Skip to main content

Universal Pre-Kindergarten

     The OCSD UPK program is offered free of charge to eligible children in the district. Half-day sessions are available at all five elementary schools.  This program is solely offered through the funding of a New York State Grant to the school district.  The program follows the school district calendar. 

     The First Step Universal Pre-Kindergarten Agency (Fulton, N.Y.) is contracted by the school district to provide this preschool program for our four year olds. This agency operates other UPK sites in the county. The mission statement of First Step is:

     First Step Universal Pre-K program strives to create a caring community of learners in which adults support children by providing opportunities for social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, and physical development. All program environments shall embrace cultural diversity. Our commitment is to foster experiences that will positively impact all lifelong learning.

     Each class has a maximum of 18 students taught by a certified teacher and a teaching assistant.  The UPK program follows the New York State standards for universal Pre-Kindergarten, as well as literacy and mathematics programs adopted by the district. Parent involvement is encouraged and welcome. More information about the program can be found via Office of Curriculum and Instruction. 

If you need to register for Pre-K please visit the Central Registration Page.


Website Accessibility Statement - The Oswego City School District is committed to providing a website that is accessible to all members of our community. Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. We are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. If you have difficulty accessing information on our website, please contact our webmaster and provide the full URL (web address) of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced, and your contact information. We will contact you and make every effort to assist you in accessing the information.
Please note that some pages contain links to third-party sites. Oswego City School District is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites. To file a Section 504/ADA complaint with the district please contact the district
504 Coordinator, any complaint may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, telephone (646) 428-3800 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY).