UPK Curriculum and Program Information
UPK is a developmentally appropriate, learner-centered educational program for four year-olds. The goal of the UPK program is to provide your child with high quality instruction and structured activities designed to facilitate social-emotional growth, as well as develop language and communication, creative and critical thinking, and gross and fine motor skills.
The importance of play is also emphasized as teachers plan developmentally appropriate experiences for your child. Through play, children explore and construct understandings about the world - and themselves. They interact with peers and adults, and grow socially through the context of play. The UPK program offers them an opportunity to "Play to Learn…and Learn to Play".
Home Language Questionnaire
In order to provide your child with the best possible education, it will be necessary to determine how well he/she understands, speaks, reads, and writes English. Therefore, a Home Language Questionnaire (HLQ), written in your home language, is part of the UPK application packet.
As required by the New York State Education Department, you will need to submit proof that your child has had a complete physical exam prior to the start of the school year. We also strongly encourage your child to have a thorough Dental Exam by a pediatric dentist.
Each child is required by the NYSED to have a health statement on file, which includes a record of up-to-date immunizations under the signature of the child's source of medical care. The immunization record of all students enrolled in UPK will be reviewed to ensure compliance with NYS regulations. You have 30 days from the start of the school year to submit the completed record of immunizations.
*** All other requirements are explained in the UPK application. ***