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The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area operates Universal Pre-Kindergarten for schools throughout Albany, Cohoes and Watervliet. UPK programming includes high-quality early learning experiences designed to prepare children to achieve and succeed.

Albany Universal Prekindergarten Program

Meredith Harris

Universal Prekindergarten Director, Albany

(518) 462-5528 ext. 1003



Arbor Hill Elementary School

1 Arbor Drive
Albany, NY 12210

(518) 475-6625 ​

Albany School of Humanities

108 Whitehall Rd

Albany, NY 12209 

(518) 475-6575


Giffen Elementary

274 S. Pearl Street

Albany, NY 12202

(518) 462-7176


Sheridan Preparatory Academy

400 Sheridan Avenue

Albany, NY 12206

(518) 475-6850


Philip J Schuyler Achievement Academy

676 Clinton Avenue

Albany, NY 12206

(518) 475-6700

The City School District of Albany is accepting applications now through March 18 for magnet and prekindergarten lotteries. Both lotteries are April 13. Pre-K is offered at all elementary schools – including magnet schools – as well as community locations city-wide. Please note this lottery is for Pre-K 4 program (4 years old by Dec. 1). There is a separate lottery for Pre-K 3 program (3 years old by Dec. 1) held later in the spring.

Cohoes Universal Prekindergarten Program 

Mary Haley

Universal Prekindergarten Director, Cohoes

(518)-237-5044 ext. 147



Van Schaick Grade School

150 Continental Ave

Cohoes, NY 12047


Harmony Hill School

120 Madeline Hickey Way

Cohoes, NY 12047

Abram Lansing Elementary

26 James St

Cohoes, NY 12047

Watervliet Universal Prekindergarten Program 

Char'lee Frament

Universal Prekindergarten Director, Watervliet

(518) 704-4225 ext. 1003



Watervliet Elementary School

2557 10th Ave #1,
Watervliet, NY 12189

Why UPK is important

The Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) was established in 1997 as an early education foundation to providing high quality, developmentally appropriated programs in the State of New York designed to meet the social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, cultural and physical needs of children. The CLUB began providing UPK services for the Albany School District in 1998.


At the preschool level, children build strong foundations in social, pre-academic, and general life skills that will give them a leg up in school and beyond. Research shows that children who graduate from preschool have improved academic readiness, lower incarceration rates, and higher rates of pay.

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