Our Early Childhood Center builds strong kids, strong families, and strong communities through our preschool program and comprehensive child care. Our robust curriculum and flexible schedules are structured to meet your family’s needs, and provide a safe space for your family to grow and play together.

Universal Pre-K

About the Program

The Long Island City YMCA presents NYC’s free Universal Pre-Kindergarten, a quality program five days a week! Children will be in contact with highly qualified, certified teachers and personnel.  Our curriculum places a high priority on creating an environment in the classroom that encourages children to experiment, explore, and pursue their own interests.

Philosophy, Curriculum, and Schedules


2's: 2 or 3 mornings (9 AM - 12 PM)
3's: 5 mornings (9 AM - 1 PM)
4's: 5 full days (9 AM - 2 PM)


UPK is FREE for all residents of NYC. Spots are limited; first come, first reserved!

For more info, please contact Early Childhood Director Mihaela Schwartz at mschwartz@ymcanyc.org.


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