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Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program  

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About the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program:

The Watervliet Universal Pre-Kindergarten program is collaboration between the Watervliet City School District, and Albany Community Action Partnership.

Classrooms: The Watervliet CSD currently operates four full day UPK classrooms. The classrooms are located at Watervliet Elementary School and employ Head Start teachers. The UPK staff are NYS certified pre-K educators and teacher aides. All four rooms are supervised by the WCSD Universal Pre-Kindergarten Director.

Funding: The UPK program offers free access to a high-quality, full day, early education program for all eligible children. Funding for the UPK program is provided by New York State, enabling 71 children to participate in this excellent educational program. The curriculum is aligned with New York State standards and our local kindergarten curriculum. Before and after-care is available on a fee basis through local community agencies that provide the service at each site.

Eligibility: Per regulation, for a child to be eligible to attend the UPK program his or her family must live in the Watervliet City School District. Children must be four years old by December 1 of the year they are enrolled in the program, but may not yet be 5 years old by this date.

Calendar: All four UPK classes follow the Watervliet City School District calendar, including any unplanned school closings or delays.

Enrollment/Registration: Enrollment for the program begins in the spring of the preceding year. A notice announcing registration dates will be sent home from the Elementary School and also be posted on the school website and VLT (the local access channel) in early March. There are 71 UPK slots available. 2013-14 application form

Selection Process: If more than 71 applications are received a lottery will be implemented and every applicant will be assigned a random number. Then children will be selected by lottery. Parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to accept or reject selection. The process will continue until all 71 slots are filled or until the list of applicants is exhausted. A waiting list will be maintained.

If you have any further questions please contact the Universal Pre-Kindergarten office at (518) 629-3263.

Contact Us


David Wareing, UPK Director dwareing@vliet.neric.org

Geraldine Ferris, Home School Coordinator gferris@vliet.neric.org

Jill OConnell, Secretary joconnel@vliet.neric.org

Room 104
Phone #
Sarah Wooldridge swooldri@vliet.neric.org
Margaret Kramer mkramer@vliet.neric.org
Anne Blake ablake@vliet.neric.org

Room 110
Phone #629-3410
Heather Fahlmann hfahlman@vliet.neric.org
Igdaliah Israel iisrael@vliet.neric.org

Room 111
Phone #629-3411
Diane Jacob djacob@vliet.neric.org
Rebecca Haessler rhaessler@vliet.neric.org
Victoria Okung vokung@vliet.neric.org

Room 213
Phone #629-3413
Adrianne Todd atodd@vliet.neric.org
Carson Frame cframe@vliet.neric.org
Kristin Geene kgeene@vliet.neric.org