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State-Administered Prekindergarten Programs | Applications

Districts and agencies may apply for Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) allocations and Statewide Universal Full Day Prekindergarten (SUFDPK) grants before each school year.

Applications are completed and submitted using the SED Monitoring & Vendor Performance System (MVPS), which is available on the State Education Department Delegated Account System (SEDDAS) Business Portal.  

For assistance with SEDDAS password resets and technical difficulties regarding the NYSED Application Business Portal and the SEDDAS application, contact NYSED at seddas@nysed.gov.

Types of Prekindergarten Funding

Universal Prekindergarten (UPK)

UPK allocation funds are allocated to school districts in accordance with a formula set forth in Section 3602-e (10) of Education Law. Allocations and the number of children to be served for districts that received only UPK funding during the 2020-2021 school year are unchanged. 

Districts who are receiving prekindergarten funding for the first time will use the 2021-2022 UPK Expansion Allocations List to determine the number of eligible full day four year old students the district may receive funding for during the 2021-2022 program year. Districts who already receive UPK or Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten funding in the 2020-2021 program year may use funds to supplement their current programs for full-day four year old students.

NYSED's State Aid office provides UPK enrollment output reports. UPK districts may refer to these reports to determine if their allocation budget must be amended.

Differentiating the 2021-2022 Non-competitive UPK Expansion Allocation from 2021-2022 Competitive Universal Prekindergarten Expansion Grant for New Full-Day Placements for Four-Year-Old Students

The 2021-2022 Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) Application on the Business Portal is only for a school district’s UPK allocational funding. This includes existing State-funded UPK allocations that were originally provided to school districts prior to 2021-2022 and new Federally funded UPK expansion allocations provided as of 2021-2022. As opposed to competitive grant awards, these allocational funding streams are non-competitive because they have already been assigned to each school district in accordance with a formula set forth in New York State Education Law Section 3602-E.

The recently announced 2021-2022 PreK RFP is a competitive grant program with a distinct and separate application process. Please refer to the information provided on the RFP’s announcement web page when applying for this new grant.

Statewide Universal Full Day Prekindergarten (SUFDPK)

Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2014 appropriated $340 million for prekindergarten grants to incentivize and fund universal full-day prekindergarten programs, in accordance with Section 3602-ee of the Education Law. Prekindergarten seats awarded through this competitive SUFDPK grant and filled during the grant period will continue to be renewed in subsequent years provided the program meets the quality standards and all applicable requirements. Programs operating under this grant must provide instruction for at least five hours per school day for the entire school year (which must at a minimum include 180 days per school year). SUFDPK funds can only be used for students who are four years of age. Grant funding must be used only to supplement, not supplant, existing prekindergarten programs. A total of $300 million has been allocated to the New York City region for this application, and $40 million has been allocated cumulatively for the nine other regions of New York State.

Programs should use the award chart to determine the amount of funding the program is eligible for based on the total number and types of seats awarded in the original SUFDPK grant award. Districts who also receive Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) funding in the 2021-2022 program year may use SUFDPK funds to supplement their current programs for either conversion slots or new full-day slots for four year old students.

Targeted Prekindergarten (TPK)

2020-2021 school year TPK grants are awarded to three regional Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) organizations. All grants are subject to further review, monitoring, and audit to ensure compliance. Children enrolled in the TPK program must meet the economically-disadvantaged eligibility requirements of Section 151-2.2(b) of the Regulations of the Commissioner. This section defines “economically-disadvantaged” as “a child whose family is eligible for some form of assistance such as Aid to Families of Dependent Children, for reduced price school lunch, food stamps, Medicaid, unemployment compensation or disability compensation”. In addition, Section 151-2.5(1) of the Regulations of the Commissioner states “that at least 80 percent of the prekindergarten children served by the program are economically-disadvantaged or that all interested and eligible economically-disadvantaged children residing in the area served by the program will be served by the program.”