Childcare, Universal Pre-K, Pre-School Special Education and Services, School Age Care, and Summer Camps for children ages 6 week to 12 years.
Looking for a career that will impact children's lives in positve ways? You found the right place!
Rochester Childfirst Network
Rochester Childfirst Network (RCN) is a unique indoor and outdoor environment where children thrive in an inclusive, fun-loving, and curiosity-inspiring environment built on academic and social-emotional growth. RCN is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to advancing the quality of early education and care in Western New York, through leadership, advocacy, and innovative direct services to children.
40 + Certified Teachers, Therapists and Staff
18 Children Max / Class
4 Acre Campus
6 weeks-3 Years
The infant program focuses on creating individual schedules for each child, helping them to feel secure in a new environment. Feeling safe and attached is key to any child’s growth.
The Pre-Kindergarten Program is funded by New York State for Rochester City School District residents who have children ages 3 and 4.
RCN is a recognized leader in inclusive preschool special education, thanks to our nurturing, comprehensive program, provided in an integrated setting.
RCN’s Wrap-Around (before and after school care) program offers enrichment activities, including weekly thematic units, clubs, science, reading and writing activities, and group games.
Family Child Care Providers
The Family Child Care staff here at RCN supports in-home-based Child Care providers who serve children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Licensed and registered homes affiliated with us are regulated by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). RCN is a sponsor of CACFP and it is offered to all eligible in-home child care providers.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults.
Con una buena nutrición y fundación, nuestros bebés alcanzarán las estrellas. Aquí se aprende a “volar”!
Working with children can be challenging, but our shared desire to help them is what holds us together.
RCN has been my home for 18 years, and I want to be here for another 18!
RCN’s South Wedge location is situated on just over 4 acres of scenic land in the South Wedge neighborhood of the City of Rochester. Our secure 24,000 sq. ft. facility boasts newly renovated outdoor play areas, a courtyard sensory garden, and 10 classrooms.
What Parents Say
Since being at RCN, I’ve changed in the ways I react and respond to things my child says and does. I’m still a work in progress, but life is much better than it was before RCN!
My husband and I were searching for a childcare center that would teach our son to be kind to others, offer to be helpful, have listening ears. Because of RCN, you have taught us as parents to instill in our son amazing skills and everyday traits that will take him through his educational development.
Thank you, RCN, for teaching our son to be a wonderful young boy and a bright, smart SHINING star!
I love how RCN is so inclusive and willing to work with the entire family…our daughter will succeed in Kindergarten with the extra support and tools instilled by RCN. Thank you!