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YWCA Child Center provides quality and affordable early childhood experiences and school readiness curriculum for children and their families. Our Childcare programs are licensed by the state of New York and welcome all children.

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Magic Circle School & Universal Pre-K

The Magic Circle School is a New York State-licensed childcare center providing daycare services for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Located in Uptown Kingston, the school is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Our certified teachers promote learning through play and structured activities in a safe, age-appropriate, nurturing environment.

Infant Room

Our Infant Room cares for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 18 months, and focuses on the developing sense of self, social relations, creative representation, movement and sensory-motor development, communication and language development, and exploration of the environment and early logic.


Toddler Room

Our Toddler Room welcomes children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years, and continues to encourage physical and social-emotional development. Emphasis is placed on language development, skill building, listening, negotiating, and conceptual thinking.



Our Preschool Room teaches children ranging from 3 to 4 years. The “Handwriting Without Tears, Get Set for School” curriculum is used for this age group. Visit for more information.

Kindergarten Readiness Program

Our Kindergarten Readiness Program enrolls children who turn 4 years old by December 1st of that school year. The program at the YWCA is a unique one that integrates the Kingston City School District’s Universal Pre-K program.

The “Handwriting Without Tears, Get Set for School” curriculum is used to meet the New York State CORE Standards for Universal Pre-K. This multi-sensory approach teaches the children to recognize numbers, grow their vocabulary, develop body awareness, socialization skills, and much more. Visit for more information.

The Kindergarten Readiness Program is offered year round from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Kingston City School District’s Universal Pre-K school-calendar-year program runs from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in our Kindergarten Readiness Room (after care is available).

If you have any questions please call 338-6844, ext. 110.


Ulster County Family Court Children’s Center

Drop-in child care center in Kingston for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years of age. The center provides a safe, supervised, supportive environment while parents or guardians are engaged in court business. For more  information call 845-340-3524.

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