Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK)

The YMCA’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program serves 4—5-year-old children in warm, nurturing, supportive classes staffed by experienced, dedicated New York State-certified early childhood education teachers and aides.

Universal Pre-K is approved by the New York State Department of Education in collaboration with the Elmsford, Somers & White Plains City School Districts, licensed by the New York State Office of Children & Family Services, and staffed by New York State-certified early childhood education teachers.

UPK works in partnership with parents and recognizes them as the primary teachers of their children. Parents are encouraged to become part of their child’s educational experience by participating in classrooms, group meetings, and teacher conferences.

UPK is sensitive to each family’s lifestyle, values, and cultural preferences. Each child is viewed as unique and is guided to reach his/her potential. Class size and a high adult/child ratio support individuality. Children are encouraged to problem-solve, experiment with developmentally appropriate materials, and establish social relations through self-directed activities and special projects.

Universal Pre-K Educational Goals:

§  To provide a developmentally appropriate, child-centered, comprehensive, individualized, and family-focused early childhood education program

§  To prepare children for kindergarten, excited about learning and ready to succeed

§  To adhere to the New York State Department of Education’s Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards.

§  To have children enjoy learning through play, both individually and in small groups with peers

§  To enhance the talents, abilities, and strengths of every child

§  To efficiently integrate with the White Plains City School District

White Plains


To learn more call or email:

Margarita Pineiro, Director of Early Learning Childcare
mpineiro@ymca-cnw.org (914)949-8030 ext. 204

Extended day hours are available, contact our Registrar for more information.