Our Programs

Rochester Childfirst Network is...

  • Accountable

    RCN believes that children come first – and has since its opening in 1857. Just peek into any classroom, and you’ll see learning at play, thanks to the gentle guidance of inspired, caring, experienced teachers!

  • Professional

    As a recognized leader in childhood education, RCN provides a network of valued services for area early care and education professionals and educators.

  • Inclusive

    As diverse as the universe, RCN has a great mix of kids for all cultures, all background, all abilities–A true reflection of our neighborhood and community.

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  • Nurturing

    Our teachers and staff are amazing! Our teachers provide a safe nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.

  • Compassionate

    Our campus is child-friendly. Inside you’ll see art, not walls. Outside you’ll find great places for young imaginations to romp and run on 4+ park-like acres. Our outdoor spaces are in design with Environmental Design & Research!

  • More specifically…

    Our teachers provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.

You Will Find

  • Frequent, positive, warm interactions between adults and children
  • Planned learning activities appropriate to a child’s age and development, such as block building, painting, reading stories, dress-up, and active outdoor play
  • Specially trained teachers who facilitate intrinsic learning through play
  • Positive guidance from teachers assisting social problem solving between peers
  • Enough adults to respond to individual children
  • Many varied age-appropriate materials that allow for open ended experimentation
  • A healthy and safe environment for children that is set up for exploration
  • Nutritious meals and/or snacks approved by the federal CACFP program
  • Regular communication with parents who are welcome visitors at all times
  • Effective administration who are open to your input
  • Ongoing, systematic observation and evaluation
  • Developmentally appropriate activities that promote confidence and self-esteem