The Byron-Bergen School District offers a half-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program. The classes are held at the Byron-Bergen Elementary School, located at 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen, New York 14416.
For 2018-19: The deadline for registration is Friday, April 6. 2018. Students eligible for the program must turn 4 years of age by Dec. 1, 2018. If you have an eligible child and are interested in having him/her attend our UPK program, please send a letter of interest with your child’s name, parents’ names, address, phone number, and birth date to: Elementary School Principal Brian Meister, 6971 West Bergen Rd., Bergen, New York 14416.
Parents who have already contacted the Elementary School by phone still need to send a letter to be eligible for UPK. Please note that if we receive more applications than our allowed capacity, we will select students using a lottery system.
What are the Program Goals of UPK at Byron-Bergen?
- To meet the NYS learning standards by using a curriculum that is thematically-based and supported using literature, songs, and exploration.
- To foster an environment that promotes happy, confident children who are willing to take risks, make independent choices, and ask questions.
- To create an inclusive community that builds upon a student’s strengths and accommodates his/her needs.
Philosophy of UPK
The UPK program at Byron-Bergen is focused on socialization, and learning through play and self-exploration. Children learn in a hands-on learning environment, which includes activities, learning centers, concrete materials, and manipulatives. The learning environment is also nurturing, enriching, challenging, and developmentally appropriate.