UPK (4 to 5 Years Old)

18 children maximum with 2 teachers

UPK began in New York State in 1997, as part of the Educational Reform Legislation. The goal is to provide quality early learning experiences for all four year old children, regardless of the socio-economic status of their family. UPK allows for six and a half hours of free education.

New Milestone's UPK curriculum is based off of the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core, which is a "framework that focuses on learning and development for the 4 year old child. The primary purpose of prekindergarten standards is to ensure that all children with disabilities, students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and English Language Learners (ELLs) have rich and varied early learning experiences that prepare them for success in school and lay the foundation for college career readiness."

UPK Daily Schedule

  • 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.Arrival/Sign in
  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Circle Time
  • 9:15 – 10:25 a.m.Center Time
  • 10:25 – 11:20 a.m.Outdoor Play/Music and Movement
  • 11:20 – 12:00 a.m.Lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.Nap
  • 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.Center Time
  • 2:15 – 2:25 p.m.Closing Meeting
  • 2:25 – 2:35 p.m.Dismissal

During Morning Circle time, we:

  • Sing Songs
  • Read Books
  • Do movement activities
  • Discuss the day's activities

In Learning Centers, we:

  • Explore on our own
  • Participate in planned activities
  • Work with our friends
  • Work alone

During Outdoor Play, we:

  • Move our bodies
  • Play with our friends
  • Enjoy the outdoors

During Reflection time, we:

  • Sing Songs
  • Read books
  • Do movement activities
  • Talk about what we did that day
  • Prepare for the next day

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