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Wanted: Little learners for Batavia’s UPK Program

By Kathie Scott

There are a few openings left, so the Batavia City School District has extended the deadline to submit an application for participation in the Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) program for the 2013-2014 school year.

UPK provides an opportunity for 4-year-olds to be involved in half-day, developmentally appropriate educational classes at no cost to their families. The District offers morning and afternoon programs at Jackson Primary School and partners with the Batavia YMCA to provide pre-kindergarten for children at that location.

Children who are residents of the District, are 4 years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2013, and who are not enrolled in a special education program with the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership are eligible to apply.

Letters/applications were mailed to all known eligible families, but also are available for pick-up at the District’s Business Office in the administration wing of Batavia High School; by calling Kelly Snyder at 343-2480, ext. 2008, and requesting that one be mailed; or on the District’s Web site by going to, using the pull-down menu under “District” and clicking on the link for Curriculum and Instruction, then the link for Universal Pre-k Information.

Applications for the remaining openings will continue to be processed through early October and students placed in the order that they are received. Please return the completed application to the BCSD Business Office, 260 State St., Batavia, NY, 14020.

If you have any questions, please call  343-2480, ext. 2008. for assistance.

Jason Crater

I've had two kids go through this program at the YMCA and I couldn't possibly recommend it enough. It's a fantastic program that really prepared my kids for a full day at Kindergarten.

They learn, they play, and they even swim twice a week!!!

The staff is excellent and genuinely care about the kids as well.

Give your kids a head start and send them to UPK!

Sep 10, 2013, 7:56am Permalink
Jay Lazarony

I had one grandson go through it last year, and another attending the class this year, fantastic program! Great job Batavia school district hopefully others will take advantage of the openings and get their child enrolled.

Sep 10, 2013, 12:48pm Permalink

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