Universal Prekindergarten

Similar to Head Start, Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) is an early childhood education program that offers activities that promote healthy development and kindergarten readiness skills. Children enrolled in the program can expect to gain the skills needed for a successful transition to kindergarten. Also in line with Head Start, UPK views parents as their young child’s most important teachers. Teachers work closely with parents on their child’s learning plans and encourage parents’ involvement with the program.

UPK Services

  • Center-based Universal Prekindergarten programming in a classroom setting offered in partnership with local school districts, including: Addison, Avoca, Bath, Campbell-Savona, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning-Painted Post, Jasper-Troupsburg, Penn Yan, and Wayland-Cohocton.
    • The programs operate five days per week during the school year throughout Steuben and Yates counties
  • Partnership with teachers to set goals that build on the child’s strengths and support his or her growth

Program Contact

Theresa Wells, Director

607-776-2125 x 7100

Target Population:

  • Child must turn four years old on or before December 1st of the enrollment year.


  • Child must turn three or four years old on or before December 1st of the enrollment year. Family must reside in the school district where the child is enrolling into UPK. Families from all income levels are eligible to apply.

For More Information contact:

Chris Lewis
607-776-2125 ext. 7102
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