Universal Pre-K (UPK)

Universal Pre-K (UPK)

4-5 years

UPK children must be 4 by December 1st and will enter Kindergarten the following year. A developmental learning approach which is combined with opportunities for self-expression along with many language and literacy based activities in classrooms taught by NYS certified teachers.

YMCA Child Care has been chosen by the Binghamton School District to offer the NYS Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. Participation is based upon school district application and requirements. We have additional classrooms for all other school districts who are looking for full or part time care. Classes are held September through June with care before and after the program available.

Pre-Kindergarten curriculum focuses on:

  • Beginning reading skills and concepts
  • Foundation skills for understanding mathematics
  • Writing skills
  • Introduction to science
  • Social studies
  • Dramatic play
  • Creative play
  • Creative art
  • Physical health and movement
  • Social skills enhancement
  • Emotional development