Pre-K Registration Services

  • To register for Pre-K or CPSE, please download our registration packet below and submit the forms by email. Our staff is ready to assist you with the registration process by phone or email, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

    Your child is eligible for RCSD Pre-K if:

    • Your family resides in the City of Rochester.


    • Your child turns 3 or 4 by December 1 of the school year for which you are registering.

    All RCSD Pre-K programs, located in our schools and community agencies, are processed by the Pre-K Placement Team. If you are interested in Head Start programs, please contact the agency directly. 

    The Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Deadline is April 16 at Midnight. Applications received by the deadline have the best chance for placement in preferred programs. After the deadline, remaining seats are given first-come, first-serve.

    It’s never too late to register!

    Pre-K Registration Hotline
    585-262-8140 |

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    Lottery Deadline: April 16th at Midnight

    Pre-K Registration Hotline
    585-262-8140 |

    Apply for PreK

    If you need assistance with the application process, please e-mail, call 585-262-8140, or visit us at 131 W Broad St, 14614.

    Pre-Kindergarten Annual Lottery
    Each spring, the RCSD Early Childhood Department holds a lottery for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds who have applied for program seats, based on the choices on your application. We will inform you of your child's assigned program in June. If you do not get your first choice of school, your child will be placed on a waiting list according to the lottery number. Following the lottery, seats are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. If classes are filled, your child can be put on additional waiting lists. The deadline for the 23-24 School Year is April 16th at midnight. Please contact us today for registration support.

    If your child is already registered with RCSD, please fill out the Lottery Application form to select or update lottery choices

    Lottery Application

    Applications for Pre-K classes starting the following September can be submitted starting in January of each calendar year.  We ask you to make three choices on your application. 

    What should I expect from a Pre-K class?

    • Your child will spend 6 hours in a Pre-K program.
    • Many Community Partners offer extended day, wrap-around care and/or transportation.
    • Curriculum is aligned to NYS Pre-Kindergarten Next Generation 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 both school and community sites.

    When is Pre-K offered?

    • Monday through Friday, six hour full-day programs.
    • 180 days during the school year
    • Follows the RCSD school calendar with a few exceptions

    Where is Pre-K offered?

    Pre-K is offered in schools as well as in community-based organizations.

    Explore available locations here.

    Our Vision
    Prekindergarten programs empower young children to successfully contribute to their families, school, community and environment.

    Our Mission
    Prekindergarten Programs provide opportunities for young children to participate in challenging, stimulating programs, designed to support their language, cognitive and social development while being sensitive to their strengths and needs.