P-12

Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education

2012-13 NYS Universal Prekindergarten Program


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Purpose of Program

The primary purpose of this program is to provide four-year-old students with an opportunity to access high-quality prekindergarten programs that will provide the foundation to help prepare them for future school success.

Eligible Applicants

District allocations are determined by a state aid formula prescribed in legislation, using data supplied to SED by each district. Eligible districts and their allocations are listed on the Statewide Prekindergarten Programs website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk/.

Two or more eligible districts may submit a joint application. Special instructions apply to joint applications.

Application Due Date

One original application and one original and two copies of the FS-20 budget must be postmarked by Friday, July 6, 2012 and submitted to:

New York State Education Department
Office of Grants Management
89 Washington Avenue, Room 464 EBA
Albany, NY 12234

Attn: Universal Prekindergarten Application

Questions

Questions regarding the UPK application may be directed to the Office of Early Learning by email at oel@mail.nysed.gov.

Date Posted

May 17, 2012

Universal Prekindergarten Information

  1. Section 3602-e of Education Law defines "eligible students" as resident children who are four years of age on or before December 1st of the year in which they are enrolled or who will otherwise be first eligible to enter public school kindergarten the following school year. Children who are eligible to enroll in kindergarten are not eligible for UPK.

  2. School districts must establish a process to select eligible students to receive UPK services. When there are more eligible applicants than can be served in a given school year the district must select students on a random basis.

  3. The applicant district must set aside a minimum of 10% of Universal Prekindergarten funds to be used for collaborating with eligible agencies to provide instruction in UPK classrooms. These agencies must be selected through a competitive process as outlined in Section 151-1.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner. A variance from this collaboration requirement may be requested if the district can document that they were unable to use 10% of their grant to collaborate due to circumstances outside the control of the district. Waivers will only be granted after careful review to ensure that the district has made extensive outreach to eligible agencies and has documented such outreach.

  4. UPK allocations are calculated to fund a specific number of students at a specific amount per pupil. To receive the full allocation, districts must serve the full number of students indicated.

  5. There is a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement for the UPK program. The statutory language accompanying the most recently enacted State Budget amended this requirement. As amended, Section 3602-(e)(11) of Education Law provides that “where the district serves fewer children during the current year than the lesser of the children served in the 2010-11 school year OR its base aidable prekindergarten pupils computed for the 2007-2008 school year, the school district shall have its apportionment reduced in an amount proportional to such deficiency”. The district’s MOE is specified in Column K of the Allocations Chart. A district must serve no fewer than the number of children specified in Column K of the Allocations Chart to ensure that its allocation is not reduced due to failure to meet the MOE.

  6. The statutory language accompanying the recently enacted State Budget extended the transition period for teachers at eligible agencies to obtain NYS Teacher Certification.

    1. Teachers employed by eligible agencies that are licensed by an agency other than SED may provide UPK instruction as long as they meet the qualifications prescribed by the applicable licensing or registering agency and have a written plan for obtaining a certificate valid in the early childhood grades within five years of commencing employment, or by June 30, 2017, whichever is later.

    2. Teachers employed by eligible agencies that are not licensed or registered by SED or another agency may provide UPK instruction as long as they meet they qualifications prescribed by the eligible agency and have a written plan for obtaining a certificate valid in the early childhood grades within five years of commencing employment, or by June 30, 2017, whichever is later.
Last Updated: May 17, 2012