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    Who is eligible?
    • Residents of Rochester City School District
    • Children who are 4 years old, on or before December 1 in the school year for which you are registering
    • Limited programs for children who are 3 on or before December 1 in the school year for which you are registering
    How do I register?
    ** If you are enrolling your 4-year-old child in a community-based organization (not a school) or any child in an ABC Headstart Program, go directly to their location to register. See their website for more information.  **  

    To enroll your 3-year-old preschool child (3 by December 1st) in most programs (except ABC Headstart), or
    to enroll your 4-year-old (4 by December 1st) in a school based program please come to the Office of Student Placement:
    RCSD Central Office
    Office of Student Placement, 1st floor
    131 West Broad Street,
    Rochester, NY 14614
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Telephone: 585-262-8140
    Registration forms are available below, should you choose to complete them prior to visiting our office. Please print them (set printer to one-sided print), fill them out and bring them to RCSD Central Office at 131 West Broad Street.

    View/Print registration forms (English). Please print on one side only.

    Ver/Imprimir formularios de inscripcion (en espanol).
    We also need to see:
    1. The child's birth certificate.
    2. The parent's photo identification.
    3. The parent's proof of address.
    4. Guardianship papers if you are not the parent.
    5. Immunization record (you may register without this, but you will need it as soon as your child starts school).
    6. Health Certificate/Appraisal Form (you may register without this, but you will need it as soon as your child starts school).
    7. Dental Health Certificate (optional).


    What's this about a lottery?

    • We take applications for September starting in January of each year. We ask you to make three choices on your application.
    • In April we hold a lottery for 3-year-olds and any 4-year-olds who have applied for city schools, based on the choices on your application. We will inform you of your child's assigned school 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.
    What should I expect from the preschool 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 (schools 52, 23, 33 and 57).
    • Many community sites 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 it 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 it offered?
    Pre-K is offered in schools as well as in community-based organizations.
    Check the Locations or the Map to explore the choices.  

    For more information about the RCSD's Universal Pre-K programs:

    here to view our Pre-K booklet in English (2018-2019) and here for Spanish version (2017-2018).