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Pre-k Program Information & Registration

Parents/Guardians with Children Under Age 5

  • Half-Day Pre-k: Register now for morning & afternoon sessions starting in the fall of 2022
  • Full-Day Pre-k: Must register for our lottery drawing by the June 24 deadline for fall 2022
  • Census List: Stay informed by adding your under age 5 child to our list & also help us plan for future transportation needs & other services
Put your newborn to age 5 child on our “Census List” - You’ll receive future information on pre-k & kindergarten from the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District. Even if your child will attend a private, parochial or home school, please get on the list to help us plan transportation & other services. Please fill out this form (link) and we will contact you about being added to the census list.

Information videos:

Watch our video overview of the 4-year-old program (link) to learn more about the program for children our half and full day pre-k programs.

Watch our video of the 3-year-old program (link) to learn more about the program for 3-year olds. 

Register for Half Day Pre-K or Enter the Full Day Pre-K Lottery: 

Age 1-3 Programs: All parents with an eligible child on the census list will be mailed an application for the 1- 2- or 3-year old program. Parents who are not sure if their child is on the census list may contact Maureen Burlingame, Registration/Census Clerk, at registration@esmschools.org or 315-434-3011 on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enrollment is limited, so parents are encouraged to complete and return the application as soon as possible. You may also fill out this form (link) and we will contact you.

4-Year Old Programs: Parents must contact ESM to register their child in a 4-year-old pre-k program for fall 2022. Children must be 4 on or before Dec. 1, 2022. Half day programs are offered in the morning and afternoon. Families interested in full day pre-k must register by June 24, 2022 for the lottery drawing. Register for half-day pre-k or the full-day lottery by contacting Maureen Burlingame, Registration/Census Clerk, at registration@esmschools.org or 315-434-3011 on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You may also fill out this form (link) and we will contact you to complete your registration. (Completing this form is NOT registering/entering the drawing.)
 
More About Our New Full Day Pre-K Program 
 
This is the first time that ESM will offer a limited number of full day pre-kindergarten slots in its program. New York State awarded dedicated funding to ESM for this expansion, which starts in September of 2022.
  
Per the state, the full day pre-k openings are available on a lottery basis. Families interested in full day pre-k must register by June 24, 2022 for the lottery drawing. The full day program is expected to operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

A drawing will be held for the 36 full day openings from all families submitting an application. The selected families will have until July 15, 2022 to accept the enrollment or the slot will be given to another child.

ESM will continue to offer half-day pre-k to any families wanting that option. When registering your child, families can select half day or enter the full day pre-k lottery drawing. Children must be 4 on or before Dec. 1, 2022 to participate.

Those who do not get selected for the full day program will have the opportunity for their child to automatically be enrolled in half day pre-k. If you have questions about the actual pre-k program, contact Park Hill School at 315-434-3800.