Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Our Distinctive Approach

At 82nd Street Academics, we provide children with positive early education experiences that invite students to develop a love for learning. While many of our educational practices are similar to other quality schools, we also have three beliefs about childhood development.

  • Our approach with our families is to develop a partnership in our program where parents can fully participate in the learning process of their children. All of our classrooms are equipped with cameras and audio capabilities so that parents can keep track of daily activities and be reassured that their child is in a safe environment where we are delivering on our program promises. If questions or concerns do arise, our teachers answer their emails daily and turnaround initial responses within 24 hours. Additionally, our teachers send out daily emails to inform parents about that day’s classroom activities and what steps parents can take at home to reinforce what was learned. We also encourage all of our parents to volunteer in the classroom. These volunteer opportunities can be coordinated with the lead teacher once the school year begins.
  • With each student in our program, we are trying to develop not just purely academic skills, but also areas such as social-emotional health, physical development, language & literacy development, and mathematical/cognitive thinking. Our whole child approach is driven by adaptive, teacher-written lesson plans which incorporates multiple domains of learning (some of which will be more fully described below) and is checked and approved by our Early Childhood Program Director. Using these multiple domains of learning, we are able to better individualize each child’s instruction and experience in our program.
  • To measure each domain and properly assess our students, we use a Department of Education accredited measurement system which includes observation and evaluation of each student over a several month period. Once we finalize our results, we can then offer students balanced sub-groups to improve areas in which they need development and to allow for our teachers and student peers to aid in this growth process.

Program Description

The free Universal Pre-K Program runs for a full day, 8AM – 2:20PM, Monday through Friday. Admission into the UPK program is limited. Registration begins in March for the school year starting the following September. Please call 82nd Street Academics, 718-457-0429, to have your name placed on the waiting list or to find out more about this program.

***UPK registrations for school year 2015-2016 are now electronic through the NYC DOE website here. Join us March 16th, at 8110 35th Ave., Jackson Heights to register online. Please call us for more information or to pre-register, 718-457-0429.

Calendar: Revised Calendar Preschool & UPK 2014-2015
Food Calendar: 82nd- Spring Menu
Required Documents: Student Medical Form (NYC Immunization Requirements), Income Eligibility Form


UPK is normally closed once per month so that teachers may attend Professional Development sessions. Kindergarten Readiness/Extended Day will remain open on those days. You may choose to send your child solely for the Kindergarten Readiness portion of the day at no extra charge, or you may pay an additional fee to have your child attend for their full regular hours.

Regular service in the Kindergarten Readiness/Extended Day Program will be suspended on national holidays as well as longer Winter and Spring Breaks. For an additional fee, we offer holiday service to Kindergarten Readiness/Extended Day students. More information will be available after the start of the school year.

  • The Extended Program complements our Universal Pre-K program with advanced learning and development in literacy, math/science and physical activity. This tuition based program is an extension of the UPK schedule. . To apply for UPK and Extended Day, please fill out both application separately. (Seats are limited, call for availability)

    Extended Day Application 2015-2016

  • Social-Emotional Health: This area includes developing self-awareness, becoming more independent, taking personal responsibility in the school environment, and showing empathy for others. These skills are vital for future success in life. Physical Development: Children improve gross motor skills (using large muscle groups) and fine motor skills (control over muscles in hands). We want children to learn the importance of physical activity at a young age.

    Language & Literacy Development: Three-year olds have rapidly developing listening and speaking abilities. The daily activities in our program help young children express their thoughts and understand others. Activities also include letter recognition and the development of phonemic awareness and phonics skills necessary for emergent readers.

    Mathematical & Cognitive Thinking: This area includes logical thinking skills such as comparing, sorting, measuring, and pattern recognition as well as learning numbers.We teach problem-solving skills so children become active learners.

    Through play, children learn to use symbols, developing their capacity to understand abstract ideas. We incorporate these learning domains throughout each daily activity. Children explore their individual interests in classroom centers, which include blocks, dramatic play, manipulative toys, sand and water, and art.They will also engage in group activities such as gross motor time, read-aloud, outdoor science exploration, cooking, singing, and daily discussions.

    We emphasize physical activity. Children have active play opportunities every day in The Learning Park or indoors in the classroom. Our schedule allows children time to be independent by playing alone, to make friends by working in small groups, and to build a community in the classroom through whole group activities. Teachers observe and evaluate children to find out more about their interests, which are the basis for classroom themes and activities. This keeps students motivated and engaged in child-centered learning. At 82nd Street Academics, our staff is committed to building a strong partnership with your entire family to give your child the best learning experience possible!