional growth.

    We are anticipating several UPK locations this year, both in district buildings and in the community.

    Locations include:

    • Dual language UPK at Smith Early Learning Center on Church Street (PCSD)
    • UPK at Smith Early Learning Center on Church Street (PCSD)
    • North Star Academy run by the Boys and Girls Club on Smith Street
    • Astor on Delafield Avenue
    • Day One on Hooker Avenue
    • Holy Trinity Main Campus on Springside Avenue
    • Holy Trinity Annex on Father Cody Drive
    • Dutchess Community College on Pendell Road

    UPK Lottery Registration Window has been extended to June 3!

    To register for the UPK lottery, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/Ex9AVpLpjo7rZB7TA

    Upon completion of the form, you will receive an email confirming your lottery number and details regarding the lottery process.

    The Lottery drawing will take place on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 10AM.

    Once the lottery is complete, if you have registered your child for UPK, you will receive an email with instructions on how to finalize your child's registration. If more spaces are available, the lottery registration will reopen and another drawing will take place.

    You will be notified of your child's placement by June 10, 2024.


    A lottery will be held to determine student placement in PCSD UPK program. The lottery is a requirement of New York State:

    151-1.4 Program design (d) School districts must establish a process to select eligible children to receive universal prekindergarten services on a random selection basis where there are more eligible children than can be served in a given school year.

    For a full description of the lottery policy, please read this document.

    Informational Sessions:

    Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 5pm-6pm @ Krieger Elementary School Auditorium

    The Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program provides curriculum and activities five days per week with full-day programs, which are appropriate to the age-level and individual needs of eligible children and promote cognitive, linguistic, physical, cultural, emotional and social development. Activities are learner-centered and are designed and provided in a way that promotes the child’s total growth and development in all areas including emergent English literacy. Children are encouraged to be self-assured and independent. 

    Eligible children are those who reside within the school district and are 3 and 4 years of age on or before December 1 of the year in which he or she is enrolled, or who will otherwise be first eligible to enter public school kindergarten commencing with the following school year. 

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