Q: Our district is receiving new funding from the 2023 enacted budget on top of state-funds we already receive to run a state-funded prekindergarten program. Do we have to convert our half-day program to a full-day program with our old allocation?
A: No. Districts who have been receiving funding to run state-funded UPK programs for half-day programs do not need to convert those seats to full-day slots. Any new funding the district is receiving through the 2022-2023 enacted budget was intended for serving full-day 4-year-old students. However, under Education Law 3602-e, a district may convert no more than 30% of their full-day slots to half-day slots before incurring an overage penalty.
Q: If we serve more students than what our allocation is for, will the district get reimbursed additional funding?
A: No. Any seats that are filled beyond what has been allocated to the district are at the district’s own expense. A district cannot receive additional funding if they fill more slots than what they are allocated for.
Q: Is the district allowed to use all their UPK funding to contract out the entire program to eligible agencies?
A: Yes. There is nothing that prevents a district from entirely using eligible agencies to run a UPK program. However, the district would still have oversight of the program as the funding is awarded to the district and not the eligible agencies.
Q: What is the length of the project period for the UPK grant?
A: The project period runs from July 1 – June 30 of each year. For example, for the 2022-2023 school year, the project period will run from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Districts are encouraged to make sure all budget amendments (FS-10-A) are submitted by July 8th.