Early Childhood

Our Early Childhood services give young children the advantages they need to succeed in school. We provide them and their day care providers with the tools and resources necessary for positive growth and development. Programs and services include:

  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)
  • Children and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Family Daycare Program


The Carter Street Universal Pre-K program focuses on providing children that turn four by December 1st, the academic, social and emotional preparation necessary to be Kindergarten ready.

Recruitment is open to children that live in the City of Rochester and will be four by December 1st of the year enrolled. Enrollment is on a first-come first-serve basis and is free to all city residents. Universal Pre-K is funded by the Rochester City School District. The full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program’s hours are from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. A nutritious, CACFP approved, breakfast; lunch and snack are provided, free of charge. UPK implements the High Scope Curriculum, focusing on language, literacy, problem solving, social, and self-help skills, helping your child become Kindergarten ready!

Our mission is to provide opportunities for young children to participate in challenging, stimulating programs, designed to support their language, cognitive and social development while being sensitive to their strengths and needs.

Stop by 500 Carter Street for an application!


Children and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) FAMILY DAY CARE PROGRAM

The CACFP program reimburses family day care providers for nutritious meals and snacks served to children in their care. Program staff recruit, enroll, and monitor the sites of participating providers to ensure compliance with CACFP guidelines and provide support to maintain compliance. Annual trainings are provided to all providers to educate the importance of healthy, low sodium, low fat meals that include whole grain rich foods. Family day care providers create menus that allow children to have a wide variety of healthy foods and follow all CACFP guidelines, and in doing so, family day care providers are reimbursed for 2 meals and one snack a day through CACFP.

If you are a child care provider and are interested in learning more about the CACFP family day care reimbursement program or would like to enroll, please contact the , Manager of Early Childhood, at (585)336-4697


For additional information on any of our Early Childhood programs and services please contact us at (585)336-4697.