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 2021 Special Edition Rochester Preschool Newsletter, with descriptions of even more local preschools.
If there is a preschool that we have missed, please email us to let us know, and we'll add it promptly. Thank you!
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's Nursery/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!
YMCA of Greater Rochester Child Care
The YMCA of Greater Rochester offers a variety of child care options. New this year is Y School of ROC. Kids ages 5-12 years old continue their education at the Y with support for virtual learning days. Y School of ROC is offered in addition to traditional Before and After School Programs.
The Y also offers Pre-Kindergarten 3 and 4 which is a FREE preschool program for any child in the Rochester City School District ages 3 and 4.
For children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old the Y has five Full Day Child Care Centers that provide safe, supportive environments where children can learn through play and engagement.
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!
St. Lawrence School (PreK-5th Grade)Full & Half Day PreK 3 & 4
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 and tour our school building. Preschool Information Night is Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM and Kindergarten Information Night is Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM. Both sessions will be held at St. Lawrence School, however, if changes in local restrictions prevent us from having in-person events, these sessions will be done online. Please contact our school office at (585) 225-3870 to let us know if you will be attending an information night. We would love for you and your child to be a part of our school community!
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.
Rochester Museum & Science Center Preschool
RMSC Preschool is proud to be Rochester's premier museum-based preschool! Over 4,000 Rochester-area children have attended our preschool over the last 40 years, enjoying a child-centered, developmentally appropriate program facilitated by a warm and caring staff. We work closely with parents to serve the best interest of every child and family.
Our unique preschool offers hands-on experiences and age-appropriate activities for children ages three, four, and five, for which we were named Best Preschool in the 2018 Rochester Business Journal/Daily Record Reader Rankings Awards.
Registration is currently open! Apply by February 10 for the 2021/2022 school year. Learn More.
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Perinton Nursery School
Perinton Nursery School is a coop-combination school where teachers and families work together to create the best play-based learning environment for young children. Additionally, family involvement and building community is vital to our educational model. A large, naturally and brightly-lit classroom space with a fenced in playground area, and a separate gross motor activity room offers the necessary room for growing kids to move and learn!
St. Ambrose Academy
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
Pittsford Nursery School (PCNS)
Pittsford Nursery School (PCNS) is enrolling for the 2020-21 school year. PCNS is a cooperative preschool conveniently located in the Village of Pittsford, offering several class options for students ages 2-5. The school promotes learning by play, respect for self and others, and continuous intellectual and physical growth and development. The curriculum consists of circle time, gross and fine motor activites, play time, and snack time. Your child's experience will be enhanced with field trips, special visitors, and optional enrichment classes at an additional cost. Please contact Teresa Zatyko at (585) 381-1390 or email@example.com for more information or to schedule a tour!
Nazareth Elementary – Where Faith, Love and Learning Thrive!Grade PreK3 - Grade 6
In 2021, we celebrate 150 years of quality education! Combine academic excellence with our dedicated, caring teaching staff and your child’s early education journey will flourish at Nazareth Elementary. Unparalleled extracurricular activities in the arts, science and math, combined with a tremendous teaching staff, will give you the PreK experience you’ve been searching for and set your child up for a lifetime of learning.
Reach out today to join the Nazareth Family! Call 585-458-3786 to schedule a tour. For more information on our 5-day, Full-Time Preschool or our PreK3-Grade 6 curriculum, please visit us at www.nazarethschools.org.
Hope Christian Preschool
At Hope Christian Preschool our focus is each individual child. We strive to teach with flexibility that incorporates many different learning styles. Using a variety of teaching tools by experienced Christian teachers and small classroom sizes gives children the opportunity to experience academic excellence and spiritual growth. Hope Christian Preschool offers classes (2.5 hours each) for children from age 2 through Pre K. Visit our website for a virtual tour and more information!
Generations Child Care
Generations Child Care understands that finding high-quality child care can be hard, especially during such times as these. Generations is open and enrolling, with extensive health and safety protocols in place. Additionally, Generations accepts Monroe County Child Care subsidies and can help families navigate the application process. Locally owned and operated since 1993, Generations has locations in Fairport, Irondequoit, NE Rochester, SW Rochester, and Gates. Serving ages six months to ten years, Generations also offers before and after care for school-aged children and is well versed in homework help and remote learning support for hybrid and remote learners. For more information, visit www.generations-care.com.