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Universal Pre-Kindergarten Registration


Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is a program for four-year-olds that is available for residents of the Canandaigua City School District. Participation in a Pre-Kindergarten Program is not required for a student to be eligible for kindergarten the following year, although it is great preparation for Kindergarten. Children born between December 2, 2016 and December 1, 2017, are eligible. If your child is eligible for kindergarten (four years old and turning 5 by December 1, 2021), they are not eligible to attend UPK.

UPK Application

There is no charge for the UPK program and there is no transportation available. UPK classes are half day, five days per week on school days. There are morning and afternoon sessions at the Primary School. Each session will serve 16 children. All instruction is based in the Common Core State Standards. The program is designed to prepare children for kindergarten in the Canandaigua City School District. 

As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year, our goal is to be in-person five days a week. Please follow the updates on the district website for the latest information related to the COVID-19 pandemic-

In addition to the district UPK classrooms at the Primary School, we offer a limited number of slots at five agencies in the community- Care-a-lot, FLCC, Happiness House, Our Children's Place, and the YMCA.

The District will begin accepting applications (at the link above) any time after December 1, 2020. If we receive more applications than our capacity, the slots will be filled by lottery. All applications received on or before February 26, 2021 will be part of the lottery. All applications received after the deadline will be added to the end of the wait list.

We would be happy to answer any questions related to Canandaigua’s UPK program. Please call the Primary School Office at (585)396-3939.
Canandaigua Primary School
Attn: UPK/Aimee Bennett
96 West Gibson St.
Canandaigua, NY 14424