• UPK Application

    Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is a special Early Childhood program which was established by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and contracted School Districts to provide an early learning experience for the children of eligible families. Eligible families are defined as those who live in a contracted School District and have children who will be four years old by December 1, 2020.

    This is an Early Childhood program conducted with a qualified teacher and an assistant in every class. The children attend five (5) half days for 2 1/2 hours each day, for 180 days per school year, AT NO COST TO YOU. There are also a LIMITED number of slots in a Full-Day (5-Hour) Pre-K program. Placement will be determined based on income eligibility, and other criteria.You can request consideration for the full-day program on the Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten page of this application.

    Please note that, due to school closures as per Governor Cuomo's Executive Orders, there are changes in the UPK application process. The information below supersedes the information on the UPK applications. 


    Contact with the UPK Office must be done through email only since the UPK staff is working from remote locations. Please do not call or fax the office at this time. The UPK staff will respond to your emails as quickly as possible. Here are the emails for the UPK staff:

    Karina Diaz: kdiaz@ercsd.org

    Jacquelin Contreras:jcontreras@ercsd.org