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:

  • Family Day Care Satellite
  • Educational Incentive Program
  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Family Day Care Satellite

The Family Day Care Satellite works collaboratively with several agencies within the City of Rochester, known as the Family Childcare Satellite Network (FCCSN), to administer the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This program reimburses 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.

Educational Incentive Program (EIP)

EIP provides local day care providers (home day care and child care centers) training classes on topics consistent with the knowledge required by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for the maintenance of a license to operate a childcare center. These topics include, but are not limited to, Health and Safety, Administering Medication, and Creating Lesson Plans. In addition to providing training, the staff works closely to assist new providers to meet the guidelines for licensing. Tuition assistance is provided, in-part or fully, for licensed providers through the State University of New York.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

The Learning Center focuses on providing children four and five years old the academic and social/emotional preparation necessary for entering kindergarten.

Recruitment is open to children that live in the City of Rochester and will be four by December 1st of the year enrolled. Special emphasis is given to recruitment of children that participate in home-based childcare services with the goal of supporting the provider in preparing children for kindergarten. Universal Pre-K is funded in part by the Rochester City School District. For more information on our UPK program please visit our RCSD web page here.


Your child will learn, build social skills, have fun and prepare for Kindergarten all at the same time!

The Community Place is offering a full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program (8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday). Breakfast, Lunch and snack are served. Transportation is available.

For more information please call:

Carmen Carrasquillo Chief Program Officer 327-7200 ext 179

This summer COMMUNITY PLACE will begin offering before and after School Care and All Day Care at our 500 Carter Street Location.

We will be accepting DSS and Private Pay.

Your child will receive care in a classroom setting with trained professionals.

For more information please fill out this form or contact:

Carmen Carrasquillo Chief Program Officer 327-7200 ext 179

For additional information on any of our Early Childhood programs and services please contact us at 585-288-0021.