What is Universal Pre K? Universal Pre K is a program is funded by New York State, administered by the NYC Department of Education and is available to all four-year olds, residing in New York City at no cost. Many organizations, like RNH, offer this program in a variety of options.
Here is how we offer UPK to our families.
UPK is a free, 6 hour and 20 minute, five day a week, pre kindergarten program. RNH has four UPK classes, all beginning at 8:00am and ending at 2:20p.m. One class is held in our upstairs classroom in the main building and the other three classes are held in the Dodge Center, right next door. The NYC Department of Education determines when our enrollment period can begin.
Parents who may need longer hours (2:20-6pm) can enroll their child in the Extended Day Program for a fee.
What do the children do in Full-Day UPK?
Our daily schedule incorporates literacy (reading and writing), math and science as well as music, art and physical activity. The day is well-balanced, allowing children to participate in quiet activities as well as more active ones. Each classroom is equipped with all of the early childhood essentials: blocks, sand and water, art and writing supplies, manipulatives and of course, books. We have great outdoor play spaces, which each class will use twice daily.
Breakfast is served; children bring their own lunches.
What does the UPK school year look like?
Our UPK school year must include 176 instructional days, which is the same number of days required in elementary school. We are required to close our programs for 4 days out of the year for Teacher Professional Development. We try to keep to the DOE public school calendar as closely as possible; however our calendar will not be exactly the same as the public schools.
For more information, please give us a call:
Kathy Powers, Early Childhood Coordinator
5521 Mosholu Avenue
Bronx, New York, 10471
(718) -549-8100 ext. 133 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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