Pre-K & UPK

UPK Program Description


The Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK) is funded by New York State for Rochester City School District residents who have children ages 3 and 4. RCN Preschool Slide, two boys

Who is eligible

A child who will turn 3 or 4 on or before December 1st and is a Rochester City School District resident is eligible for free Pre-K.
The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Universal Pre-K aligns with the City School District Calendar.

*Before and aftercare is available from 7:00 am through 5:30 pm*

Families must enroll with Rochester Childfirst Network (RCN) and also apply through Rochester City School District and select Rochester Childfirst Network as their choice of placement. RCN staff can assist families with this process.


Classroom size and Staff

During program hours, there will be 18 children maximum.

Shyteze reading in bookworm, UPK class
Staff will include a certified early childhood teacher and 1 assistant teacher. In addition, a special education teacher and a speech therapist will rotate in the classroom to provide additional support to children with special needs.

Parent involvement

  • Parent teacher conferences 2 times per year
  • Parenting workshops
  • Special activity days and field trips

What do children learn in RCN's Pre-School Program?

  • Alphabet recognition
  • Body parts
  • Categorization skills
  • Clean up after self
  • Color recognition
  • Cooking
  • Counting
  • Cutting, pasting, drawing
  • Days of the week
  • Field trips
  • Following directions
  • Language Development
  • Large Muscle Development
  • Learning to make choices
  • Stories
  • Table Manners
  • Listening
  • Making Friends
  • Measuring
  • Months of the year
  • Music
  • Name recognition & writing
  • Opposites
  • Outdoor Play
  • Painting
  • Puzzles
  • Resting & Relaxing
  • Role-playing & pretending
  • Seriation & sequencing
  • Shape Recognition
  • Learning to make choices
  • Taking turns & sharing
  • Water & sand play