Universal Prekindergarten

NYS Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK)


2017-2018 UPK Allocations List and Memo

NYS Budget - Fiscal Implications for PreK Grants updated 5/19/17 (pdf)

2017-2018 UPK Allocations List (excel)



The 2017-2018 application for the newly merged Universal PreK (UPK) and Priority PreK (PPK) programs is now available to be completed online via the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System (MVPS).  Application submissions are due Friday, July 28, 2017.

The Office of Early Learning application, entitled 2017-2018 NYS Universal Prekindergarten Program Application can be accessed by logging onto the business portal at http://portal.nysed.gov.   Once logged into the business portal, click on the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System link located in the My Applications section to access the UPK application.

Superintendents may refer to the SEDDAS User Guide for further information on creating SEDDAS accounts or by contacting the SEDDAS helpdesk at: seddas@nysed.gov for further assistance.

For your convenience, we have developed the MVPS Quick Guide that provides instructions on how Superintendents can entitle other district staff as users to the Office of Early Learning (OEL) portion of MVPS.  It is important to note that Principals and all other designated staff have a district level SEDDAS account under the district BEDS code.  Otherwise, they will be unable to access OEL applications.  For additional assistance with entitling account holders to access MVPS/OEL applications, please contact the Office of Early Learning at oel@nysed.gov.

In addition to completing the application in MVPS, districts must submit one original and two copies of the FS-20 Proposed Budget Summary to the address provided in the application postmarked by Friday, July 28, 2017.  The FS-20 budget is not available for download via the Grants Finance website; it must be downloaded from the online application in MVPS.

Please note that the UPK application will not be processed until the FS-20 Budget is received.  A printed application mailed with the FS-20 Budget will not be accepted in place of the online submission of the application by the Superintendent.  

Questions pertaining to the content of the application may be directed to the Office of Early Learning at oel@nysed.gov.



Starting a UPK program (Becoming a UPK Provider) PDF icon


New York State Prekindergarten Program Quality Assurance Protocol Word Document (318KB)


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 (external)


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


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)


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)



Last Updated: June 14, 2017