Pre-K & UPK

UPK Program Description

The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program is funded by New York State for RCN Preschool Slide, two boysRochester City School District Residents.

Who is eligible

A child who will be 4 years old on or before December 1st and is a Rochester City School District resident is eligible for free Pre-K.
The program runs Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.

Universal Pre-K aligns with the City School District Calendar.

*Before and after care is available from 6:30 am through 5:30 pm*

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Classroom size and Staff

During program hours, there will be 18 children maximum.

Shyteze reading in bookworm, UPK class
Staff will include a certified early childhood teacher and 1 assistant teacher. In addition, a special education teacher and a speech therapist will rotate in the classroom to provide additional support to children with special needs.

Parent involvement

  • Parent teacher conferences 2 times per year
  • Parenting workshops
  • Special activity days and field trips

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What do children learn in RCN's Pre-School Program?

  • Alphabet recognition
  • Body parts
  • Categorization skills
  • Clean up after self
  • Color recognition
  • Cooking
  • Counting
  • Cutting, pasting, drawing
  • Days of the week
  • Field trips
  • Following directions
  • Language Development
  • Large Muscle Development
  • Learning to make choices
  • Stories
  • Table Manners
  • Listening
  • Making Friends
  • Measuring
  • Months of the year
  • Music
  • Name recognition & writing
  • Opposites
  • Outdoor Play
  • Painting
  • Puzzles
  • Resting & Relaxing
  • Role-playing & pretending
  • Seriation & sequencing
  • Shape Recognition
  • Learning to make choices
  • Taking turns & sharing
  • Water & sand play