Youth Programs

Elementary After School Programs 

We Serve Youth ages 5-12 in the City of Poughkeepsie School District

Family Services Provides NYS OCFS  licensed after school care on site at Clinton and Krieger Elementary School.

Students of Morse, Smith and Warring Elementary are also eligible to attend our  programs!

After School Application Form

After School Application Form (Spanish)

After School Brochure

Parent Handbook 

Parent Handbook (Spanish)

Application for Reduced Fee


Our Afterschool Programs Offer:

¨Homework Assistance  with College peer mentors and Program projects with a tie-in to the academic day

¨Cultural Exploration including Ethnic celebrations and cultural origin activities

¨Creative Arts including  Self-Expression through media, drama and visual arts

¨Service Learning though Community service projects designed and implemented by youth

¨STEM: Lego Robotics and Science Activities

¨Family Nights

¨ESL Services

¨Parent Activities and In-services including workshops: Internet Safety, Parent/child conflict resolution, middle school transitioning


For more information, please contact:

Jessica Wallach

Youth Services Coordinator

Phone: 845-452-1110 x 3033

Cell: 845-249-3311

Para Espanol puede llamar:

Daisy Lee

Phone: 845-452-1110 x3991

Cell: 845-242-9055 



The Ulster Prevention Council was created to offer both services for capacity-building and funding to purchase Evidence- based practices for Ulster grassroots community groups and schools motivated and prepared to provide prevention services for their youth.


Congratulations to this year's Media Contest Winners! See the below for the winning Poster, PSA, and Video.


Juanita Hotchkiss, Community Prevention Specialist at UPC, introduced UPC Youth Media Contest winners as they received Pride of the Hudson awards from the Ulster County Legislature. All of the winners are from Ellenville High School media class taught by Mr. Tim Lukaszewski. Media messages addressed harm from heroin.

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The Ulster Prevention Council began operations in early spring of 2007 with three central goals:

  1. Identify, codify, coordinate, and support current prevention services offered in Ulster County.
  2. Improve the quality of prevention services by providing Evidence- based practices; extend the reach of prevention services throughout the county by facilitating/grooming grass roots community coalitions to achieve an appropriate level of readiness and professionalize their activities (if they so choose).
  3. Increase our understanding of substance abuse in Ulster County by performing and advocating for community assessment, especially in our school districts.

UPC, has begun this effort by formulating a comprehensive work plan, time line, and logic model.  Current community data from the NYS PRISM Report, NYS Youth Development Survey of 2008 (administered every two years), and meetings with key informants helped to set our agenda for action.  Ulster CSAP is positioned well to work with Ulster communities in their commitment to provide our youth with a nurturing environment that fosters a healthy lifestyle.

Contact Information
Cheryl DePaolo 
Program Director

Ulster Prevention TV


The Children’s Center at the Family Courthouse in Poughkeepsie, NY, provides a safe, fun, and caring place for children whose parents or guardians are attending to court business. We care for children from the ages of 6 weeks to 12 years old. Our program provides board and computer games, arts & crafts projects, reading, snack, and much more. We also provide referrals to services around the area like daycare, WIC, Medicaid, literacy programs, counseling and support programs, and further resources that may be useful to families.

 Children's Center Summer Newsletter 

For More Information, contact the Head Teacher at 845.431.1854


Mondays - Thursdays 9 am-5 pm 
Closed Fridays

Dutchess County Family Court 3rd Floor 50 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) has been a safe haven for adolescents in Poughkeepsie since 1999. Now serving more than 200 teens each year, TRAC offers a free, supervised place for youth to come afterschool at the Family Partnership Center. Here youth engage in basketball or performing arts, eat a nutritious dinner, and relax with friends, all while gaining exposure to positive adult role models. 

TRAC Brochure 

TRAC Registration Form

The two main objectives are:

1) Keep local youth safe during critical afterschool hours: TRAC is a significant resource for at-risk youth, who come from neighborhoods in Poughkeepsie that are gang-ridden and under-resourced. Serving youth ages 13-18, TRAC operates from 3:30 to 8:30 PM, from Monday to Thursday. Since violent juvenile crime is far more likely between the hours of 3:00 to 7:00 PM, TRAC strives to keep youth safe and off of the streets during these hours. Compared to other local afterschool programs, TRAC’s timeframe provides considerably longer hours of supervision, and therefore decreases the likelihood that youth will engage in gangs, substance abuse, and other violent activity.

2) Enable economically disadvantaged youth to become resilient and self-reliant adults. While at TRAC, youth play basketball and dance, gain academic support from volunteer tutors, and participate in healthy living workshops throughout the year. In the summer, TRAC youth partake in the Summer Youth Employment Program, receiving training and paid job placements in the neighborhood. Through it all, Family Services staff and volunteers mentor and coach youth and promote healthy adult-student relationships. Youth need positive adult role models in order to make healthy decisions and become self-reliant adults; research shows that the quality of relationships with parents or, importantly, other community members can influence positive behavioral choices. Many TRAC youth have unstable home lives or other adverse life experiences and their participation in TRAC allows them to form relationships with trusted adults.


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