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Early Childhood Education (preKindergarten)

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) offers a high quality, early education program that includes learning, fun activities, and nutritious meals in safe neighborhood centers. This free, half-day program promotes early education and independence through creative play experiences with other children and is staffed by caring professionals. In Cortland, there are several different providers of UPK that collaborate within a grant that is facilitated by the Cortland Enlarged City School District. 

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year opens on March 27, 2017. To be eligible your child must reside in the Cortland City School District and have a birth date between December 2, 2012 and December 1, 2013.  Beginning March 15, 2017, applications will be available at all Cortland Schools, the Kaufman Center, pediatricians’ offices, local preschools and daycare centers. The form is also available online (click here).  In-person registration will be conducted at the Kaufman Center beginning March 27th at 8:00a. Early arrival is encouraged, as slots will be awarded on a first-come basis.  For more information, call 758-4106.  

Participating Centers include:

CAPCO Head Start Program at Parker School (607.299.4795)
CAPCO Head Start Program at Randall School (607.299.4795)    
CAPCO Head Start Program at Smith School (607.299.4795)
CAPCO Head Start Program at Barry School (607.299.4795)
CAPCO Head Start Program at YMCA (607.299.4795)
Cortland County Child Development Center (607.758.9325)
YWCA Nursery and Day School (607.753.9651)
YWCA Learning Adventure/Here We Grow (607.753.6762)
SUNY Cortland Child Care Center (607.753.5955)

Prior contact with Centers in which you are interested is encouraged.  



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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