Special Education

RCN is a recognized leader in inclusive preschool special education, thanks to our nurturing, comprehensive program, provided in an integrated setting.  Our history of providing developmentally appropriate practices in a natural child centered environment serves as the foundation for each child’s success. We explicitly teach social emotional skills and use HighScope curriculum. Community-based services are also available for preschool special education, speech, physical and occupational therapy.

Integrated Preschool Classes

Our integrated classrooms provide a social, play-based setting for children of all abilities to join together in both structured and unstructured learning activities. Our experienced early-childhood and special education staff create a predictable routine for children, incorporating activities that foster social-emotional, adaptive, motor and pre-academic skills. Therapists participate in the classroom to provide treatment in the areas of fine motor, gross motor, sensory and speech and language skills. Individual and group therapy sessions are also provided in dedicated therapy rooms when “pull-out” services are determined to be the most effective.

Related Services

Occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language, and special education itinerant services are available to be provided in children’s homes and childcare settings. Our experienced staff members work closely with parents and other team members to ensure that each child reaches his/her full potential.

*During COVID-19 we are also providing teletherapy. 


We provide preschool Multi-Disciplinary and Supplemental evaluations in speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and music. Preschool evaluations are provided at our child-centered facility at 941 South Avenue allowing for observation within a natural learning environment.


Individualized programming is available for children on the Autism Spectrum using developmental and relationship based approaches to interaction and progress monitoring tools based on SCERTS concepts of Barry Prizant. The classroom team assesses each child’s development in key developmental areas and creates an individual program that builds on his or her unique strengths.

Integrated Teams

The RCN model incorporates 157 years of experience providing high quality early childhood education to the children of Greater Rochester. Our general education staff members bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to our programs. The special education teachers, therapists, and other professionals join them in providing a warm, nurturing and effective place for all children to grow.

Referral Sources

For referral information for children birth through three years, contact Monroe County at 585-753-5437.

For children ages three through five, contact your local school district for a referral to RCN’s special education services.