UPK program delivers promise for tomorrow’s students; Registration now open for 2024-25 school year

UPK students learning about hibernation
UPK students learning about hibernation

The South Colonie Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program continues to deliver quality educational resources as students enter a school environment for the first time. The district coordinates programs and services to enable students and their families to make the first-time school experience seamless. The program, which has been offered by the district for several decades creates a positive classroom experience complete with an extensive curriculum specifically developed for students entering their formative school years.

“As a district, we are fortunate to offer a comprehensive UPK curriculum to not only engage our students but to also create a positive environment that fosters learning and excitement,” said South Colonie Supervisor of Special Programs William Boardman. “We look forward to our students’ progression as they begin to develop the skills necessary to be successful in today’s classroom.”

2024-25 Programming

The South Colonie Central School District offers two options for Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK): half-day and full-day programs.

The half-day program comprises 2 ½ hours of programming, while the full-day program provides a five-hour learning experience. Both options have staggered start times to prevent traffic congestion compared to the K-4 school day schedule. It’s important to note that transportation is not available for either program.

Enrollment in the UPK program is determined through a random lottery conducted in the spring of the preceding school year. All parents must register their students by May 22 for the lottery to be eligible for UPK.

Funding for the UPK program comes in part from a grant provided by New York State, with the remaining funds being supplied by the school district’s general fund.


Questions about the program can be directed to Maria Butler by phone at (518) 869-6759 ext. 3 or by email butlerm@scolonie.org.