The Youngerman Center Preschool program provides young children with learning experiences
guided by principles of developmentally appropriate practice within a language-rich
environment. The learning experiences foster social, emotional, physical, and academic
success. The Preschool welcomes children with and without communication and/or developmental
impairments. The enriched environment also serves as clinical training for graduate
students completing a Master Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
- The philosophy of the program adheres to the belief that language learning forms the
cornerstone for later social and scholastic success.
- The curriculum infuses language-enriched activities that cover instruction in all
the developmental domains.
- This curriculum is centered on weekly themes that teach developmentally appropriate
skills in kindergarten readiness, language, social skills, literacy, gross motor,
and fine motor.
- Inherent in the program philosophy is the belief that skills are acquired on a continuum
more so then at expected developmental milestones.
- Each child’s skills are evaluated on a continual base, and his/her instruction is
individualized to meet their particular needs.
- This provides the opportunity for children to move faster or slower along the continuum,
depending on his/her unique learning styles and abilities.
- Activities are designed to introduce and promote new skills, while at the same time
modifying them as needed, so the child is successful.
- Aspects of the following curriculum program have been adopted:
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, 4th Edition ©2002
Diane Trister Dodge, Laura J. Colker, & Cate Heroman
Teaching Strategies, INC., Washington, DC
- The classroom staff consists of a graduate speech language pathology students and
- Hands on activities centered on weekly themes track developmentally appropriate skills
in language, gross and fine motor, cognitive, social skills and phonemic awareness
for pre-reading skills.
- To enhance skills such as cognitive growth, gross and fine motor skills, socialization,
expressive and receptive language, pragmatics, and phonemic awareness.
- The class operates from 8:30-11:15am, Monday-Thursdays during the University Academic
- Children enrolled in the Youngerman Center have the option of enrolling for 4, 3 or
2 mornings a week.
- Your child must be between the ages of three and five years for the requested academic
- Your child must turn three years of age by the start of the requested academic school
year to be eligible.
- Children that are eligible for kindergarten are not eligible for YCPP.
- To enroll your child, a non refundable deposit of $25.00 is required within 30 days
of notification to hold their placement for the requested academic school year.
- Julie Williams, Clinic Director (716) 673-3203
- Nicole Piazza, Preschool Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor (716) 673-4676
"The Youngerman Center has been a genuine blessing for our son. He has received personalized
attention from teachers who really got to know him because of the small class size.
They frequently adjust their instruction to his ability to help him reach developmental
milestones. Throughout his two years at Youngerman, we've seen tremendous growth
in him both socially and developmentally. The teachers support and challenge him
in ways that are age-appropriate and fun. Their focus on language and literacy skills
has been especially exciting as we watch him develop an interest in reading and recognizing
words on his own. Most importantly, he loves his time at school. He races into the
classroom every morning, excited to greet his teachers. The people at Youngerman
help give students a positive start to their academic careers by making school such
an enjoyable experience."