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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.  If you are interested in the 2023-2024 Universal Pre-kindergarten program, please complete the lottery application.  Applications are due by Friday, March 17, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. 
  • The lottery will be held on March 27, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. and will be available via Zoom.  A link will be provided to applicants via email 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 four years old on or before December 1, 2023. 
  • 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.