Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program

  • Fall 2021 Update:
    Openings are still available for the afternoon classes at Windermere Boulevard School only. All morning classes are full. ACCCCC is full for both morning and afternoon classes. If you would like to be put on a waitlist for morning at Windermere or afternoon at ACCCCC, AFTER you have submitted your application, please email Kredding@amherstschools.org with that request. We are no longer placing students on the morning waitlist at ACCCCC.


    Registration for 2021-2022

    The ACSD Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program is a half-day program (2.5 hours) with morning and afternoon sessions at two sites: 

    • Windermere Boulevard Elementary School at 291 Windermere Boulevard
    • Amherst Community Church Child Care Center at 77 Washington Highway

    Age Requirements: open to any four-year-old residing in the district. The child must be four by Dec. 1 of the school year they are applying for. Your child is only eligible to attend Pre-K the year they turn 4 prior to Dec. 1.

    Transportation is provided to and from the Windermere site only. Parents are responsible for transportation at the ACCCC.

    ACCCCC has wrap-around childcare available for families that is self-pay. This means you can have your child attend daycare there and the 2.5 hour UPK portion of the day is free. Wrap-care spots are limited and are separate from the UPK program. Contact Andrea O’Hern, ACCCCC Director, at 834-9701 for more information about childcare.

    Parents can select a preference, however placements are not guaranteed because class sizes are limited. As a result of the program being funded by state grants, definite confirmation will occur only after the New York State budget is passed and Universal Pre-kindergarten funding is guaranteed. 


    New for the 2021-2022 School Year!
    Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program registration for the 2021-2022 school year will be done online using our Family Connection platform.

    Register for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program
    Online registrations are now being accepted and processed.

    Contact Us: For whatever reason, if you are unable to register online, please contact Amanda Muller, amuller@amherstschools.org.


    Important Dates
    Feb. 10, 2021: applications available online
    March 5, 2021: Due date for Pre-K applications with complete district registration and uploaded documents

    • If we have more applications than spots at this time, there will be a lottery. Any students that do not get in based on the lottery will be placed on our waitlist.
    • Any applications received after March 5 will be placed based on available openings, or will be added to our waitlist.

    Late March 2021: Tentative acceptance letters sent home (site and time specific only)
    August 2021: Supply lists available


    UPK 2021-2022 Family Handbook - use this as a guide to learn more and answer any questions.