Universal Prekindergarten


    The Gates Chili Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) program is designed to offer four-year olds daily instruction that increases awareness and competence in five domains derived from New York State Learning Standards:

    • Physical Development and Health

    • Approaches to Learning

    • Social and Emotional Development

    • Communication, Language and Literacy

    • Cognition and Knowledge of the World (includes Math, Science, Social Studies)

    We accomplish this in a caring, active, play-based learning environment that is rich with adult-child interactions.  Our daily instruction provides natural opportunities for children to learn readiness skills, exercise their curiosity and imaginations, and strengthen their ability to work well with others.

    • UPK is taught by NYS Certified Teachers.

    • UPK is five days per week, Monday through Friday, from 9:30AM to 2:30 PM.

    • Our program is provided at no cost to families.  UPK is a New York State grant-funded program.  

    • Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from the UPK program.

    • Classrooms are located at some elementary schools and at Imagination Childcare Academy, 230 Coldwater Road. Contact Imagination Childcare directly for information regarding wrap around care at their site.

    • To be eligible for the 2021-22 program, which begins in September 2021, children must turn 4 on or before December 1, 2021 and reside in the Gates Chili Central School District.


    Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year will be available on the district website on February 12th, 2021.

    Questions?  Contact Erin Ugine at erin_ugine@gateschili.org or 247-5050 ext. 12209