Universal Pre-Kindergarten


    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 2020-21 program, which begins in September 2020, children must turn 4 on or before December 1, 2020 and reside in the Gates Chili Central School District.


    Applications for the 2020-2021 School Year are now available.  Click below to print your application and return to District Office no later than March 31st, 2020.  


    Questions?  Call Erin Ugine at 247-5050 ext. 12209


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