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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

YWCA Tremont Street Project
Building Empowerment, Brick by Brick

Honor a loved one, give tribute to a special person, or see your own family name engraved on a brick that shows your support for the women of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier will soon open the doors of yet another innovative project that will enhance the lives of women and the community of North Tonawanda. As 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.

The YWCA Tremont Street Project will be a 12-apartment permanent housing complex with a social enterprise component to help women avoid homelessness and escape family violence. It will be the YWCA’s first supportive housing enterprise for single women.

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Services available to the residents and also to area low-income women are 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 building will feature a café/coffee shop. YWCA’s commercial enterprise will also provide residents with on-site workforce training and employment opportunities. The café will feature seasonal-appropriate outside seating

Buy a brick and leave a lasting legacy while helping the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Your engraved, personalized brick(s) will be laid in the courtyard and front patio of the YWCA Tremont Street Project. The number of bricks for the courtyard and front patio is limited, so purchase your brick soon.

This Building Empowerment, Brick by Brick campaign is an opportunity to make the dream of the YWCA Tremont Street Project a reality. Our goal is to raise $30,000 to direct towards furnishings for the apartments. Make history, benefit women, help us complete our vision.

Please contact CEO, Kathleen Granchelli, for more information about sponsorship opportunities at or 716 433 6714 ext. 212.

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