• Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten!

    The Lancaster Central School District currently partners with Carousel Academy to provide Pre-Kindergarten services to our 4-year-old students. We offer high-quality learning experiences that set the foundation for educational success. Each day, we strive to build an atmosphere that fosters an enjoyment and love of learning.

    We are excited to announce that, due to anticipated increased funding, we are offering both half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year.  

  • Requirements and Information


    • Based on anticipated state and additional funding, students are selected to participate in the District's Universal Pre-kindergarten Program by lottery.  Applications for the 2022-2023 Universal Pre-kindergarten program have been closed.  Any applications received going forward will be placed on the waitlist.  If you would like your child to be added to the waitlist, please contact Lancaster Central School District at 716-686-3390.
    • The lottery will be held on March 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. and will be available via Zoom.  A link will be provided to applicants closer to the lottery date. 
    • Lottery results will be available at the lottery and will also be provided via email approximately two weeks after the lottery.
    • Your child must be 4 years old on or before December 1, 2022. 
    • Your child must be the child of a custodial parent who is a legal resident of the Lancaster Central School District.
    • Your child must be potty-trained before school begins.


    • Traditionally, the pre-kindergarten program, currently provided by Carousel Academy, has been offered at the Central Avenue School building at 149 Central Avenue, Lancaster.  Many of the classes will continue to be offered at this location. Due to the increased number of classes, we are in the process of procuring other teaching spaces.  More information regarding that will be forthcoming. 
    • The half-day pre-kindergarten program runs 2.5 hours per day, five days a week.  Classes are offered in the morning (approximately 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (approximately 12:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.). These times may be subject to change.
    • The full-day pre-kindergarten program runs from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., five days a week. These times may be subject to change.
    • The program follows the district calendar for holidays and recesses. 
    • 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!