Great Beginnings – a Universal Pre-K

Great Beginnings is a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) in the City of White Plains, which serves 4—5 year old children in warm, nurturing, supportive classes staffed by experienced dedicated New York State certified early childhood education teachers and aides.

UPK works in partnership with parents and recognizes them as the primary teachers of their children.  Parents are encouraged to become part of their child’s educational experience by participating in classrooms, group meetings, trips and teacher conferences.

UPK is sensitive to each family’s lifestyle, values, and cultural preferences.

Each child is viewed as unique and guided to reach his/her potential.  Class size and a high adult/child ratio support individuality.  Children are encouraged to problem-solve, experiment with developmentally appropriate materials, and establish social relations through self-directed activities and special projects.

Goals:  Great Beginnings’  Universal Pre-Kindergarten

  • To provide a developmentally appropriate, child-centered, comprehensive, individualized, and family-focused early childhood education program.
  • To prepare children for kindergarten, excited about learning and ready to succeed.
  • To adhere to the New York State Department of Education’s Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards.
  • To have children enjoy learning through play, both individually and in small groups with peers.
  • To enhance the talents, abilities, and   strengths of all our children.
  • To efficiently integrate with the White Plains City School District.

Great Beginnings (UPK) is

  • Approved by New York State Department of Education in collaboration with the White Plains City School District.
  • Licensed by New York State Office of Children & Family Services
  • New York State Certified Early Childhood  Education Teachers

Classes are held at the Rochambeau Center
228 Fisher Avenue
White Plains, New York 10606
Phone: 914 -997-0147
Fax:  914 -997-0594

Half-day (2.5 hours)
Morning sessions: 8:30 AM — 11:00 AM
Full Day (6 hours): 8:30 AM — 2:30 PM

Structured classes in a supportive atmosphere where the student to teacher  ratio is 6:1.
Breakfast provided by Federal funds through Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

UPK follows White Plains City School District annual calendar.

Enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year is now open.  Applicants must show proof of being a resident of the White Plains school district (utility bill, phone bill) and a birth certificate (child must turn four by December 1, 2015 to be eligible).


Vernex Harding, MS Ed., SAS, SDA
Executive Director for Early Childhood Educational Programs
(914) 305-5294

White Plains School District
(914) 422-2038