Universal Pre-K in White Plains

FSW’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program in the City of White Plains, 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. (Español >)

Universal Pre-K is approved by the New York State Department of Education in collaboration with the White Plains City School District, licensed by the New York State Office of Children & Family Services and staffed by New York State-certified early childhood education teachers.

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 is 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.

Breakfast is provided by federal funds through the Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Universal Pre-K Educational Goals:

  • 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 every child
  • To efficiently integrate with the White Plains City School District

How to Apply for Universal Pre-K

Enrollment is now open. (child must turn four (4) by December 1 to be eligible).

To apply for Universal Pre-Kindergarten, a parent or caregiver must:

  • Have proof of living in the White Plains City School District (such as a utility bill or phone bill)
  • Have a birth certificate for the child who is applying
  • Meet federal income eligibility requirements

Application information can be found HERE on WPCD website. 

White Plains Central School District:

White Plains Public Schools
Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Family Information Center
500 North Street
White Plains, NY 10605

If you have any questions regarding the UPK Application Process, please contact Gail Epstein at gepstein@wpcsd.k12.ny.us or call the Family Information Center at (914) 422-2038.

Universal Pre-K locations in White Plains are:

Eastview Center
350 Main Street
White Plains, NY 10601

North Street Center
First Baptist Church of White Plains
456 North Street
White Plains, NY 10606

Rochambeau Center
Early Childhood Education
228 Fisher Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Slater Center
2 Fisher Court
White Plains, NY 10606

Bethel Center
Bethel Baptist Church
1 Fisher Court, Second Floor
White Plains, NY  10601


Contact Information:

Early Childhood Administrative Offices
Family Services of Westchester
106 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
(914) 358-5776

Carol Robinson, MS ED, Director of Early Childhood Programs
(914) 358-4703


Matricula abierta para Head Start y Universal Pre-K

Aun tenemos espacios vacantes en Universal Pre-K

  • Los aspirantes a ambos programas deben mostrar certificado de nacimiento y prueba de residencia two little boys lying on the rug readingen el distrito escolar de White Plains (por ejemplo, factura de agua, luz o teléfono)
  • Los aspirantes  a Universal Pre-K deben haber cumplido 4 años para el 31 de diciembre.
  • Para mayor información y/o aplicar a los programas, favor contactar a Carol Kelly, Teléf.: (914) 997-0147, ext. 11, email: ckelly@fsw.org.  También puede hacerlo llenando el formulario a continuación.