2024-25 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Applications for Lottery Selection are now being accepted!

    See below for more information on this free pre-kindergarten program.
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Universal Pre-K Program 2024-2025

  • Universal Pre-K (UPK) is a free pre-kindergarten program available at local preschools with qualified teachers. Program space is limited and students are selected via a lottery system. 

    The program is designed to help children begin their education at an early age and to get a solid start on the road to active learning. UPK programing offers a developmentally appropriate program that aligns with New York State Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards. All participating locations meet NYS Education Department curriculum standards. For more information, please visit the NYSED Resources for Families webpage found by clicking here.   

    •      Participating children must turn 4 years old on or before December 1, 2024 
           (born between December 2, 2019 and December 1, 2020)
    •      Program dates will follow CCSD's school year calendar (pending NYS budget approval)
    •      Tuition-free, full day (5 hours), curriculum-based program
    •      Program is provided at local UPK sites                                                        
    •      Transportation will not be provided

How to Apply

  • Please complete the application if you would like your child to be entered in the randomized selection process.

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    Hard copy applications can be submitted via the following methods:

    • Email to ccsdupk@ccsd.edu
    • Mail to: UPK Program Registration, CCSD, 62 Old Middletown Road, New City, New York 10956 (please allow enough time for application to be received by submission deadline)
    • By Drop Off (Weekday School Days)
      Drop box located at:

    Clarkstown Central School District Administration Building,
    62 Old Middletown Road, New City, NY 10956
    Hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


    The CCSD anticipates funding for a minimum of 300 full day (5 hours per day), tuition-free UPK placements at participating providers throughout the district and Rockland County. We are actively working on ways to increase seat allotments toward our goal of accommodating all eligible residents of the district. Please check back for additions to our list of participating providers.  Spaces are limited and will be chosen via a lottery process.

    All applications must be received by the submission deadline, February 12th, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. Submissions received after the deadline will automatically be placed on a waitlist.


     If you need to speak with someone about your submission, please contact UPK registration at 845-639-5607 or send an email to: ccsdupk@ccsd.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What are the qualifications needed for applying for entrance into the program?

  • How do I know if my application has been received and completed?

  • Can I enroll my child in UPK for the 2024-25 school year?

  • When does UPK begin?

  • When will the selection lottery take place?

  • I received a notification that my child has been selected for a UPK placement. What next?

  • If I do not receive a placement will my application be kept on a waiting list?

  • Is there a fee/tuition cost for CCSD residents?

  • What preschools will be offering UPK?

  • Can I choose the preschool my child will attend?

  • What if I need my child to stay at the provider for more than 5 hours per day?

  • Will spaces be available for half day as well as full day placements?

  • What can I do at home with my child to help prepare him/her for UPK in the fall?

Statement for Method of Selection of Children

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    As program spaces are limited, a lottery will be used to determine student placement in the program. 

    Applications must be received by February 12, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. to secure a space in the lottery.  Applications received after that time will automatically be placed in a waiting pool. Parents/Guardians will be notified of their child’s placement status with complete information on how to register as you will be required to complete the full registration process with the Clarkstown Central School District. Registration will take place in-person during the month of March. 

    For further information or assistance with this application, please call the Clarkstown Central School District UPK Information Line at (845) 639-5607 or email ccsdupk@ccsd.edu