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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

Early Learning

New York State Education Department Seal
P-12 Education
Office of Early Learning
89 Washington Avenue, Room 319 EB, Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-5807
To: 
Superintendents of Schools in Districts receiving Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Funding and/or Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten (SUFDPK) Funding
Pre-K Program Contacts in Districts receiving Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Funding and/or Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten (SUFDPK) Funding
Regional Information Centers and Big 5 District Contacts
From: 
Jason Breslin, Director, Office of Early Learning
Subject: 
2021-2022 Guidance on Reporting Prekindergarten (PreK) Children in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS)
Date: 
September 27, 2021
The Student Information Repository System (SIRS) currently includes two Pre-K program codes – 902 for Universal Pre-K and 990 for “Other” Pre-K. In 2021-2022, SIRS does not provide a distinct code for the Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten (SUFDPK). We will be collecting additional necessary data pertaining to child enrollment counts for SUFDPK through the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System (MVPS) on NYSED’s Application Business Portal. Information and guidance regarding this process will be forthcoming in a separate field memo.
 
All prekindergarten students, regardless of the funding that supports their PreK program, must be reported in SIRS. Please follow the instructions in the chart at the end of this document for reporting prekindergarten students. Failure to appropriately code prekindergarten students may result in a reduction in the district’s reimbursement amount for the provision of 2021-2022 prekindergarten services.
 
In 2021-2022, BEDS day will be the only day used to determine the maximum amount payable to a district based upon the number of students enrolled. As a reminder, BEDS day is on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
 
Questions regarding how to code students should be directed first to a district’s local Regional Information Center (RIC) or Level 1 operator. A list of RIC and Big 5 City District Contacts can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/sirs/ric-big5.html.
 
Questions about reporting data in SIRS can be directed to the Office of Information and Reporting Services at datasupport@nysed.gov.
 
Questions regarding any of the state-administered prekindergarten programs may be directed to the Office of Early Learning at oel@nysed.gov.