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

“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

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

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

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