Why Universal PreKindergarten?
When your child enters the free Universal Prekindergarten program in the Rochester City School District, he or she becomes part of a learning community that nurtures individual growth and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
Pre-K offers an educational program taught by a NYS certified teacher to prepare your child for learning in school. Children who participate in quality early childhood programs:
- Learn socialization skills through group activities;
- Experience reading and writing readiness activities;
- Are better prepared for school success;
- Are more likely to attain higher levels of education.
Click here to view comparison charts illustrating the quality of Rochester's Pre-K programs and the developmental growth of our Pre-K students.
Click here to view posters giving facts about the Rochester Pre-K programs and the child assessment used.
Click here to view the 15th Annual Rochester Early Childhood Assessment Partnership (RECAP) Report.
What to expect:
Your child will receive a minimum of 2 1/2 hours of an intentionally planned Pre-K program.
All of Rochester's Prekindergarten classrooms use the HighScope Curriculum. Click here for more information about the HighScope Curriculum.
The curriculum is aligned to NYS Learning Standards and ensures continuity with elementary grades.
Activities are learner-centered and promote a child's growth and development.
There are NYS certified teachers in all school and community UPK classrooms.
New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards
- Click here for NYS Standards