Pre-Kindergarten pilot program

Pre-Kindergarten Updates

UPDATES TO PRE-K FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
 
 

In mid-April, school districts learned of a new funding for Universal Pre-Kindergarten as a component of the American Rescue Plan. As a result, Spencerport is re-evaluating its Pre-Kindergarten Pilot Program for a potential expansion to additional sections of full day Pre-Kindergarten.  


The first item in our planning phase included reaching out to the families who have already applied for the ½ day Spencerport Pilot Pre-K program. On Tuesday, May 11th, a parent forum was held for the families whose children were accepted into the ½ day program and those families on the waitlist for the ½ day program. A recording of this forum is available at the link below.  


Recording of the forum: Parent forum on UPK


There are requirements around how districts spend the UPK Funding. Some of the parameters include: 

  • Funding is ONLY available for full-day UPK programs.

  • Programs must run for at least 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, for at least 180 days. 

  • Eligible students must be four years old on or before December 1, 2021.

 

Below are the details of the Spencerport full-day UPK program:
 

  • Four UPK classrooms across the district for the 21-22 school year 

  • One classroom of 18 students at each of the four elementary buildings 

  • Each classroom has one certified Spencerport teacher and one paraprofessional. 

  • Students may attend UPK in a different building than they will attend K-5.  

  • Hours of operation: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday 

  • Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian; bussing is not provided. 

  • Spencerport UPK is a no-cost program for participating families. 

  • It is strongly encouraged that students are potty-trained.  

  • There is no wrap-around care offered at this time. 

  • Rest/nap time will be included in the daily schedule.  

  • Students will have the option to purchase breakfast and lunch at school. Students can also bring their own lunch.

 

Below is the timeline for instituting the full day UPK program in Spencerport for September 2021.
 

Date

Action Step

May 11, 2021

  • Parent forum for families who applied for the ½ day Spencerport Pre-K pilot program

 

May 12, 2021

  • Request for Proposals sent to Community Based Organizations in Spencerport.

 

May 24, 2021

  • Community Based Organizations applications for partnerships are due to District Office

 

May 25 to 29, 2021

  • Review Requests for Proposals and establish partnership with a Community Based Organization (if a suitable relationship can be formed)

 

Early June

  • Establish and communicate location, transportation, hours of operation for the program(see above)

  • Hire Teachers and Teaching Assistants

 

June 4, 2021

  • Send Commitment Form to families who applied for the ½ day Spencerport Pilot Pre-K program

  • Commitment form is due June 11, 2021

 

June 9, 2021

  • Publish District-wide online application to age-eligible students in the entire district for the remaining seats in the full-day program

  • Age-eligible students are four years old on or before December 1, 2021

  • A link to the online application will be available on this website

  • Application is due June 23, 2021

 

June 25, 2021

  • Lottery (will be conducted if the number of district-wide applicants exceeds the number of seats available)

 

Late June

  • Acceptance packets mailed

  • Waitlist letters mailed, if needed

 

July 2021

  • Register UPK students

 

September 2021

  • September 8th: Meet and Greet (additional information to follow)

  • September 9th: First day of UPK!

 

 

As updates become available, they will be posted on this website. Please come back to check for new information. We will also be communicating updates on our District social media—Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  


APPLICATIONS 
The 2021-2022 application closed on June 23, 2021. 

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More information on the UPK program and wait list procedures can be found below.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Child turns 4 years old on or before December 1, 2021 (born between December 2, 2016 and December 1, 2017) 
  • Child resides in the Spencerport Central School District 
  • Child is able to attend UPK five days a week 
  • Parent/guardian is able to arrange transportation to and from UPK

Spencerport’s UPK Program Details:

  • Spencerport UPK is a no cost program for participating families. 
  • The UPK program is located at each of the four Elementary Schools; students may attend UPK in a school different from the one where they will attend K-5.
  • UPK classes will be taught by a certified teacher with the assistance of a Teaching Assistant. 
  • Class size will be capped at 18 students per class.
  • It is strongly encouraged that students are potty-trained before attending UPK.  
  • To be considered, families must complete and return a UPK application.

  Lottery:

  • Should the number of applicants exceed the number of available spots in the program, a lottery will be held on June 25, 2021 at the Spencerport District Office.    
  • The lottery will accept the students for the available UPK slots and include a rank order for the UPK wait list. 
  • Within a couple weeks, families will receive a letter in the mail to let them know if the child was selected to be in the UPK program or if he/she was placed on the waiting list. 
  • If selected in the lottery, families will receive a packet of important information.
  •  Included will be: 
    • An acceptance form, which must be received within a week (the date indicated on the letter), or your child’s slot will be assigned to the next child on the wait list 
    • School Registration paperwork 
    • A note from the child’s UPK teacher 

Wait List Procedures:

  • The wait list will be maintained during the school year in the event seats in the program become available. 
  • If/when a parent/guardian of a selected student decides not to enroll the child, or un-enrolls from the program, the first family on the wait list will be contacted. This will repeated until a family accepts the available slot.   
  • Any student of a family that rejects the offered slot is moved to the end of the waiting list. 

Registration:

Selected UPK students and a parent/guardian must attend a UPK Registration Session. Details on registration will be included in the acceptance packets.

 

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Kristen Paolini, Director of Curriculum, at 349-5156 or you may e-mail her at kpaolini@spencerportschools.org