Eligibility and Registration

  • Eligibility for Boston UPK 

    Families must reside in Boston to be eligible for Boston Universal Pre-K. All children who are four years old as of September 1 are eligible for pre-k beginning that school year. A new program is currently available which admits a limited number of 3-year-olds. A 3-year-old student must turn three years old by September 1 of that school year.

  • Applying for Boston UPK 

    Families interested in pre-k at a community provider should submit an application for their student. 

    Applications are now being accepted for pre-k at community-based providers for the 2022-23 school year. Apply now here. Families who submit an application will be contacted about placement at a community provider within 72 business hours (Monday-Friday). If you indicated on your application that your child has an IEP or IFSP, or that you are unsure, you should expect to be contacted by Boston UPK Special Education staff. 

    You can see a map of all current UPK community providers before beginning the application here

    You can download a 2022-23 UPK registration flyer here: 
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    Note about BPS K1/K0: If you are seeking to register for pre-k in a Boston Public Schools classroom (not at a community provider), please contact BPS Welcome Services. School-based pre-k classrooms serve students who are four years old as of September 1 (K1), and BPS provides early childhood programs for 3-year-old children with identified special needs (K0). For more information, please visit the BPS Welcome Services website at www.bostonpublicschools.org/register or call 617-635-9046.

  • “UPK has been the perfect transition for my son from his small and loving home childcare to a more traditional school environment. The hands-on teaching staff, diverse peer group, and focus on play and exploration have contributed immensely to his growth over the past year. He has acquired important literacy and numeracy skills, but has also become a more confident learner, a deeply curious thinker, and a better friend through his UPK experience. The highlight of our day is when he opens his backpack to present me with the artwork and projects he created which showcase his learning and enthusiasm in a tangible way. In addition, we have been thoroughly impressed with the UPK teaching team.
    - Sarah Olia, UPK parent, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Boston Universal Pre-K

  • I submitted an application for my child for UPK. What do I do now?

  • Who is eligible for Boston Universal Pre-K?

  • How is pre-k at a community provider different from a Boston Public Schools classroom?

  • How long does it take to complete the online application?

  • Is there flexibility in the September 1 cut-off date for age for starting pre-k?

  • Is there before-school care, after-school care, or summer care provided?

  • Can I use a voucher for before-school care, after-school care, and/or summer care (“wraparound services”)?

  • What if my family moves during the school year?

  • Why is registration for UPK at community providers separate from BPS schools?

  • How might enrolling in pre-k at a community provider instead of pre-k (K1) at a BPS school affect my child’s chances in the BPS lottery for K2?

  • How can someone apply for Boston UPK without a computer or web-enabled mobile device?

  • My application account has been disabled because I attempted to log in too many times. What should I do?

  • How are UPK community providers handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • How was funding established for free universal pre-k in Boston?

  • I am a child care provider. How can my program become a Boston UPK provider?