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Registration underway for Springville prekindergarten program

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District announced that, pending approval of the New York state budget, it will extend the operation of a universal prekindergarten program for the 2013 – 2014 school year.

The district will serve students for 3 hours per day for five days per week, in accordance with the 180 days on a traditional school calendar, through collaboration with Early Bird Child Care Centers Inc.

The stated purpose of the S-GI UPK program is to provide 4-year-old children with the opportunity to access programs that prepare them for their future years in school, through the development of skills in early literacy and mathematics. Science and social studies themes are also explored. Student learning is supported, through instructional content tied to the New York state common core prekindergarten standards.

“Early Bird has provided this service to our Springville prekindergarten children for the past four years,” said Kathy Townsend, coordinator of the universal prekindergarten program and principal of Colden Elementary School. “We have worked closely to assure that programs are aligned with the school district and state guidelines. We have been collaborating with early literacy efforts, through the Magic Penny Program.”

To be eligible:

– Children turn 4 by Dec. 1. A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is not eligible for the UPK program.

– Children must be residents of the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District.

– Children must meet all medical record and immunization requirements for school attendance.

– Parents must make a commitment to regular, daily attendance. Parents are also responsible for transporting children to and from the Early Bird UPK Program.

The Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District UPK Program offers the opportunity for eligible students to participate in one of the 60 projected slots. A lottery will be held, to determine enrollment for September. If more than 60 applications are received, students not selected in the lottery process will be added to a waiting list.

Whether a child receives morning or afternoon UPK services is determined by the child’s position in the lottery draw. Families with multiple children will be drawn as one, during the lottery.

Interested parents may complete a survey application, available on the district website,, under the academics and universal prekindergarten link, as well as at

Applications are also available at the main office of each S-GI District building, at the district office, at 307 Newman St., and at Early Bird Child Care Center. For more information, call 592-3868.

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