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! 

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 2021 is eligible for our 5 hour UPK program.  Should a family need it, we also offer Before Care & After Care available between the hours of 7am-5:30pm.

Our Application Deadline for the 2021-2022 School Year will be on Friday, April 23rd.
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 2021-2022 School Year will be held on Tuesday, April 27th.

Families who applied for our UPK program for the 2021-2022 School Year will notified by telephone or email if they are selected for the UPK program, or if they will be placed on to our waiting list.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 518-328-0430, email KidsExpressInfo@gmail.com!