Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

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    Click Here to access Information presented at UPK Information Night


    The UPK program for the 22-23 school year is currently full.  Any families that submit a completed registration packet will be placed on a waiting list in the order of which their packets are received.

    Important Timeline/Dates to Remember:

    • If interested, please request a registration packet from our Central Registrar: 716-937-9116 x4172.
    • UPK students do not have a supply list-most materials/supplies they will need are provided through the program.  Students  will want to have a backpack and potentially a lunchbox, should they want to pack lunch for school (lunch is provided through the program daily).  
    • August 23, 2022: UPK Family Information Night:  Families will be invited to attend information night at the site where their student will be attending UPK to learn more about the program.  **This is an adult-only event**
      • WOW at Alden Primary School: 6:30-7:30pm
      • Imagination Station: Last names A-K will attend 6-6:45pm.  Last names L-Z will attend 6:45-7:30pm
    • September 1, 2022: First day of UPK!  UPK follows the district calendar. 


     Times for the 2022-2023 School Year:

    UPK at World of Wonders Preschool (in Alden Primary School):           8:15am-2:15pm.   

           UPK at Imagination Station will be 8:40am-2:40pm

    If anyone is in need of before/after school care for the UPK program, we have wrap-around care available at both locations!  

    WOW (at Alden Primary School): Call Shirley at 716-545-8530

    Imagination Station: Call Kelly at 716-902-5265

    Alden CSD is excited to continue offering our tuition-free UPK program for the 2022-2023 school year to residents of the Alden CSD.  Some important things to know:


       In order to be eligible for the 2022-2023 UPK Program:

    • The child's family must reside in the Alden Central School District
    • The child must turn 4-years of age on or before December 1, 2022.  
      • Need help determining your child's age? Click here
      • Be sure to use 12/1/2022 in calculation.
    •  Proof of residence and copy of birth certificate must be submitted to the central registrar for the child to be  considered for the program.

      About the UPK Program:

    • Alden CSD collaborates with community preschool providers World of Wonders and Imagination Station for our UPK experience.  
    • UPK classrooms are housed at Alden Primary School and Imagination Station.
    • UPK runs Monday- Friday each week and follows the school district calendar.  
    • Approximate time of the program are full day: 9am-3pm 
    • Parent transportation is required for UPK.
    • The total number of students selected in any given year is predicated upon the availability of the New York State funding.  If there are more applicants than available spaces, all names will be entered into a random lottery process. The lottery is typically held in late April/early May. The district cannot guarantee that a child will be selected to participate in the UPK program. Those not selected will be placed on a waiting list. 


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     UPK Application 2022-2023

    The deadline for applications has passed.  Registration packets can still be submitted, but students will be placed on a waiting list. 

    • Registration packets can be accessed in a variety of ways:
      • click the link above
      • E-mail our school registrar, Patti Piegdon at: ppiegdon@aldenschools.org 
      • call (716) 937-9116 x 4172
    • Send completed registration packets and all required paperwork to:
      • Patti Piegdon at: ppiegdon@aldenschools.org
      • Mail to:  Alden Central School District, Attn: Central Registrar, 13190 Park St, Alden, NY 14004

    Copies of the following documents are to be submitted with your application/registration:
    * Birth Certificate
    * Immunization Records
    * NYS Health Examination Form (must be within 1 year of enrollment date)
    * Custodial Documentation (if applicable) - Foster parents please include a copy of your LDSS-2999 Form
    * Two (2) proofs of residency are required. (Examples of acceptable proofs of residency are listed on the application cover sheet.) 

    Check back for updates!

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    If you need additional information, please contact:

    Jill Sengbusch, UPK Coordinator 


    (716)937-9116 x4020