Full-Day Universal Prekindergarten

  • The Cheektowaga Central School District is proud to offer its Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program which will provide your child with a literacy-rich curriculum aligned with the New York State Standards and offer high quality learning experiences that set the foundation for educational success. The UPK program will follow the same curriculum implementing the Pre-K Common Core Standards taught by NYS certified teachers and follows the Cheektowaga Central school calendar. Students are selected by lottery to participate in the District's Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program. Based on anticipated state funding, the district is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 UPK program. 

Requirements, Timeline, Apply

  • Requirements

    • Your child is required to be a Cheektowaga Central resident.
    • For the three-year old UPK program, your child must be three years old on or before December 1, 2021.
    • For the four-year old UPK program, your child must be four years old on or before December 1, 2021.
    • Children who are enrolled must meet NYS health and immunization requirements.
    • A commitment is required to the full program, which is 6 hours per day, 5 days per week for the duration of the program.
    • A completed registration must be on file for your child to be eligible for the UPK program.
    • Parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from the program.


    • March 1 - April 30, 2021 - The registration/application process for the 2021-22 program must be completed in order to participate in the lottery draw.
    • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 -  Lottery Draw at 10 am. Families can view the lottery via live stream.

    How to Apply

    Step 1 - Register Your Child 
    Complete the district registration online process. UPK Registration begins March 1 and must be completed by April 30 to be eligible for the UPK Lottery Draw. Families are still able to register for UPK after the Lottery Draw by completing the district registration online. Once the program is filled, registered students will be added to the UPK Program Waitlist.

    Step 2 - Registrar Email Confirmation
    Once the registration is complete, families will receive an emailed link to complete the 2021-22 UPK Lottery Application. Families will be notified either by phone or email of their Application Lottery Number. For questions regarding the lottery draw, please contact Audra Cyrulik at
    acyrulik@ccsd-k12.net or 686-3616.

    Start Step 1 to Register a Student


Contact & Locations

  • UPK Program Administrator
    Maureen George
    Director of Learning

    UPK Secretary
    Audra Cyrulik

    Four-Year-Old Program

    Union East Elementary
    3550 Union Road

    Little Angels Daycare Center
    2645 Harlem Road

    Three-Year-Old Program

    Little Angels Daycare Center
    2645 Harlem Road




  • Who is eligible for UPK?

  • Will I be guaranteed a spot for my child?

  • Do I get to pick the site I want for my child?

  • What's the Acceptance/Placement Process?

  • Is transportation provided for my child?

  • Is there a wait list?