POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — MAY 15, 2024 — Starting this 2024-25 school year, Dutchess Community College’s Louis Greenspan Day Care Center will be a location for the Poughkeepsie City School District Universal Pre-K (PCSD UPK) program.

The UPK curriculum, grounded in early literacy and numeracy research, prepares eligible 4-year-olds for kindergarten. Students learn through inquiry and play, receiving high-quality instruction in language, math and literacy. The free full-day program follows the DCC calendar and is open to families residing in the school district. Enrollment is based on the UPK lottery.

“We are thrilled to serve as a site for this program,” said Director of the Louis Greenspan Day Care Center Sandra Kraich. “Its aims align perfectly with the framework and learning environment we’ve cultivated here at DCC, especially in terms of equity. UPK is such a wonderful resource for our families, providing much-needed access to early childhood education.”

The deadline to apply for UPK has been extended to June 3. For more information about the program at DCC, visit www.sunydutchess.edu/upk. Learn about all childcare options at DCC at www.sunydutchess.edu/childcare.

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Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education with the lowest tuition in New York state. The College currently has four locations including its main campus in Poughkeepsie, DCC @ Fishkill, DCC @ HVR Airport, and DCC @ the Partnership. For more information visit www.sunydutchess.edu.