OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District is gearing up to welcome next yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s class of Pre-Kindergarten students.
Applications for the Oswego City School District Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program are still available as 20 slots remain available.
The program is designed for children who were born between Dec. 2, 2004 and Dec. 1, 2005 and is offered at no cost to children who are selected by lottery, according to Cathleen Chamberlain, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
The UPK teachers and staff strive to create a warm and nurturing environment for all the four-year-olds.
The goals of the program are to meet the individual needs of four-year-old children in the areas of social, academic, language, emotional and physical development.
This prepares them to successfully enter kindergarten the following year. The UPK teachers and district work closely together to deliver the best first educational experiences for your children.
Sessions are available at the five elementary schools: Charles E. Riley, Fitzhugh Park, Frederick Leighton, Kingsford Park and Minetto.
The program runs in conjunction with the regular school district calendar.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There will be a maximum of 18 students in each class and the classes will be taught by a certified teacher and teaching assistant,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Chamberlain.
Morning and afternoon sessions are available.
The program runs from 9-11:30 a.m. for the morning session and 12:30-3 p.m. for the afternoon session.
A meal program will be instituted this fall. However, transportation is not provided.
Anyone who would like their child considered for the program can complete an application that is available at all elementary schools, or the Office of Curriculum and Instruction on the first floor of the Education Center or call 341-2013 for an application form or for more information.