Universal Prekindergarten

NYS Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK)

The Office of Early Learning provides oversight and technical support to school districts in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies related to educating students in prekindergarten to third grade that are aligned with the NYS Board of Regents Early Childhood Policy. The Office works closely with parents, early care and education agencies, school districts, state agencies and other community advocates to coordinate programs and resources, with the goal of making New York's early learning system as comprehensive and seamless as possible.

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

Updated 05/08/18: 
2018-2019 UPK Allocations Memo and List

Understanding Your 2018-19 Universal Prekindergarten Allocation (Word)

2018-2019 UPK Allocations List (Excel) ___________________________________________________

Prekindergarten Collaboration Requirement Word Document (40KB)

The purpose of this document is to remind school districts receiving state funding for Pre-K of the collaboration requirement and to discuss the implications for districts.

Questions regarding this document or any other aspect of the Pre-K programs may be directed to the Office of Early Learning by email at oel@nysed.gov or by telephone at (518) 474-5807.

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

*Update: January 8, 2018* Pre-K Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLLs)

On April 3, 2017, the Board of Regents approved the use of the Pre-K EMLL Language Profile (available in 24 languages) and Process (.pdf) to guide and support state-funded Pre-K programs in implementing best practices relative to identifying and supporting home languages for Pre-K EMLLs.  The intention is to mitigate multilingual children losing their home language skills during their acquisition of English in Pre-K. Questions regarding the Pre-K EMLL Language Profile and Process may be directed to Michele Kinzel-Peles in the Office of Early Learning at (518) 474-5807 or by email at oel@nysed.gov.

For more information, visit the Emergent Multilingual Learners in Prekindergarten Programs web page. ___________________________________________________

Conducting a Program Quality Self-Assessment and Developing a Quality Improvement Action Plan

*Updated 01/24/18: 2017-18 Self-Assessment and Action Plan Guidelines (.pdf)

*Revised 03/28/18: Self-Assessment and Action Plan Form (.pdf)

*Please note that the PDF format must be submitted as the original fillable form.  This allows OEL reviewers to provide comments and questions in the SED Comments box and return it to for clarification or revision.  Therefore, any submitted scanned PDF files will be returned.

Section 3602-e of Education Law has been amended to require that all school districts receiving any State and/or federal prekindergarten grant must adopt approved quality indicators within two years, including, but not limited to, valid and reliable measures of environmental quality, the quality of teacher-student interactions and student outcomes. In addition, grantees must ensure that assessments of child outcomes will not be used to make high-stakes educational decisions for individual children. Specifically, such results may not be used to preclude or discourage the enrollment of a child in kindergarten. These requirements apply to districts receiving one or more of the following Pre-K grants: Universal Pre-K (UPK); Targeted Pre-K (TPK); Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-K (SUFDPK); Expanded Pre-K (EPK); Prekindergarten for Three-Year Olds (3PK); Additional Grants for Expanded Pre-K (EPK2); and federal Preschool Development Expansion Grant (PDG).

Please see the above Guidelines file for more details.

*Please e-mail your completed self-assessment and action plan to OEL@nysed.gov.

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: September 5, 2018