Gates Chili Central School District

Universal Pre-K at Gates Chili


The Gates Chili Central School District welcomed 90 children to the first year of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK) in 2014. UPK is taught five days a week by NYS certified teachers. The program will expand in the 2015 – 2016 school year to accept 108 children and is funded through a grant from New York State.
 
The District has a classroom in each of the four elementary schools and one classroom with our community partner, Imagination Childcare Academy.
 
A cornerstone of the Gates Chili UPK program is to expand children's access to rich and varied learning experiences in order to prepare them for school success.  Through play children develop confident and flexible minds. They learn to make choices and decisions for themselves. Play fosters creativity, resilience, and leadership.  It helps children build relationships, form opinions and persevere through adversity.
 


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