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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 enjoyment and love of learning.

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.  The lottery for the 2024-2025 school year was held on March 19, 2024.  If you would like your child to be added to the waitlist for the 2024-2025 school, please call the District Office at (716) 686-3390.

  • Your child must be four years old on or before December 1, 2024. 

  • 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.


  • Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) classes will be held at the Central Avenue School building at 149 Central Avenue and at Our Lady of Pompeii School.  

  • 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 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.). These times may be subject to change.

  • The full-day pre-kindergarten program runs from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 (716) 686-3390.