• Pre-Kindergarten Program
    (Requirements and Information)


    • Students are selected by lottery to participate in the District's Universal Pre-kindergarten Program.  Based on anticipated state funding, the Lancaster Central School District is accepting lottery applications for a tuition-free Universal Pre-kindergarten program for the 2021-2022 school year.                                                                                                    
    • Your child must be 4 years old on or before December 1, 2021.
    • The lottery application due date is March 19, 2021.  The lottery is on Monday, March 29th.
    • You must be a legal resident of the Lancaster Central School District. 
    • Your child must be potty-trained before school begins.
    • Parents will be notified of the lottery results via US Mail approximately two weeks after the lottery.


    • The pre-kindergarten program, currently provided by Carousel Academy, is located at 149 Central Avenue, Lancaster (in the Central Avenue school building).
    • The pre-kindergarten program runs 2.5 hours per day, 5 days a week and follows the district calendar for holidays and recesses.
    • Classes are offered in the morning (9:00-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (12:15-2:45 p.m.). These times may be subject to change. 
    • Parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from the program.
    • If you have any questions about the lottery process, please contact the District Office at 686-3390. Thank you!