Universal Prekindergarten Program

The Greater Johnstown School District’s Universal Pre-kindergarten program addresses instructional components, cognitive skills, social and emotional development and the physical skills of youngsters. Children must be four years old on or before December 1 and reside in the Johnstown School District to be eligible. The program does not require income eligibility. For an application packet, please call the Pre-kindergarten office at (518) 762-8610 or visit the forms page to download a packet.

All forms in the prekindergarten application packet must be completed and brought to the District Office in the high school building, including the residency form, together with proof of residency. All parents must complete the residency form.

Prekindergarten classes are held at Pleasant Avenue School.


Universal Prekindergarten is open to children residing in the school district who are four years old on or before Dec. 1 of the current school year. Income eligibility is not a factor and all families are encouraged to apply. Up to 18 children are allowed in each session. At this time, 72 children from the Greater Johnstown School District may be enrolled in the program. A lottery is held in early June to determine September’s enrollment in years when more than 72 applications are received. Any such lottery is conducted pursuant to requirements by the State Education Department, to ensure equal access and opportunity for all families. Students not selected in the June lottery process are placed on waiting list, based on the date their application was received, to be contacted in the event a slot opens during the course of the school year.


The staff at Johnstown Pre-K consists of two teachers and two teacher aides.


Pre-K has a morning and and afternoon session and follows the Greater Johnstown School District calendar.

  • AM: 8:45-11:30 a.m.
  • PM: 12:30-3:10 p.m.


  • Welcome Time
  • Nutritious Snack
  • Lesson Time
  • Learning Center Time
  • Closing Time

Universal Pre-K Activities Include

  • Reading Readiness
  • Math Skills
  • Science Lessons
  • Literature
  • Social Skills
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Large Motor Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Music
  • Library
  • Parent/Child Activities