Universal Prekindergarten at Gates Chili CSD

  • The Gates Chili School District is looking forward to its ninth year of participation in New York’s Statewide Universal Full Day Prekindergarten Program (UPK). Prekindergarten programs are available at no cost to families who reside within the Gates Chili School District. Children who will be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2022 are eligible to participate. Children who are age-eligible to attend kindergarten in the 2022-23 school year are not eligible to participate in this program.

    To be considered, complete the online application available on this webpage by 3 p.m. on April 3, 2022. The application will be available on Feb. 7, 2022.

    All families who apply will be sent a letter indicating whether their student has received a placement or is on the waiting list. Letters will be mailed the week of April 4. Additional registration instructions will be provided for families who are offered spots. 

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Imagination Childcare Academy
  • Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Preschool Program

Program Locations

  • Imagination Childcare Academy

    During the 2022-23 school year, seven classrooms will be located at Imagination Childcare Academy, 230 Coldwater Road. Consolidating classrooms at one location helps to ensure that the program can be fully supported through grant funding, while also addressing space constraints in our elementary buildings. The New York State certified teachers at Imagination take pride in providing a high-quality learning experience for our prekindergarten students.

    The school day begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 2:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, in accordance with the Gates Chili School District calendar.  


    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

    Gates Chili will continue to partner with Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES to offer Half-Day Integrated Prekindergarten at Neil Armstrong Elementary School. During the 2022-23 school year, there will be 12 openings in this program (6 morning spots and 6 afternoon spots).

    The morning session will run from 8:30-11 a.m. and our afternoon session will run from 12-2:30 p.m.



  • Parents/guardians must provide transportation to and from school each day. This program is dependent on NYS grant funding and will not be offered if New York State’s 2022-23 Budget does not include it.