Universal Pre-Kindergarten

  • The North Tonawanda City School District offers a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program that provides an educationally-based, high-quality program to eligible four-year-old children. To qualify for the UPK program, your child must be four years of age on or before Dec. 1 and be a resident of North Tonawanda.

    Please visit our UPK Registration Page for more information. Registration is required to participate in the UPK program.

    Carousel Academy is the provider of this program, which operates from Ohio School, 625 Ohio St.
    Please direct all questions about the program to Amanda Karnath, Program Director, Carousel Academy, (716) 622-7857 or (716) 807-3812.

    The program:

    • is free of charge
    • is 5 days per week (no exceptions)
    • follows the North Tonawanda City School District calendar
    • offers a full-day program from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • offers a half-day program, morning session from 9:05 - 11:35 a.m. or afternoon session from 12:30 - 3 p.m.

    Students in the program develop:

    • language and communication skills
    • creative and critical thinking skills
    • gross and fine motor skills
    • kindergarten readiness skills
    • early reading skills through instruction in the Magic Penny Reading Program, a phonics-based program.

    UPK 2022-2023:

    A lottery system is used to determine your child's placement into one of the three UPK programs offered - full-day, morning, or afternoon.
    The public can access a recording of the 2022 UPK Lottery, which was live-streamed on April 5th at 6 p.m. Watch Live
    The lottery took place at the North Tonawanda Board of Education Building, 176 Walck Road.