Rochester, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has awarded the Rochester City School District nearly $2.1 million to increase access to its nationally recognized Pre-Kindergarten education programming. RCSD received the 2nd highest amount of funding given to 32 school districts across the State, with the New York City Schools receiving the highest amount of funding.
This money allows RCSD to expand its three-year-old full-day programs, potentially adding up to 164 additional seats. Currently, the District serves 3,100 students in its three- and four-year-old programs.
Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said, “Rochester has one of the highest performing Pre-K programs in the country. We thank the State for recognizing the critical need for our youngest students to receive the high-quality education they deserve.”
Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Dr. Cecilia Griffin-Golden said, “Students start an exciting journey when they enter Pre-K. By expanding access to allow more students, we can help ensure more Rochester children are on the right path to success.”
Robin Hooper, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Department for the Rochester City School District said, “Data shows that 10 percent more students are ready for Kindergarten when they have had two years of Pre-K as compared to those with just one. Our students are doing better thanks to these expanded opportunities.”
Parents are encouraged to visit Pre-K registration at the District’s Central Office, 131 West Broad Street, or online at
to find out what new options are available for three-year-old full-day programs.