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Universal Prekindergarten Applications and Renewals

Initial and renewal UPK program applications must be submitted online. Upon receipt of a complete application (including compliance with staff criminal record checks), the Agency of Education and the Department for Children and Families will have thirty business days to process the application. UPK prequalified status begins on the date of approval and expires three years on June 30th of the year of renewal. Please note that you must complete the application using a Windows operating system. Apple products are not compatible.

IMPORTANT - Before submitting a UPK application all program staff must be compliant with Child Care Licensing criminal record check that includes fingerprinting and a background clearance check and verified by Child Care Licensing. Please contact your CDD Licensing Technician for a list of staff who may need to submit for a criminal record check.

  1. Application Checklist for Universal PreK Prequalified Education Program Approval - Please review the checklist to make sure you have all the information you need before you apply. There is no save function on the application.
  1. Application to become a Prequalified Prekindergarten Education Program - This application is for first-time applicants and renewals. If you have completed the application checklist, and all staff are compliant with fingerprinting/background clearances, you may apply. The application should take about 30 minutes to complete.

For information about new or renewal applications, please contact the Agency of Education at