Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program

  • Cheektowaga-Sloan’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is a New York State funded program. It runs 5 days a week, 2 ½ hours per day, and follows the school district calendar. There is no cost to families who participate. Parents, however, are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from school.

    Our quality program utilizes research based, age-appropriate practices that are aligned with the State’s Pre-Kindergarten Foundation for the Common Core.

    Children will acquire pre-reading skills, a richer vocabulary, and strong basic math skills. As they begin to explore the world away from home, they will begin to develop a sense of independence in a safe and secure environment where they will play, listen, talk, share, discover, explore, and experiment. They will also grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually, which will better prepare them for kindergarten.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Child must be four years old on or before December 1 of the year they begin Pre-K (Birth Certificate required).
    • Child must be a resident of the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District (Proof of Residency required).

    Please see our Registration Checklist for detailed registration requirements.

    Online Registration is now available. Please click HERE for more information about the online registration process. 

    You can download registration documents HERE. In addition to the standard registration documents (found in the Registration Packet), you will also need to complete the UPK Parent Survey. This survey helps the pre-k teachers with the class placement process. Please also note, bussing is NOT provided for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. 

    Whether your child participates in our program or any other preschool experience, it is important to have their immunizations current.

    Please either email completed application and all required documentation to sloanregistration@cheektowagasloan.org, or contact the Central Registrar at 891-6427 for an appointment.
    • Be sure to include all registration forms completed in full with the registering parent/guardian's signature and copies of all required documentation to prove guardianship and residency.