UPK Lottery 6/9/21 Results Page

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    The Sayville School District is anticipating being able to offer a full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program which will provide educationally based, high-quality Pre-K to 4-year-old children.

    All UPK classes will be taught by New York State certified teachers and will follow the Sayville school calendar. There will be 46 slots available to participate in the District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program. Students will be selected by lottery. Based on anticipated state funding, the district is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 UPK program.




    Children are chosen for the program through a random lottery. Registration will open on May 17th for the UPK lottery for the 2021-22 school year. Families who are interested in the program need to call the registrar from May 17th- June 4th to register their children. The lottery will be held on June 9th at 12:00 pm and will be live-streamed for families to view.



      • Your child is required to be a resident of Sayville Schools.

      • Your child must be four years old on or before December 1, 2021.

      • Children who are enrolled must meet NYS health and immunization requirements.

      • A commitment is required to the full program, which is 5 hours per day, 5 days per week for the duration of the program.

      • A completed registration must be on file for your child to be eligible for the UPK program.

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



    What is the Universal Pre-K Program?

    The New York State Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK) is a state-funded program that provides educationally-based, high-quality pre-kindergarten to 4-year-old children. The program is free to all eligible children. UPK provides developmentally appropriate activities to help 4-year-olds prepare for Kindergarten. In alignment with New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards, the program curricula promote balanced support between the development of early childhood social, emotional, motor and cognitive skills. All UPK classes are taught by New York State certified teachers.

    What activities are involved in the UPK Program?

    • Reading readiness and early literacy development

    • Exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction

    • Math skills

    • Science lessons and discovery

    • Social skills

    • Self-help skills

    • Large motor activities

    • Fine motor activities

    Who is eligible for UPK?

    UPK is open to children residing in the school district who are 4 years old on or before December 1st of the current school year. Admittance is through a lottery drawing. A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is NOT eligible for the UPK program. If you have elected to keep your child home for an extra year rather than enroll in school when eligible, he/she cannot attend UPK if five years old.

    If I register first, will I be guaranteed a spot for my child?

    No. The district does not have a first-come, first-served registration list. Student placement will be determined through the use of a lottery system in June. Please keep in mind that while the district would like to accommodate all requests, it is possible that not all children who register will get into the program. This is based upon the overall numbers compared to actual slots that are available. The total number of students selected in any given year is predicated upon the availability of the New York State funding. Those not selected will be placed on a waiting list. 

    When will I be notified if my child was selected in the UPK lottery? 

    The lottery will be live-streamed on June 9th at 12:00 pm. The district will mail acceptance letters to all families who are selected for the program.

    Will transportation be provided?

    No, parents will be responsible for transporting their child to and from the program.

    Where will the UPK be located?

    The location has yet to be determined.



    Follow this link for more information from NYSED: Resources for Families-New York State Education Department