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    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
    How do I register?
    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 visit the Office of Student Placement and Equity:
    RCSD Central Office
    Office of Student Placement and Equity, 1st floor
    131 West Broad Street, Rochester, NY 14614
    Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Telephone: 585-262-8140
    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.  
    Registration Forms 
    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.
    In addition, registrant will need:
    • 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.

    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. There are also a limited number of 4-year-old UPK half-day 2.5 hour placements in either morning or afternoon sessions. Please consult the current Universal Pre-Kindergarten Guide for details.  
    • Many Community Partners offer extended day, wrap-around care and/or transportation.
    • Chek 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 Pre-K 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 Pre-K offered?
    Pre-K is offered in schools as well as in community-based organizations.
    Check the Locations or the Map to explore the choices.