Achievements has been awarded a grant by the New York State Education Department to offer Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten (UPK) at the Maplewood School in Watervliet!

Kids Express is a private, Community Based Organization (CBO), and is recommended for children who were not chosen for their school districts UPK through their lottery system. This is also a great opportunity for children who reside in school districts that do not offer UPK!

We can take applications from ALL Districts.

Kids Express is the only private preschool in the Capital Region that was awarded a grant to run UPK programs as a standalone CBO. UPK programs are funded through New York State, there is no cost to families!

Any child turning 4 years old by December 1st of 2023 is eligible for our 5 hour UPK program. After Care may be available.

For availability or additional information, contact Stephanie by phone at (518) 782-1178 or by e-mail at


Kids Express Preschool Capital District NY
Our Application Deadline for the 2023-2024 School Year will be Friday, April 28. If we do not receive your child’s application by the deadline date, your child’s application will be placed on the waiting list.
As outlined in the New York State Regulations, the selection process for Universal Pre-K is a randomly selected lottery. The Lottery Selection for the 2023-2024 School Year will be held on Tuesday, May 2.
Families who applied for our UPK program for the 2023-2024 School Year will be notified by telephone or email if they are selected for the UPK program or if they will be placed on our waiting list.