Pre-K & UPK

UPK Program Description

The Pre-K 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.
Located at the RCN South Wedge site.

The program runs Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.

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

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Enrichment Program

RCN UPK Two children on climberRCN’s Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) program is a grant-funded program through New York State that is available to City resident children who turn four years old before December 1st. Our program provides 6 hours of quality instruction (through exploration and PLAY) from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Children are provided with a nutritious and homemade breakfast and lunch. This program is only available during these hours; part-time UPK is not available.

While our formal UPK program ends at 2:30 pm, children’s learning continues at RCN. Our enrichment program offers extended learning opportunities with certified teachers and visiting artists in literacy, math, science, music & arts, and social and emotional development, and physical development from 2:30 – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. This enrichment time extends and reinforces children’s learning throughout the day. Our professional teachers create individualized lessons plans based on each child’s needs, closely following children’s IEPs, if applicable, to help them use their strengths and interests to develop in areas of need.

There is an additional fee for this service.

Our UPK program begins at 8:30 am, but as a child care program, we are open from 6:30 am through 5:30 pm. If you need care before UPK begins, please let us know.

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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