Adirondack schools to offer new UPK programs

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BOONVILLE — The Adirondack Central School District will offer full-day universal pre-kindergarten to 4-year-olds at the Boonville Elementary and West Leyden Elementary schools for the 2021-22 school year.

In addition, the district announced on Wednesday, it will add a 3-year-old universal pre-K class at Boonville Elementary.

The programs are being funded through stimulus funding the district is receiving for COVID-19 relief, the announcement added.

Any students residing in the Adirondack district are eligible to enroll in the universal pre-K programs. Students for the program for 3-year-olds must be born between Dec. 1, 2017, and Nov. 30, 2018.

Students in the program for 4-year-olds must be born between Dec. 1, 2016, and Nov. 30, 2017.

Children must be transported by their parents to and from the program until they turn 4. Both classes are limited to state class size limits

Since the deadline for the 4-year-old classes has already passed, it is now available on a first-come, first-served basis, the district announcement said. Those parents who have previously registered their children for the half-day program for 4-year-olds do not need to re-register — although it is now a full-day program. The deadline for the program for 3-year-olds is July 9. If there are more applicants than the district can accommodate, the announcement said, a lottery will be held.

To register a child for the universal pre-K program for either 3-year-olds or 4-year-olds, contact Tonya Kazek in the district office at 315-942-9200, ext. 1801 or email tkazek@adirondackcsd.org.

The district announcement added that it is also the “final call” for any incoming kindergarten students to register for the district. Students in kindergarten must turn 5 between Dec. 1, 2015, and Nov. 30, 2016. To register, contact Kazek at the phone number or email address listed above.

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