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  • Update as of 3/30/2020:

    Message from Dr. Baughn,


    Dear Parents, Teachers, Staff and Students,


    With the announcement from Governor Wolf regarding the indefinite closure of schools. The Chester Upland School district has been planning and will be implementing remote schooling for our teachers and students in the coming days. Please continue to monitor the website for further instruction and information. Continue to Stay safe!


    Mensaje del Dr. Baughn,


    Estimados padres, maestros, personal y estudiantes,


    Con el anuncio del gobernador Wolf sobre el cierre indefinido de las escuelas . El distrito escolar de Chester Upland ha estado planeando e implementará educación remota para nuestros maestros y estudiantes en los próximos días. Continúe monitoreando el sitio web para obtener más instrucciones e información. Continuar para mantenerse a salvo!




    There will be a Special Meeting of the Public to determine the disposition of the C.H.A.P. Charter School application. This will be a virtual meeting using Zoom (info to join below). It will start at 3:00 pm on Monday, April 6, 2020. Meeting protocol will be explained at beginning of meeting. 

    To join: https://Zoom.us/j/2430528628. You will have to download the Zoom app on Your computer or phone.

    Chester Upland School District

    Gregory Thornton, Interim Receiver





    Habrá una reunión especial del público para determinar la disposición del C.H.A.P. Solicitud de la escuela charter. Esta será una reunión virtual usando Zoom (información para unirse a continuación). Comenzará a las 3:00 pm el lunes 6 de abril de 2020. El protocolo de la reunión se explicará al comienzo de la reunión.

    Para unirse: https://Zoom.us/j/2430528628. Tendrá que descargar la aplicación Zoom en su computadora o teléfono.

    Distrito escolar de Chester Upland

    Gregory Thornton, receptor interino


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Early Childhood

EARLY CHILDHOOD (Pre-Kindergarten)
The Chester Upland School District is committed to providing the youngest members of our community with a pre-kindergarten program of the highest quality. It is our belief all children can and will be successful today and in the future if provided with an engaging, active, learning environment..


About Our Programs 

Our District operates a full – day Pre- K Counts program in all our elementary schools. Our three year olds will be able to have a two year pre-school experience before entering the kindergarten program. Our goal is to help all children early in their academic careers thus fostering intellectual curiosity and social bonds with their peers. In our classrooms you will find the following interest centers: science, math, art, listening, library, blocks, writing, computers and dramatic play. These centers allow young children to learn best because they are able to construct knowledge through meaningful play and active exploration of the environment. All teachers are Pennsylvania certified in early childhood education and each classroom has a highly qualified teaching assistant. Our staff is committed to providing your child with the best pre- school education in a safe, nurturing environment. Class sizes are small and allow our staff to work closely with individual children to best meet their academic and social needs.


Guiding Principles

  • Language and early literacy development must be supported and integrated throughout all aspects of our early childhood education program.
  • Young children learn best when they are able to construct knowledge through meaningful play and active exploration of the environment.
  • The learning environment should stimulate and engage their curiosity of the world around them, as well as meet their physical and emotional needs so that they will feel safe and secure.


Registration Process

Thank you for your interest in the Chester Upland School District’s Pre-Kindergarten Counts program!  For your best chance at acceptance, please submit your child’s completed application as soon as possible at one of our neighborhood elementary schools from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. daily, due to limited seating.


Complete ALL necessary steps below.

Only completed applications with all supporting documentation will be accepted.

  1. Pre-K Counts Application
  2. Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate with raised seal)
  3. Documentation of Family Income (Tax forms, 3 consecutive paystubs, SSI, Child Support)
  4. Proof of Chester, Chester Township or Upland residency (Mortgage documents, lease, utility bill, Chester Upland Multiple Occupancy Documentation)
  5. Child’s current physical and immunizations
  6. Completed Dental Form
  7. Picture Identification of parent/guardian

Note: Please bring the following if they apply to you: proof of TANF (DPW) cash, SNAP/food stamps, medical assistance, custody order, a copy of child’s IEP, foster letter, and/or homeless verification letter/shelter letter.


Registration Materials