Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
The Fulton City School District is still accepting registrations for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.
The program aims to provide children with the foundation for future school success by developing skills in literacy and numeracy.
Carri Waloven, the district’s director of literacy and UPK, said space is limited and spots are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. She encouraged parents to register their child for the program as soon as possible.
UPK is coordinated in partnership with Oswego County Opportunities, First Step Universal Pre-K, Pinnacle and the Fulton YMCA.
It is offered at each elementary school in either a morning or afternoon session for two-and-one-half hours.
The program is free for district residents who turn 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2014.
Registration packets are available at the main office of each elementary school, at the Registrar’s Office at the Education Center or online at fulton.cnyric.org.
To help jumpstart the registration process and provide parents with the tools to help transition their child from UPK into kindergarten, the district recently held an information night in the Education Center.
While parents learned how to juggle their schedules to make their child’s transition into kindergarten seamless, students learned about the art of juggling during a performance by the Twin Magicians.
Parents of current UPK students had a chance to meet with an informational team comprised of representatives from the transportation department, the nurse’s office, teachers and other support staff.
Waloven said the event was an important tool in guiding parents and students through the transition process into kindergarten.
“It really eases their fears and helps them get a better picture of what the adjustment from UPK to kindergarten will look like,” she said.