UPK Free Full Day Program

  • 2023-2024 School Year

    Application opens March 1, 2023 at 9am

    Application closes March 31, 2023 at 4pm

    Once the registration period closes, all initial applications will be reviewed. Upon review, a decision will be made to determine the acceptance of students. A lottery may be necessary to determine participation in the program based on the number of spots available. 

    2022-2023 School Year: Limited spots remain 

    Please contact Katie Meister for registration information at Kmeister@ymcabn.org 


    In partnership with the YMCA, we are thrilled to be able to offer a FREE full day UPK program within the Lewiston Porter School District. Program hours are 8:50am-3:20pm.

    The program is taught by UPK teachers who currently hold NYS Certification in Early Childhood Education. The Program is registered through the Office of Children and Family Services.

    The UPK program follows the Lewiston Porter District Calendar for snow days, holidays, recesses etc.

    Applicants are expected to be toilet trained and independent in the restroom unless documentation of a medical condition is provided.

    Benefits of the program:

    -Integrated Lew Port school experience.

    -Access to school specials like physical education and library.

    -Ability to ride the bus to and from school, once a child is 4 years old.

    -Second Step curriculum implementation supports transition to school and social emotional learning.

    -Ability to meet Lew Port school staff and specialty teachers to ease transition into kindergarten.

    -Lunch is available at free or reduced cost through the cafeteria.

    Program Curriculum: We follow the OWL Curriculum (Opening the World of Learning). Students also partake in the Second Step curriculum supporting social emotional learning.

    We build early literacy and numeracy through the following activities:

    -Dramatic Play

    -Thematic Art

    -Gross Motor Play

    -Building with Blocks

    -Music Appreciation

    -Manipulative Toys

    -Connections to weekly topics

    -Enrichment of motor skills

    Assessment: The teachers evaluate the children using Brigance assessment tools and this will be reported to the parents at conference time.

    Additional Care Options:

    Before school program opens at 7am. After school program runs until 6pm. You can pick one or both program offerings depending on the care needs for your family. 

    The before/after care room is in the Pre-K wing of Lew-Port school. Children will be walked to class by YMCA staff if they participate in before school care. Children will be picked up from their classroom by YMCA staff for after school care.