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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 2020-2021 school year opens on March 23, 2020. To be eligible your child must reside in the Cortland Enlarged City School District and have a birth date between December 2, 2015 and December 1, 2016.  Beginning March 9, 2020, 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). Registration forms will be accepted at the Kaufman Center beginning March 23, 2020 at 8:00a.m. 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 (Program held at Barry, Randall, Smith, YMCA) (607.299.4795)
Cortland County Child Development Center (607.758.9325)
SUNY Cortland Child Care Center (607.753.5955)
YWCA Here We Grow (607.756.6070)

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



Mr. Robert J. Edwards, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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