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Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program



Pending approval of the NYS Budget, New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District,  working in conjunction with SCOPE Education Services, will provide a full-day (5-hour) Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) at all district buildings. The UPK program is entirely funded through a grant from NYS, therefore, there are no additional costs to local taxpayers or families for the 96 NYS-funded UPK seats.

Furthermore, pending approval of the NHP-GCP 2023-24 school budget, all waitlisted students will be provided a District-funded seat in the SCOPE program.


Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program and Application Details


Location:    New Hyde Park-Garden City Park- All Buildings - Placement in a particular school building will be considered, but is not guaranteed, and will be based upon lottery results. Lottery results will also determine the UPK and District-funded seats.
  A NYS certified teacher and assistant
  Monday-Friday - program will follow the NHP-GCP 2023-2024 school calendar.
  Full Day - 5 hours tentatively 9:00-2:00
  Applicants must be a resident of NHP-GCP, not eligible for Kindergarten until September 2024, and 4 years of age (born on or before December 1, 2019)


Transportation: (Parents must provide transportation)

There are 96 Universal Pre-Kindergarten openings. Students will be selected at a public lottery to be held on March 3, 2023, at 1:00pm.


Here is the link to the meeting code for the public lottery: UPK Lottery Link for NHP-GCP 23-24 School Year

In order to apply, please complete the Google Form found at this link: Click Here (or use the  QR Code below) on the district website.





All Applications - in order to be placed in the lottery - are due by February 24, 2023.


Any applications received after that date will be placed on the waiting list.


Questions: Please call Lisa Miranda at 516-434-2325 or email at