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    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 or email, 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 2021.

    The Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Deadline is April 30, 2021. After the deadline, students are placed in available seats on a first come, first serve basis.

    If you received a letter in the mail, you may submit this form instead of returning the hard copy. You do not need to do both. If you have already submitted choices but would like to change them, you may submit a new form.

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

    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-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 is 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.
    • Many Community Partners offer extended day, wrap-around care and/or transportation.
    • 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, six hour full-day programs.
    • 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 out the 2021-22 PreKindergarten Interactive Program Guide above to explore options for your child.