Universal Prekindergarten

NYS Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK)


Starting a UPK program (Becoming a UPK Provider)

If you are interested in starting a UPK program in your school, please contact the school district where your school is located.  The UPK program is an allocational grant offered to public school districts only.  In order for a community based organization/private preschool to participate in the UPK program, it must contract with the local public school district.  School districts must then select community based organizations that it contracts with through a competitive process.  You must contact the school district directly to learn about any possible opportunities to contract with them and what the process is.   You may visit our UPK directory page to see if your school district has a UPK program: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk/upkdirectory.html.


2016-2017 UPK Program Application

The application for the 2016-2017 Universal Prekindergarten grant is now available to be completed online via the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System (MVPS).  Application submissions are due Thursday, June 30, 2016. 


The Office of Early Learning application, entitled 2016-17 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 Thursday, June 30, 2016.  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.


2015-2016 Mid-Year Expansion & Fully Implemented Applications

Please click on the following links below for the Mid-Year Expansion Application & Grant Calculator, and the Fully Implemented Status Application. 

Mid-Year Expansion Application Word Document(71KB)

Mid-Year Grant Calculator (134KB)

Fully Implemented Status Application Word Document(52KB)


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

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: December 13, 2016