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    Who is eligible for Pre-K programs in the City of Rochester?
      • Residents of the City of Rochester
      • Children who are 3 or 4 years old, on or before December 1, in the school year for which you are registering

    In addition, registrants will need your:
      • Child's birth certificate
      • Parent or guardian photo identification
      • Parent or guardian proof of address within the City of Rochester
      • Guardianship papers, if applicable
      • Immunization record (you may register without this, but is required prior to your child starting school)
      • Health Certificate/Appraisal Form (you may register without this, but is required prior to your child starting school)
      • Dental Health Certificate (optional)

    Pre-K Registration Services

    Families of students registering for Pre-K for next school year can download our Registration packet below and submit the form by email. Our staff is ready to assist you with the registration process by phone, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All registrations for all schools and community agencies, with the exception of ABC Headstart progams, are handled by a Pre-K specialist through this process. 

    If you live in the City of Rochester and have a child that turns 3 or 4 by December 1, you can register now for Pre-K classes beginning September 2020.

    The Pre-K Choice Lottery has been extended until April 30.

    Pre-K Registration Hotline
    585-262-8140 | PreK@rcsdk12.org

     

    Pre-Kindergarten Annual Lottery

    Each spring, the RCSD Early Childhood Department and Office of Student Placement hold 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 May. 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 up to three waiting lists. This year's lottery deadline has been extended until April 30.

    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 may spend 6 hours at a Pre-K program. There are also a limited number of 4-year-old UPK half-day 2.5 hour placements in either morning or afternoon sessions. Please consult the current Universal Pre-Kindergarten Guide for details.  
    • Many Community Partners offer extended day, wrap-around care and/or transportation.
    • Check out the following links for more information:
    • Curriculum is aligned to NYS PreKindergarten Foundation for the Common Core 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, morning or afternoon session or the six hour full-day program.
    • 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.
    Check the Locations or the Map to explore the choices.