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Apply Online Now for Pre-K!
Residents of the City of Rochester with a child who is 3- or 4-years-old by December 1 of the current year can apply for free Pre-K classes starting in September. The application process is fully online and can be accessed from your mobile device or computer. If you need direct assistance, please call 585-262-8140 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are also welcome Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Office of Student Equity and Placement, 131 West Broad Street, Floor 1.
Applications for Pre-K classes starting this September can be submitted beginning in January of each calendar year. We will ask you to make three location choices on your application. View Pre-K offerings by location for the 2023-24 school year.
Pre-Kindergarten Annual Lottery
Each spring, the RCSD Early Childhood Department holds a lottery for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds based on the choices selected on your enrollment 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 their lottery number. Following the lottery, seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If classes are full, your child can be placed on additional waiting lists. The lottery window for the 2023-2024 school year has ended. It's never too late to register. Enroll online now or contact us today for registration support.
Pre-K Applications are continuously rolling. Prior to the lottery, families of all registered students are contacted to review or submit new lottery choices.
What should I expect from a Pre-K class?
- Your child will participate in a free, full-day (6 hours) Pre-K program.
- Many Community Partners offer extended days, wraparound care and/or transportation services.
- For additional information regarding all that our PreK program has to offer your child, click here.
When is Pre-K offered?
- Monday through Friday, a six-hour full-day program.
- 180 days of instruction during the school year.
- Follows the RCSD school calendar with a few exceptions.
Where is Pre-K offered?
Pre-K is offered in several RCSD schools and community-based organizations and is open to those who reside within the city of Rochester. Explore 2023-24 locations >