Universal Prekindergarten

Universal Prekindergarten


The deadline for Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Mid-Year Expansion applications is December 19, 2014.   If your district is enrolling (or has enrolled) additional UPK children since October 1, 2014 (BEDS Day) and you are eligible to apply, we encourage you to submit a Mid-Year Expansion application.

Mid-Year Grant Calculator 11-10-14

Mid-Year Expansion 14-15 application


The Office of Early Learning is pleased to announce funding for two UPK grants for school year 2014-15. These grants have separate applications and different deadlines. Please carefully review the grant application web page for additional information.

UPDATE 5/31/14: The new 2014-2015 Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program application is now available. This is for the new $340 million funding opportunity.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please be advised that the DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED to 12 PM on Friday, July 11, 2014 for the new $340 Million Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program. Questions regarding the application should be directed to the Early Learning Team at oel@mail.nysed.gov or by phone at (518) 474-5807.


UPDATE 4/30/14: The 2014-15 Allocational Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) application is now available.

The application deadline for the Allocational UPK grant is Friday, July 11, 2014.  Questions regarding the application should be directed to the Early Learning Team at oel@mail.nysed.gov or by phone at (518) 474-5807.


The New York State PreK Learning Standards were approved by the Board of Regents at their P-12 Education Committee Meeting on January 10, 2011.  More guidance regarding these PreK Standards will be forthcoming.  Thank you to all of you who provided feedback during the time of public comment. Your commitment to the field of early education is greatly appreciated. 

Prekindergarten Learning Standards

Half Day Pre-K/Kindergarten Scheduled Meal Service PDF icon (88KB)

Video: Priority Full-Day Pre-K and Expanded Half-Day Pre-K

Video: Priority Pre-K-Program Quality Self-Assessment

Full Day Prekindergarten Daily Schedule Samples:

Daily Schedule Sample 1PDF icon(47.3KB)

Daily Schedule Sample 2PDF icon(795KB)

Daily Schedule Sample 3PDF icon(103KB)

Daily Schedule Sample 4PDF icon(496KB)

NYSED Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Tool

Building relationships, partnering and collaboration are extremely important to facilitate the transition of prekindergarten students to kindergarten.  This is a time of great change for children, parents, families and schools in which new relationships, new expectations and new competencies are being developed. The local school district should have a comprehensive plan for supporting its newest incoming students and their families as they transition into a K-12 system.

The checklist below will help to determine how complete your school district’s prekindergarten to kindergarten transition plan is. It may signal areas for improvement for your district to work on to ensure a positive start for young children in the school community.

NYSED Transition Tool Checklist PDF icon(232KB)








Last Updated: December 3, 2014