Preschools and Child Care in Greater Rochester, NY
Preschools come in all shapes, sizes, and philosophies. Choose the one that is best for you by browsing through KOA's extensive lists. The following schools have elected to be highlighted on this list. Below that is the huge embedded list of all area preschools who have posted to KidsOutAndAbout. (If you work for a preschool that has not yet listed with us, click here for instructions. It's free to be listed in the scrolling box below.)
View our 2017 Special Edition Rochester Preschool Newsletter, with descriptions of even more local preschools.
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St. John Neumann School
St. John Neumann Catholic School is a private, Catholic, coed, elementary school providing academic excellence for students in Preschool through grade 5. We offer Preschool programs for 3 and 4 year olds with the option of full day wraparound extended care. Our caring teachers provide experiences which enrich all aspects of a child's life: spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and intellectual. In addition to the preschool curriculum, students also receive specialized instruction in physical education and music. We invite you to contact our office to arrange for your personal tour. 585-288-0580
Allendale Columbia School
At Allendale Columbia School (nursery – grade 12), our philosophy is to respond to individual developmental needs with project-based learning and child-centered teaching. Our experienced faculty members know every child and as a result, they can provide relevant learning experiences within a responsive community. Our Pre-Primary School and faculty benefit from the resources and collegial relationships in our nursery through grade 12 setting. Additionally, “specials” classes begin in nursery with library, music, computer, art, and physical education, so students build relationships with a variety of specialist teachers. Visit AllendaleColumbia.org for more information or contact Shannon Baudo to schedule a personal tour at email@example.com or 585.641.5344
The Harley SchoolJoy in Learning--starting at age 3!
Education begins at birth. At Harley, children flourish as they experience critical growth and development. Our program is focused on school readiness and creating a positive foundation for learning. Language-rich classrooms foster collaborative problem solving to help students become capable, confident, and eager learners. Learn more about The Harley School'sNursery/Preschool program program for children ages 3 and 4. Tuition begins at $12,000. Through its Acorn Grant Program, Harley provides up to $5,000 to recognize parent investment and student potential. Financial aid is also available to families who qualify. Call 442-1770 or email Ivone Foisy at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or schedule a personal tour. www.harleyschool.org
Rochester Childfirst Network
RCN (Accredited Preschool) has a vision that every child grows up safe and strong able to achieve his or her full potential. With experienced teachers and a cutting-edge curriculum, RCN nurtures and educates children through play. RCN’s inclusive and integrated programs include Infant,Toddler and Preschool programs (6 weeks – 4yrs.) including UPK, Special Education program from (Birth to age 5); a School-Age Wrap-Around program (Grades K-6); a Summer Camp (Grades K-6); Family Child Care program that offers training and special services to more than 200 home based child care providers with workshops on child development, health and safety along with NYS Licensing assistance and CACFP (food program) registration. Visit http://www.rcn4kids.org/ for more information or call us at (585) 473-2858 for a personal tour.
Woodbury School at The Strong offers both a preschool program for three- and four-year-old children, as well as an early kindergarten program for four- and five-year-old children. Both programs are Reggio Emilia-inspired and are therefore responsive to the interests of students. At Woodbury School, children learn and develop through playful activities set among the museum's imaginative, hands-on exhibits. Guided by teachers who facilitate their explorations, children delve deeply into topics that fascinate them. Small- and large-group activities involve art, music, cooperative games, movement, pre-reading, math, and other age-appropriate experiences. Applications for enrollment are taken on an ongoing basis. Enroll your child today!
The Goddard SchoolThe Goddard School - A Fun Learning Experience!
Our educational and fun program is designed to provide the best childhood preparation for social and academic success by enhancing the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of children from six weeks to six years of age.
The Goddard School, conveniently located in Bushnell’s Basin, is open Monday through Friday, from 7 AM to 6 PM year-round. We offer a variety of scheduling options for infants and toddlers; full- and half-day preschool; and, full-day and wrap-around kindergarten enrichment for parents who want the proven advantages of high quality early childhood care and education for their children.
Call 585.381.0161 TODAY to schedule your personal tour!
Irondequoit Cooperative Nursery School
Irondequoit Cooperative Nursery School(ICNS) is a collection of families drawn together with the common interest of taking an active role in their children's education. Our cooperative structure means that the school is governed by parents and employs a highly qualified, certified teacher who directs the educational program. Working together, we strive to build an environment in which children can learn through play and begin to make the transition from home to full-time school. Our small class size ensures quality attention and education for each child. It is ICNS’s mission to create an environment which encourages healthy and balanced growth of nursery school children and families.We have classes available for children 2, 3, and 4 years of age along with parent child activity days. You may call to schedule a visit or see us at our Winter and Spring Open Houses! Please visit our website at icnspreschool.org or call 585-775-8146 for more information.
Winton Road Nursery School
A Rochester educational tradition for over 50 years,Winton Road Nursery School is a semi-cooperative, non-profit preschool where children engage in hands-on activities, while their creativity, curiosity, and natural inclination for learning are encouraged to grow. With a wide range of diverse morning and afternoon programs for children ages two through five, Winton Road Nursery School’s semi-cooperative model allows parents to contribute their time and talent to help create a dynamic school environment for all students.
YMCA of Greater Rochester
YMCA Partial day preschool programs are offered for children ages 2-5. Flexible options allow you to choose the program that best fits your child's age and level of development. Early childhood education at the YMCA focuses on holistically nurturing development by providing a stimulating environment where youth take part in “active participatory learning.” Our preschool programs utilize the HighScope curriculum to help children excel in language and cognitive learning. The curriculum also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving. Children learn through play how to hone foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships, and build self-reliance. In each classroom, a developmental learning approach is combined with fun, values-based activities focused on preparing children for Kindergarten. Preschool programs run September through June and follow the school district calendar. Registration for 2015-16 is now open. Visit rochesterymca.org/preschool for a list of open house dates and more information.
Greece Montessori School·
Empower your toddlers and children for life with the right beginning! Our toddler, preschool and wrap around programs are designed to promote strong sensory, perception, motor, and social skills that will help your young child get off to a fast start and keep pace with the rest of their peers The Montessori school is a "planned environment" where everything is proportioned to the child's size, is readily accessible, is movable to permit flexible arrangement, and is attractive. The children have the freedom to choose and work with the materials or activities they can successfully complete. Please visit our website to learn more about our school, and for information on how to enroll your child. Call us today at (585) 227-4830!
Liberty Post Stars Preschool
Liberty POST’s STARS integrated preschool program is designed to enable all children to take full advantage of their educational and growth potential. Our STARS early childhood curriculum is aligned with research-based best practices, including NYS Early Learning Guidelines, to meet the social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, cultural and physical needs of children and complement the Common Core Standards. The STARS approach is responsive to the individual needs of children with and without special needs.
STARS Preschool classes are offered from 9:00 – 11:30 AM and 1:00 - 3:30 PM, with very low student to teacher ratios, in three convenient locations:
150 Lettington Avenue, Rochester
119 Brockley Road, Irondequoit
1456 Ridge Road, Webster
Childtime Learning Centers
Childtime is a leader in early childhood education, with more than 200 schools throughout the United States. Headquartered in Novi, Mich., it is part of the Learning Care Group portfolio of schools offering early education and care to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Childtime’s educational philosophy is based on the Reggio Emilia approach, which focuses on three components of a quality early childhood education experience: developmentally appropriate practices, a home-like learning environment and quality teacher-child interactions. Its proprietary School Readiness Pathway supports the development of the academic and social skills needed for a smooth transition to elementary school. For more information, please call (844) 213-3964 or visit www.childtime.com
The Polka Dot Place
The Polka Dot Place offers a very wholesome and organic approach to educating a child's body, mind and creative spirit. We like to think of ourselves as a Childlife Preserve. The Polka Dot Place offers infant care, toddler care, pre-school options, after care for school age children, homeschooling services for kindergarten age students and an integrated 3K - 5K classroom with a creative and flexible curriculum that can meet the needs of any age or developmental level. Our inspired curriculum is designed to prepare your pre-school aged child to become a life-long learner and also a life-long educator, as we all share the responsibility of being teachers and sharers of knowledge. Because of our small and nurturing environment we are able to cater to each child's individual learning needs, providing the perfect bridge from toddler-dom to kindergarten. (options available M-F 7:00 am - 6:00 pm).
St. Lawrence SchoolFull & Half Day PreK 3 & 4
Call (585) 225-3870 for Tour & Registration Info
At St. Lawrence School, our 3-year-old preschool through 5th grade students achieve academic excellence and spiritual growth through a small caring community environment with a comprehensive and rigorous educational program, including student centered technology, art, and music, as well as after school care programs. Financial aid is available. Please call to set up a time to visit our school and sit in on one of our classes. We would love for you and your child to be a part of our school community! Visit www.stlawrenceschool.org.
Hope Christian PreschoolEnjoy a private Christian preschool experience. Quality education, low rates. Classes for ages 2 through Pre K.
Hope Christian Preschool is a Christ-centered school which focuses on the whole child by creating a stimulating, engaging learning environment, promoting self-confidence and a gentle approach to academics. All ages receive daily Bible talks, age appropriate academics, arts/sciences, music and gym time. Experienced teachers get to know their children as individuals and encourage a love for learning, creating a solid foundation for the eventual entry into Kindergarten. Indoor gym and outdoor fenced playground. For any questions or to schedule a tour, contact Kellie Hudson at 723-4673 x 141 or at email@example.com.
New Day Christian Preschool
New Day Christian Preschool’s small class size and experienced teachers bring individualized attention to your three- or four-year-old. Our beautiful outdoor playground, large indoor gym, and a constantly changing supply of books and toys provide opportunities for play and learning. The carefully planned program includes large and small group time and self-directed activities. Math, science, language development, and reading readiness are presented in ways that engage preschoolers. Arts and crafts, music, and dramatic play foster creativity. Conveniently located in Greece between Unity Hospital and the Mall, New Day Christian Preschool is a ministry of Park Ridge Free Methodist Church. For more information, call 585-720-0733 or visit us online at parkridgefmc.org/preschool.
Perinton Nursery School
Perinton Nursery School is a cooperative school that encourages teachers and families to work together to create strong, mutual goals for home and school. Children are encouraged to develop at their own rate - physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. We offer enriching morning programs for 3's and 4's and an exciting 5 day/week afternoon program called KinderPrep. KinderPrep includes more in-depth instruction in science, math, early literacy skills, health & fitness, and learning about different cultures. KinderPrep meets from 12:30-3 pm and is a "minimal" co-op class.
Our facility boasts three spacious, interconnected rooms with large windows that create a bright, open atmosphere. Our fenced outdoor playground features slides, climbing equipment and a sandbox and our separate indoor "big room" provides a spacious area for large motor play.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us with any questions (585) 223-9549
JCC Wolk Children's Center
The greatest gift you can give your child is the gift of an exemplary early education along with high quality care. You can have all this and more at the JCC Wolk Children’s Center. Call 461-2000 today to schedule a tour.