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Full-Day Universal Pre-K FAQs

Universal Pre-K FAQs
Where is the full-day Lakeland Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program housed in our schools?

There will be two locations for the Lakeland UPK program 2024-2025:

  • Lincoln-Titus Elementary School, 10 Lincoln Ave. Crompond, NY 10517, (914)-528-2519; and
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 3636 Gomer Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10588, (914)-245-4802
Will the current model of half-day UPK at LTES continue to be offered?
No, the current model of half-day UPK will no longer be offered beginning with the 2024-25 school year.
Is transportation provided by the district?
No. Families/guardians are responsible for transporting their child to/from school.
How many students will be accepted into the UPK program?
There are 80 seats available in the Lakeland UPK program; 40 students at Lincoln-Titus and 40 at Thomas Jefferson.  Each school will have two full-day UPK classes.
How will students be selected for the full-day Lakeland UPK program?
Students will be selected through a randomized lottery for placement in one of the school buildings that house the full-day Lakeland UPK program.
When will the lottery be drawn? 
The lottery will be drawn on March 15, 2024
Who is eligible to be considered for the full-day UPK Lottery?
Students must be current residents of the district and turn 4 on or before December 1, 2024 and be registered by March 1, 2024.
How do I register my child for the Lakeland UPK lottery?
Students must have a fully completed Lakeland Central School District registration by March 1, 2024 11:59 p.m.  Registration information is available on the LCSD Website and via paper copies if needed through your home elementary school building. Registration OPENS on February 1, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. and CLOSES March 1, 2024 11:59 p.m
When and how will parents know if they were selected in the lottery?
Families will be notified via both mail and email following the lottery. 
Which school building will a UPK student be placed in?
Students drawn from the lottery will be placed in the program aligned with their home high school (LHS or WPHS) based on address.  Should one program fill before the other, all subsequent students selected by lottery will be placed in the open seats regardless of address.
Is there a wait list?
If there are more applicants than spots available  in the Lakeland UPK program, a wait list will be maintained. All students registered after March 1, 2024 will be placed on the wait list in the order of registration.
What time does the program start and end?
The program will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 2:00 PM. 
Is there a cost for the program?
There is no cost for the UPK program.
Is before or after-care offered?
For parents who wish to access before and aftercare services, there will be a fee-based program through our partner from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

Fee Schedule 2024
Who is the district's partner for UPK?

The District will be partnering with the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester.  The UPK program will be staffed by YMCA teachers and teaching assistants, and will overseen by YMCA and Lakeland CSD administration. The YMCA has successfully partnered with several local districts to run similar programs and is excited to begin working with Lakeland and our families.

My child receives special education services through CPSE.  Can those services be provided at UPK?
Providers for students who receive services through CPSE which are recommended to be delivered in their preschool program will be permitted to deliver services at the UPK program.  Providers will work directly with the program staff to make arrangements.