Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

Kids Express Learning Center/Achievements has been awarded a grant by the New York State Education Department to offer Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten (UPK) at the Maplewood School in Watervliet and Boys and Girls Club in Troy!  

Kids Express is a private, Community Based Organization (CBO), and is recommended for children who were not chosen for their school districts UPK through their lottery system. This is also a great opportunity for children who reside in school districts that do not offer UPK!

We can take applications from the following Districts only: Albany City, Cohoes City, Green Island, Lansingburgh, Menands, North Colonie, Rensselaer City, South Colonie, Troy City, and Watervliet.

Kids Express is the only private preschool in the Capital Region that was awarded a grant to run UPK programs as a standalone CBO. UPK programs are funded through New York State, there is no cost to families! 

Any child turning 4 years old by December 1st of this year is eligible for our 5 hour UPK program.  Should a family need it, we also offer Vacation Care, and Before Care & After Care available between the hours of 7am-5:30pm.

Our Application Deadline for the 2017-2018 School Year is THURSDAY, MARCH 23rd, 2017. 
If we do not receive your child's application by this date, your child's application will immediately be placed on to our waiting list.

As outlined in the New York State Regulations, the selection process for Universal Pre-K is consisted of a randomly selected lottery. 
The Lottery Selection for the 2017-2018 School Year is held on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29th, 2017.

Families who applied for our UPK program for the 2017-2018 School Year will notified by telephone if they are selected for the UPK program, or if they will be placed on to our waiting list.