Wee Can Pre-School & Early Childhood Program


Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

Morning session is 9AM-11:30 AM               Afternoon session is 12 noon-2:30 PM

Orchard Park Central School District has placed 20 UPK students at Wee Can Preschool for the 2008-2009 school year

UPK is a New York State sponsored program for children that are 4 years old –this program is free of charge to families that have children residing in the OP school district

It is 2 ½ hours daily for 180 school days   - http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/upk/regulations.html

Before and after school care is available to UPK students attending the Wee Can UPK program.

 At Wee Can Preschool, our UPK students are integrated with children with special needs. It is very important for children to learn tolerance for those that are different from themselves at an early age. It is also important for children with special needs to be around typically developing peers, so they can see and learn how to play, walk, talk, and learn.

UPK students must provide own basic school materials. A list of items will be provided to you

UPK students must provide own snacks and drinks  - parents are asked to provide enough snacks and drinks for the entire class, on a rotating basis.  Our Nurse has prepared a list of acceptable, breakfast type nutritional snacks. We do request that parents only send items from the list, unless you have spoken with your child's teacher or the nurse prior to the item being brought in. The classroom teacher will provide you with a list and let you know when it is your turn.


Curriculum: *

     Wee Can has aligned curriculum with the New York State learning standards, that ensures continuity with instruction in the early elementary grades and is integrated with Orchard Park Central School District's Kindergarten expectations. Activities are child-centered and are designed and provided in a way that promotes the child's total growth and development.            Children are encouraged to be self-assured and independent. Much emphasis is placed on early literacy and emergent reading instruction based on effective, evidence-based practices.  Essential components include:

background knowledge	
phonological awareness 
expressive and receptive language
vocabulary development 
bullet  phonemic awareness

* if you would like detailed information on curriculum please see "Universal Pre-K regulations" page 2 "curriculum" at the following link   http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/upk/regulations.html


This site was last updated 07/24/09