Why should I consider Pre-Kindergarten for my child?

    When your child enters the free Pre-kindergarten programming offered by the Rochester City School District, they become a part of a learning community that nurtures individual growth and provides a strong Academic and Social-Emotional foundation for lifelong learning.


    Why should I enroll my child in an RCSD Pre-K program?

    RCSD PreK offers a wide variety of convenient, high-quality program options to choose from for your child's PreK experience. Many of our RCSD school sites have PreK classrooms, and we partner with several community-based centers, as well. PreK is an educational program taught by a NYS certified or credentialed teacher that will lay the foundation of success for your child's future. Children who participate in quality early childhood programs typically...

      • 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 should I expect?

    PreK programming offers a robust and enriching educational experience for children that includes the following components...

      • Your child will receive 6 hours of an intentionally planned PreK program.

      • All of Rochester's PreK classrooms utilize the HighScope Curriculum. Click here for more information about our current PreK curriculum.

      • The curriculum is aligned to NYS Next Generation Learning Standards and ensures continuity with elementary grades.

      • Activities are learner-centered and promote each child's individual growth and development.

      • All of our PreK classrooms are staffed with a NYS Certified teacher.


    New York State Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards | View


    Ready to apply? Click here to learn how.