Universal Pre-Kindergarten

UPK Moving Up Day is June 15 live on YouTube!

Families and friends are invited to celebrate UPK Moving Up Day live on YouTube! Please join us on Monday June 15, 2020 for this special day to commemorate the school year. Click on the teachers’ names to view the classroom ceremony at the times listed below:

9:00 a.m.: Ms. Barber (Rm 106)  
9:30 a.m.: Mrs. Siciliano (Room 108)  
10:00 a.m.: Mrs. Langworthy (Room 109)  
10:30 a.m.: Ms. Romand (Room 107)  

Update on registration for district prekindergarten programs for 2020-21 school year 

The Watervliet City School District offers a pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children and an early prekindergarten program for 3-year-old children. The registration deadline for the 2020-2021 school year has been extended to June 18, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 school closure, in-person registration is not available. Please download registration materials from the website and mail completed paperwork to Watervliet Elementary School or call to request a registration packet. Packets may also be picked up and dropped off Monday-Friday from 8-10 a.m. at the elementary school.   

UPK launches Facebook page for parents/families during school closure

Watervliet UPK parents are invited to friend request the new Watervliet UPK Facebook for weekly learning activities that you and your child can do while school is not in session.  The page is open to any parent whose child is a current UPK student.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher directly by email.

April 6, 2020: Letter to Families

Parents and caregivers play an important role in supporting the health and well-being of children and adolescents at school and at home. We understand that this is a difficult time, but it is important to support each other in maintaining healthy eating habits and staying active so that we have the fuel we need to keep our bodies healthy while we continue learning and working from home. In collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County’s SNAP-Ed, we are sharing activities and resources that encourage improved nutritional choices and increased physical activity in children in grades 1-5. We encourage children, parents, and primary caregivers to:

  • Increase the consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products
  • Reduce the consumption of foods with large amounts of added sugars, salt, and saturated fat, that makes us feel sluggish and lower our body’s ability to stay healthy.
  • Increase movement and physical activity, including active play.

Please feel free to utilize the resources in the weekly newsletter provided by the Capital Region SNAP-Ed to support a healthy lifestyle.


Kirsten DeMento
Director of Education Programs, Accountability & UPK

About the UPK program


Watervliet currently offers  one full day and three half-day UPK classes, which are located at Watervliet Elementary School. The UPK staff consists of New York State-certified early childhood educators and certified teacher assistants. All four rooms are supervised by the district’s universal pre-kindergarten director.

The UPK program follows the regular school district calendar.


The UPK program offers free access to a high-quality early education program for all eligible children. Funding for the UPK program is provided by New York State, enabling children to participate in this excellent educational program. The curriculum is aligned with New York State standards and our local kindergarten curriculum. Before and after-care is available on a fee basis through local community agencies.


Per regulation, for a child to be eligible to attend the UPK program his or her family must live in the Watervliet City School District. Children must be 4 years old by December 1 of the year they are enrolled in the program, but may not yet be 5 years old by this date.


All four UPK classes follow the Watervliet City School District calendar, including any unplanned school closings or delays.


Enrollment for the program begins in the spring of the preceding year. A notice announcing registration dates will be sent home from the elementary school and posted on the district website and WVLT (the local access channel) in early March.  Download registration forms for UPK

Selection Process

If more than applications are received than available slots, a lottery will be implemented and applicants will be randomly selected by lottery. The process will continue until all slots are filled or until the list of applicants is exhausted. A waiting list will be maintained with any students not making the initial list. All parties will be notified of their acceptance by June.

If you have any further questions please contact the universal pre-kindergarten office at (518) 629-3263.

3-year-old Pre-K program

The Watervliet City School District began offering a full-day prekindergarten program for 3-year-old children in January 2019. The program is open to district residents.

The free educational Pre-K program runs from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and follows the school district calendar. Breakfast and lunch are provided to students. The program is located at Kids Express/Achievements in the former Maplewood School.

You must make an appointment to register for the 3-year-old Pre-K program. Please call Danielle Mele at 518-629-3263 to schedule your registration time. Registration is held at the Watervliet Elementary School.

Please bring the following items to your registration appointment (your application cannot be processed without ALL of the following):

  • Completed application (can be completed at appointment)
  • Proof of residency – Acceptable proof of residence: Mortgage or property tax statement, Residential Unit Client Certificate (RUCC), copy of lease, or notarized statement from landlord
  • Child’s birth certificate (Child/ren must be age 3 by December 1, 2020 to attend the Pre-K 3 year old program)
  • Child’s immunization record
  • Proof of income: W-2 prior year, 4 weeks of employment pay stubs, unemployment receipts, child support payments and/or SSI documentation
  • Custody paperwork – If applicable, please attach a complete certified copy of the court decision bearing its case number, official stamp and signature. It is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to inform Kids Express/Watervliet PK of any subsequent modifications during the child’s enrollment.

Placements are limited and will be assigned through a lottery system if oversubscribed. Applications not initially selected will be placed on a waiting list and called when a space becomes available.

If your application is selected you will receive an acceptance letter/call.

Reminder: The program is located at Kids Express in the former Maplewood School. The hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and will follow the Watervliet City School District calendar. Snow days will follow the North Colonie School District school closings.

Before-and-after care is available for a fee and is provided by Kids Express.
Transportation is NOT provided.

Before your child can begin attending school in September, she/he will need:

  • A complete annual physical exam and recorded lead levels.
  • An Emergency Treatment Form
  • Day Care Registration Card (Blue card with photo)
  • Permission for exchange of information
  • Permission to apply sunscreen
  • Heath Care Plan (if needed)
  • Release from school
  • Medication consent (if necessary)

Children cannot start attending the program until ALL paperwork is completed. Forms will be provided with acceptance letter.

Download a printable copy Pre-K 3-year old application form

For more information or if you have questions, call 518-629-3263.