Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

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.

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.

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

Great Beginnings Universal Pre-Kindergarten 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
  • Staffed by New York State-Certified Early Childhood Education Teachers

Classes are held at the following sites:

Rochambeau Center
228 Fisher Avenue
White Plains, New York 10606
Phone: 914-997-0147
Fax:  914-997-0594

The Lanza Family Center For All Ages
106 North Broadway
White Plains, New York 10603
Phone: 914-422-8100
Fax:  914-358-5590

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

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. Applicants must show proof of being a resident of the White Plains School District (e.g., utility bill, phone bill) and a birth certificate (child must turn four by December 1, 2020 to be eligible).

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.

Applications can be found on WPCD website http://www.wpcsd.k12.ny.us/domain/21


Carol Robinson, MS Ed.
Executive Director for Early Childhood Educational Programs
Family Services of Westchester, Inc.
(914) 358-4703 or (914) 653-3433