Reasons why preschool is important!

Reasons why preschool is important: Young children are curious and they learn by playing. Preschool educates children on how they should learn and it provides different opportunities to learn in ways that connect with them, their interests, and building a positive association with learning. At Rochester Childfirst Network, we offer daily play because we know […] Read More

“Keeping Kids Healthy” Campaign

The New York State Department of Health is requiring all students, regardless if they are learning remotely or in person, to have their vaccinations done before November 11. Even with remote learning, pediatricians say immunizations are still needed to protect the community. “We still have the same exposures to these potential infections that can cause […] Read More

Chase’s Story

This is the story of Chase, as written by his parents Melissa Carpenter and Jarrod Stewart Our son Chase is a happy, outgoing four year old. He lives life to the fullest, wearing his Superman cape or playing with our three cats and two dogs. Chase engages people in conversations and loves to tell his […] Read More

RCN’s Pat Graff Appears on the Evan Dawson Show Read More

The Pyramid Model, Part I

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.—John Wooden RCN has embraced the Pyramid Model as its guiding star in educating the children under our care. Over the next several issues of the RCN Newsletter, we’ll examine what the Model is, how it informs our activities and how it will benefit our […] Read More

“Dr. Bob” Returns to RCN

“Dr. Bob” Returns to RCN A familiar face recently returned to Rochester Childfirst Network. Former board member Dr. Robert Lustig volunteers weekly at RCN because “I still love working with kids.” “I got into the field of child psychology working at the old Rochester Youth Detention Center,” he said. “I knew there had to be a […] Read More

Summer Exposure To The Arts Enhances Literacy

She didn’t know it, but this summer was going to be life changing for Tayla Scott.  A visiting Kuumba* teaching artist introduced Tayla to poetry and poetry resonated with her.  The artist noticed this and spent time encouraging Tayla’s interest in poetry.  Tayla began seeking poetry books and reading more.  Her confidence increased so much […] Read More

Rochester Childfirst Network—Leading the Way into 2016!

We in the nonprofit world tend to be inwardly-focused. And that’s a good thing. By constantly referring back to our mission statement, we keep our focus squarely on our kids. But, what about the world outside of RCN? Rochester Childfirst Network is a recognized leader in local, regional and national conversations on early childhood education. […] Read More

Elliot’s Story

The first day of Kindergarten is a scary time for parents. Our son Elliot has Down Syndrome and faced a long journey to be ready for that big day. But thanks to Rochester Childfirst Network, we’re confident he’s ready to take that next big step. Literally taking any steps was a big obstacle for Elliot. […] Read More

#ROCtheDay Raises $4,606! Thank you!

We received $2,106 in donations for #ROCtheDay and our anonymous donor gave us the full $2,500 match, bringing our total to $4,606. It’s because of your donations and spreading the word on Facebook by sharing our posts that we were able to make this happen. Your efforts and generosity mean we’ll be able to purchase […] Read More

Assemblymember Harry Bronson Announces $175K in State Funding for RCN

From the office of Assemblymember Harry Bronson Assemblymember Bronson and Rochester Childfirst Network Executive Director, Dr. Lynn Lubecki announce new campaign to help local children Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester/Chili/Riga/Rush/Wheatland) announced that he will be partnering with Rochester Childfirst Network for the ‘Warm Hearts, Warm Hands” drive to help families struggling to keep their children […] Read More

Kale Chips

Making healthy snack choices is huge in our  school age classrooms. Miss G. and I polled the class on some of their favorite snacks. Not surprisingly, chips were a recurring favorite. “Did you know you can make chips from fruits and vegetables, and they too can be healthy snacks?!” We were met with groans and […] Read More

First Parent Workshop of the new year!

On Wednesday September 30th, RCN held the first Parent Workshop of the new year!  RCN Parent Workshop series was created to support the Positive Behavior strategies we use in our classrooms. The first Workshop was called “Building Positive Relationships with Children.” If you missed this one, you’re still welcome to join us for any of classes below. […] Read More

RCN Implementing Teaching Pyramid

We were very excited to welcome Dr. Rob Corso, Executive Director of The Pyramid Model Consortium, to conduct an online training on Friday, June 26th at RCN and to welcome him to Rochester, NY for a special in person training of the Pyramid Model on August 24th and 25th. This exciting professional development session kicks off […] Read More

Successful Refugee Program Participant Starts her Own Business

RCN FCCSGR Micro-enterprise Success Story
Karim Theous Makaya was born in Congo Brazzaville and arrived in the United States five years ago after spending eleven years in a refugee camp in Gabon. She was a single parent expecting her third child and began working as a translator for Catholic Family Charities to help other refugees. When she heard about the […] Read More

What is Nurturing Communities?

Shaz and Tashuwa at Nurturing Communities
RCN Center City offers Nurturing Communities, a program that works with other community agencies to help break the cycle of poverty.  This program is aimed at mothers of young children who are enrolled in RCN’s Center City early education center and who receive assistance from Monroe County Department of Human Services. Participants are selected because […] Read More

Thank you to Glover-Crask!

We extend a special thank you to our friends at the Glover-Crask Charitable Trust who have supported RCN’s Backyard Adventures Summer Program since 2008. Their generous gift provides educational field trips, STEM and Arts Integration for our school age children this summer. Thank you for partnering with us to create great summer fun and learning […] Read More

RCN Story: Jennie and Rob

We have a kindergartner who graduated from RCN’s UPK program last year.  He has done amazingly well in kindergarten this year and it is clear RCN’s UPK program accomplished the goal of having him be kindergarten ready.  We believe a large part of how prepared he was for kindergarten was because RCN switched to full […] Read More

RCN Story: Alysia

My three children Jahyleen 9, Jahydeen 7 and Jahlyse 5, and I have been part of the RCN family for over 7 years. Like any parent, I wanted to find a safe environment where my children could learn and grow. I found that and so much more at RCN. Everyone is so friendly and the […] Read More

RCN Story: Queenie

Hello my name is Queenie and I would like to share my experience here at RCN.  I have been coming to RCN since I was three. RCN helped me learn, grow, and speak properly. I really enjoyed coming to school to see my friends and working with my wonderful teachers. Whenever I had a problem […] Read More

RCN Honors Wendy Lehmann with Jim Robinson Award

Wendy Lehmann, Board Chair 2013-2015
The Jim Robinson Award is an award given to an individual for their outstanding volunteer service.  This year’s award honors a person who has shown dedication, caring and commitment to Rochester Childfirst Network (RCN) throughout the years.  This person is a leader who is passionate about RCN’s mission and vision.  She embodies all of the […] Read More

A Message from Lynn Lubecki and Wendy Lehmann

Although adults often use New Year’s Eve as a time of reflection, those of us who are lucky to have children in our lives place more significance on June as a milestone on the calendar. The culmination of a school year is cause for celebration and an opportunity for well-earned praise on completing a year-long […] Read More

Inagural From Founders to Future

Our first Founders to Future event, hosted by Elizabeth Murray and Paula Howk, was held on Friday, April 17th at the Jay Marketing & Communication, LLC, (The Studios at Linden Oaks). The evening started off in their classic recording studio where Casey Filiaci, a famous renowned pianist, played while guests enjoyed fresh prepared risotto, hot hors […] Read More

Farm to PreSchool

RCN is partnering with Farm to Preschool – Child Care Council, Inc.​ and McCracken Farms in Brockport​ to offer our families fresh produce and educational programs every Monday this spring and summer. The Children here at RCN will benefit from having fun ways to learn about healthy eating habits and families will get new recipes to help […] Read More

RCN Celebrates Month of the Young Child

RCN Celebrates Month of the Young Child
RCN Celebrates Month of the Young Child with events nearly every day this month! April is a month to raise awareness about the rights and needs of young children and their families. That’s why Rochester Childfirst Network has a full calendar of events all month long to remind our community of how important it is […] Read More