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Universal Pre-K

There’s no magic like a child’s magic

Our UPK program offers opportunities to play, learn, and socialize through a variety of age appropriate experiences. Structured and unstructured activities are based on weekly and/or monthly themes.

Our Philosophy of Child-Centered Activities:

  • Every child learns best by doing
  • Every child learns at his/her own pace
  • Every child learns through his/her own individual style (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic or a combination)
  • Every child brings his/her own unique perspectives to each activity

Activities include:

  • A Fall & Spring Scholastic Book Fair
  • A Family Literacy Night
  • Gym Class Twice a Week – Large motor activities strengthen muscles and develop coordination
  • Daily music opportunities in the classroom
  • Once a week multi-sensory experience with a talented musician
  • A Graduation Celebration showcasing the children’s year-long learning experiences and achievements

UPK at John Pound School

In partnership with the Lockport City School District, the UPK program at John Pound School is available to all Lockport City School residents. This program cultivates academic, social, emotional, and physical success for each child through developmentally appropriate programs.

Afterschool Program

The YWCA is offering a free afterschool program for students in the UPK program. This wraparound service begins at 2:30 until 5:30 PM and is right on site. Please indicate that you will be using this service upon enrolling your child in the YWCA UPK.

The afterschool program begins Monday, September 19th, 2022.

Applying for UPK

Applications for the free program for Lockport City School District residents are available through the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, the Lockport Early Childhood Center, all Lockport Elementary Schools, and the Lockport Board of Education.

The registration process will take place in March. Your child must be four years old on or before December 1st of the year your child will attend school.

In order to register your child for UPK, you will need:

  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Proof of residency (NYSEG bill, phone bill, tax, insurance, or bank statement, etc.)
  • Registration forms
  • Health history forms
  • Child’s current immunization record (Shot record)
  • Child’s current physician’s report (Physical)
  • Child’s current lead screening report
  • Child’s current dental evaluation report
  • Custody/legal documentation, if applicable

For an appointment to see our classes in action or for questions, please contact Jennifer Reardon, Director of the UPK and Preschool Programs, at (716) 478-4750.