BOSTON UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Welcome! We’re excited you are considering preschool for your child. Preschool is also known as Pre-Kindergarten. In Boston, we have Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK), a program that is funded by the City of Boston and promises to deliver on high-quality choices that are free of cost to Boston’s three and four year old children. UPK is a 6.5-hour school day for 180 days per year.
The Boston UPK model offers the same high quality programming in a variety of settings:
- Boston Public Schools (BPS) - known as K0 (for 3-year-olds) and K1 (for 4-year-olds)
- Community Centers
- Family Child Care
- Independent Schools
You can find the full list of schools and centers that offer UPK in this map.
What does high-quality Pre-K mean?
All UPK programs - regardless of where they are offered - are standardized and quality-based. They all share the following:
Eligibility and Registration
Applications for School Year 2024-2025 will open on Monday, March 25th, 2024.
You can download a UPK informational flyer below: