Programs and Community
Language Program of the UECC
FREE ESL English as a Second Language Classes
Would you like to learn English or do you have relatives or friends from Ukraine (or neighboring countries) who would like to learn English and be able to communicate better or get a better job? Sign up today for classes.
Where: Classroom # 121
Level I Monday evenings Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Svitlychka Ukrainian Cooperative Nursery offers education and care for children ages two and a half to five. Since 1964, Svitlychka has provided a vital Ukrainian education for many generations of Diaspora preschoolers. Thanks to the dedication of its devoted parents, volunteers and teachers, Svitlychka has developed into a top-notch academic program that allows for the creation and nurturing of lifelong friendships.
The program effectively focuses on age-appropriate material including colors, shapes, letters and numbers, the seasons, and occupations. A playground and exercise program ensures plenty of physical activity. The children enjoy fully home-cooked lunches prepared daily by Svitlychka staff, and those who attend for a full day have the opportunity to nap and re-energize on individual small beds. Svitlychka’s highly qualified teachers work closely with the local community to provide excellent academic, cultural and social opportunities for the children.
On a weekly basis, the Sisters of Saint Basil at Manor College visit the nursery school to teach the children religion. Also, several Ukrainian senior citizens’ luncheons have provided opportunities for the children’s poetry recitals and visiting artists provided lessons in the art of pysanky, music, painting and dance.
Weekdays: Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:15 am to 1:15 pm (excluding holidays)
In the weekday program, the child must be at least 1 1/2 years of age by October 31st. Svitlychka's enrollment for the school semester ends for those children who turn 5 years of age on September 1st unless they do not meet the requirements for Kindergarten. If a child does not meet the requirements for Kindergarten, he/she will be able to enroll in the next school year.
Children are divided into three groups (Zhabky - Froggies, Zajchyky - Bunnies, Vedmedyky - Bear Cubs). Zhabky make up the youngest children who are 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years old, Zajchyky 2 1/2 to 4 years old, and Vedmedyky consist of the children who are 4 years of age and older by October 31st.
In the Saturday program, the children are divided into two groups (Dzvinochky - Little Bells and Sonyashnyky - Sunflowers). Dzvinochky are made up of children who are 3 years of age by October 31st and Sonyashnyky consist of children who are 4 years of age by October 31st.
In both programs, each child must be fully potty trained and be able to take care of personal needs in the bathroom (excludes Zhabky - Froggies).
In both programs, all enrollment and medical forms must be submitted to the administrative office no later than 1 month of commencement of enrollment.
Ukrainian Heritage School
The main objective of the Ukrainian Heritage School has been and is the education of its students in Ukrainian language and culture in order that they may retain their Ukrainian heritage and to prepare each person with the living, learning and working skills and values necessary for caring, productive, and fulfilling participation in our evolving international community. The school has been able to instill in these students a strong sense of their identity as Americans of Ukrainian descent, and an understanding of their responsibility to carry forward the Ukrainian tradition.
This mission has become even more relevant with the 1991 independence of Ukraine. As of the last few years, the school has received an influx of new students from Ukraine who desire to retain their cultural heritage as they assimilate into American culture. Students who are second or third generation Ukrainian-Americans now have more opportunity to use the knowledge gained in the Ukrainian Heritage School on their visits to Ukraine, and in colleges and universities as they pursue higher levels of education.
Please visit the Ukrainian Heritage School website at www.ukrainianheritageschool.org.
The Ukrainian Library in the UECC is a specialized collection of books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials on Ukraine and Ukrainian subjects. The collection consists of items in the Ukrainian language, as well as publications about Ukraine in other languages, principally in English. The collection has over 20,300 books (including 1,900 children's books) and is fully cataloged and retrievable by author, title or subject. The Ukrainian Library is a lending library and has a reading area for current newspapers and periodicals, a section for children's and Ukrainian Scouting (Plast) literature, a copier and computers. The Library currently has over 450 members. Students and teachers from the Ukrainian Heritage School have free use of the library. Other members pay an annual due of $10 for adults or $5 for senior citizens.
Dedicated volunteers under the direction of the librarian, Iryna Kurylec, perform all library work. The Library has helped organize films for the Ukrainian Heritage School and Svitlychka – the Ukrainian Co-Op Nursery School, as well as teaches the students the methods of using the catalogs and how to locate needed materials in the Library.
Hours of Ukrainian Library Operation from September to May:
Monday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hours of Ukrainian Library Operation in June - July:
Tuesday: 11 am - 3 pm
Library will be closed in August.
The Ukrainian American Senior Citizen Association is one of the most valued programs of the UECC. The association helps to organize cultural life with a monthly scheduled gathering and with a speaker or other program. The Association strives to make life better for the elderly in Philadelphia and to encourage independence by offering a community support system in matters of concern to the aging population.
The Association’s members who are sick, those living in nursing homes and homebound elderly, as well as those who because of age or frailty are unable to take part in community activities are given care and attention by the Association’s “Social Services for Members Committee”.
The Ukrainian American Senior Citizen Association meets on the 3rdWednesday of every month at 11:00 am with guest speakers. Members can get free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Wednesday of each month and take part in the free exercise program each Tuesday morning.
The Association has a total of 200 members. Dues are $5 per year and anyone over 52 years of age is encouraged to join for personal growth, well being and for the good of the Ukrainian Philadelphia community.