The Neighborhood Center is partnering with the Utica City and Waterville Central School Districts to offer free enrollment for Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) for the 2023-2024 school year. Children must be four years old by December 1st and live within the districts.

In the Utica City School District: UPK morning or afternoon classes are offered September thru June and they follow the Utica City School District plan. UPK is held at three locations: The Neighborhood Center at 624 Elizabeth Street; the North Utica Senior Center on 50 Riverside Drive and Conkling Elementary UPK will now be held at 615 Mary Street, Utica at The Neighborhood Center.

In the Waterville Central School District: UPK full day classes and bussing are offered September thru June and they follow the Waterville Central School District plan. UPK is held at Memorial Park Elementary School, 145 East Bacon St. in Waterville.

To receive an application by mail, call the Neighborhood Center at (315) 272-2600 or in Waterville, email Submit applications immediately to secure your student’s seat for this school year.

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