UPK Seats for 4-Year-Olds Are Still Available

Boston Public Schools Universal Pre-K program

If you're the parent of a child who is currently 4 years old, there may be a Universal Pre-K (UPK) seat available for your child right now, for the rest of this current school year.

Read on to learn more about UPK options in the City of Boston for your family.

What is Universal Pre-K?

The Boston Public Schools Universal Pre-K program provides high-quality preschool for every 4-year-old child living in the city of Boston at no cost to families. All Boston children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2019 are eligible for open seats in the 2019-2020 school year.

Where can I find UPK providers for my 4-year-old?

The preschool program is a full six-and-a-half hour school day at either a BPS school or at a community early learning center. 

How do I enroll my child at a UPK provider? Does it cost money?

The UPK program is offered free to all Boston residents. You should know that while UPK seats are limited for 4-year-olds, there are still open seats at UPK providers for this current school year if you have a child who turned 4 by Sep. 1, 2019 and they still need a K1 seat for this school year.

The map below provides locations for UPK providers that have open seats for this current school year. (You'll need to confirm with individual providers that they still have seats available as this map is current as of Dec. 24, 2019.)

To enroll your child at a UPK-affiliated community provider for this current school year, please complete this UPK Interest Form online and contact please contact Joelle Auguste, Boston UPK Family Engagement & Comprehensive Services Manager for Boston Public Schools, to discuss your available UPK options. Her email is mauguste3@bostonpublicschools.org and her phone number is 617-635-9063.

For school year 2020-2021, Mayor Marty Walsh announced in April 2019 that the City of Boston will invest $15 million to fund the creation of 750 high-quality UPK seats. Application and enrollment information for 2020-21 UPK seats will be released sometime in January 2020.

To learn more about Boston's UPK program, please visit the Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood website

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