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Pre-Kindergarten at Pine Bush

A group of 16 pre-school children sitting on a colorful run. In front of them is a Golden Retriever lying down. Four kids are petting him.

Pre-Kindergarten at Pine Bush

The Pine Bush Central School District currently offers a full-day pre-kindergarten program at no cost to families. The program provides services for 180 students through 10 pre-kindergarten classes – three at both Pine Bush Elementary and Pakanasink Elementary, and two at both Circleville Elementary and EJ Russell Elementary. The pre-kindergarten students follow the same schedule as their respective elementary schools. 

The pre-kindergarten experience engages children in activities that promote intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth through books, puzzles, art materials, dramatic play props, and math and science manipulatives. New York State certified teachers and teaching assistants provide carefully planned instruction with lots of opportunities for children to make friends, be considerate of others, experience new things and, by the end of the school year, be prepared for kindergarten. 


Eligibility and Application Process

To participate in the pre-kindergarten program, children must be residents of the Pine Bush Central School District, and must be 4 years old by Dec. 1 of the year they would begin pre-kindergarten.  

Selection for enrollment in the program is made through a random lottery process based on the number of students the program can accommodate.

The deadline to submit an application to be included in the lottery for the 2023-2024 school year is March 27, 2023. Please click here to submit an application.

This application is for the 2023-2024 school year only. If your child turned 4 prior to Dec. 1, 2022 and you wish to have him/her added to the waiting list for the current school year, please contact Peggy Fontana at the phone number listed below. 

If you have any questions regarding the pre-kindergarten program, please contact Peggy Fontana at 845-744-2031 ext. 4808.   


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Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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