• Why Universal Pre-Kindergarten?

    When your child enters the free Universal Pre-kindergarten program in the Rochester City School District, they become a part of a learning community that nurtures individual growth and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning.


    • Why enroll?

    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.


    • What do I expect?
      • Your child will receive 6 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 Next Generation 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 | View

    Ready to apply? Click here to learn how.