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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.

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 Sarah Peters, Director of the UPK and Preschool Programs, at (716) 478-4751.

Download the Registration Packet

Watch Our Progress!

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is on the brink of opening the doors of yet another innovative project that will enhance the lives of women and the community in which they reside.  It is the latest in a series of life-altering programs and projects introduced by the YW over the years, with a goal of improving the lives of women living in WNY.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and its forerunners have a 125 year history of engagement in and with their communities, evolving with the needs of the times and consistently supporting the mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.  A result of the 2015 merger of the YWCA of Niagara and the YWCA of the Tonawanda’s, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier has strengthened its portfolio, increasing its effectiveness within the broader geographical footprint.

Building on its recognized history and experience of providing shelter for victims of domestic violence and transitional and permanent housing for women (and their children) without a place to call home, the YWCA is now constructing a 12 apartment permanent housing complex with a social enterprise component to help women avoid homelessness and escape family valence. It will be the YWCA’s first supportive housing enterprise for single women.

Each resident will have their own (approximately 500 sq. ft.) furnished apartment, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and sitting area.  There will be communal laundry facilities, exercise, and relaxation space. A protected garden green space and patio will provide respite during more user-friendly outdoor months. Equally important are the services available to the residents and also to area low income women who would benefit from them, such as case management, trauma informed individual and group counseling, safety planning, court accompaniment, life and/or job skill training with on-site employment opportunities, financial literacy advocacy, responsible tenant and homeownership counsel, and client-specific information and referrals.  

The ground floor of the historic, refurbished building will feature a café/coffee shop, providing refreshment for the community and residents at the Tremont apartments.  YW’s commercial enterprise will also provide residents with on-site workforce training and employment opportunities, a model that has proven successful for the YW and its clients, as it also indirectly supports businesses by enhancing the NT shopping experience.  The café will feature seasonal-appropriate outside seating.

The YWCA is currently seeking sponsors to help meet the funding needs for the Café, programs and residences.  Please contact CEO, Kathleen Granchelli, for more information about sponsorship opportunities at or 716 433 6714 ext. 212.

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