Register your four-year-old for the St. John Street UPK program

Monticello Central School District’s renowned UPK program — the St. John Street Preschool — has spots available for the 2024-25 school year.  The program is free, breakfast and lunch is served daily, and transportation is available. Eligible students must be four years of age by Dec. 1, 2024. 

All students who register will attend the St. John Street Preschool in the 2024-25 school year. 

The St. John Street Preschool offers students a curriculum designed in partnership with Monticello CSD teachers that helps prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond. The program emphasizes early literacy, creativity, socialization and developmental skills (see “About the program”). 

Please contact (845) 794-7700, ext. 78905 for more information, or to make an appointment to register. 

About the program: 

The St. John Street Community School Preschool program provides educational services for universal pre-kindergarten students of Monticello and classified preschool children from throughout Sullivan County. Program offerings include daycare classrooms, private tuition preschool, universal pre-k (integrated and non-integrated) as well as classes for children with disabilities (integrated and non-integrated).

Creative Curriculum

Based on the concept of learning through play, the preschool classrooms are filled with engaging activities that teach foundational skills, content knowledge, and language development through hands-on, playful activities.

Preschool classrooms are bright, colorful, full of language development and language stimulation, nurturing and open to endless possibilities for student exploration and “hands-on” learning.

By providing students with ample opportunities to explore areas of their interest, the curriculum focuses on using the strengths of the students to build self-esteem and the important preschool skills of socialization, language development, academic readiness, and motor development.

Educated Staff

The staff consists of well-trained, experienced educators driven by the educational philosophy of the Monticello Central School District. They strive to provide an educationally stimulating classroom environment enriched with positive behavior management strategies. Children receive developmentally appropriate pre-academic instruction. Daily opportunities to participate in learning experiences and activities such as art, music, and movement, help encourage children’s self-expression. Guided socialization activities and exposure to high quality literature are also a part of the diverse curriculum. Additionally, there are opportunities for gross motor development, participation in simple cooking activities, exposure to science activities, and computer instruction.