Children’s Centers in the Courts


Yulanda McVay
Director, Children’s Centers in the Courts
(716) 845-7211

The Children’s Centers are designed to help people with official Court business, the same day. The staff are early childhood professionals trained in early childhood education.  They emphasize security, comfort and peace of mind for parents and their children.  Many activities are provided while your child attends our program.

Located at Erie County Family Court and Buffalo City Court, the Children’s Center provides a safe, nurturing, literacy-rich environment for children in the court house.  The Center facilitates connections between families and needed community services.

Hours of operations for the Children’s Centers follow the court calendar, and are open year round.  We service children 0-12 years of ages, and children can stay for any length of time under 3 hours (successive).

For further information please call Jennifer Skelton-Hawkins at 716.845.7211 or email us at:


The YWCA of WNY also welcomes a range of in-kind donations via to support the Children’s Centers in the Courts.

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