Vestal Central School District is pleased to continue its Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2021-22 school year, contingent upon the receipt of grant funding from New York State. Applications are being accepted for eligible children who will turn four years old by December 1, 2021. Eligible children must be Vestal Central School District residents and two proofs of residency will be required; this half-day pre-kindergarten program is free to eligible children, but please be aware that transportation is not provided.
Letters with Vestal’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program application were mailed to families with eligible children as of the 2020 census in January 2021. Applications are also available on the district’s Universal Pre-K web page at www.vestal.stier.org/universalpre-k_home.aspx, or you can request an application packet be mailed to you by calling 607-757-2291 or emailing [email protected]. Please return completed forms in the application packet as soon as possible to Vestal Central School District, Attn: UPK Program, 201 Main Street, Vestal, NY 13850
The grant would allow 99 Vestal UPK students to attend a half-day program. Please be aware that the return and completion of application forms does not guarantee placement in the program. In the event that the number of applications exceeds the program openings, a lottery will be conducted. Students not selected will be placed on a waiting list, and parents will be notified as openings become available.
New York State includes funding for UPK programs to “provide four-year-old children with a universal opportunity to access high quality pre-kindergarten programs that prepare them for future success by developing strong foundational skills in literacy and numeracy.”
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the Vestal Central School District at 607-757-2291 or email Director of Instruction Keliann Mazikewich at [email protected]