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 2018 Special Edition Rochester Preschool Newsletter, with descriptions of even more local preschools.
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St. Ambrose Academy (formerly St. John Neumann School)
St. Ambrose Academy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!
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
St. Lawrence School (PreK-5th Grade)Full & Half Day PreK 3 & 4
Call (585) 225-3870 for Tour & Registration Info
At St. Lawrence School our 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.
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.
Pittsford United Nursery School
Pittsford United Nursery School is a play-based preschool for 2-5 year olds. At PUNS, we strive to teach the “whole child” through educational instruction and play-based learning, including enrichment courses that enable children to expand on interests in STEM, literature, art and more. Children are further engaged in hands-on learning through educational centers, dedicated gross motor time, our fenced-in playground and the PUNS Garden. We offer small class sizes, experienced teachers and flexible cooperative options. We also pride ourselves on being an allergy-friendly school. At PUNS, our goal is to prepare each student for lifelong success in their educational journey.
St. Agnes School
Looking for an exceptional Elementary School or Preschool for your child? St. Agnes School in Avon, NY educates the whole child from 3 years old to 6th grade by combining high-quality education and faith-based values while partnering with families and the community. Our small class sizes and individualized attention create a safe environment where children learn respect for others and themselves, value the importance of service, and strive for academic excellence beyond common core. For over 140 years, St. Agnes School has continued to offer education with heart and soul. Learn more by calling (585) 226 – 8500 or at www.stagnesavon.org.