Children Services

Award-Winning Early Childhood Center

Our Early Childhood Center at 777 Clifford Avenue offers an award-winning program that serves as a national model. With a parent engagement rate of 95 percent and the highest attendance record for children under 5 in all of Monroe County, both local and national leaders come to us for research and guidance.

Children as young as six-weeks-old through the age of four prepare for school with direct hands-on support from our experienced bilingual and bicultural staff. Together, they work on developing their motor skills, establishing regular reading habits, socialization, and health and wellness.

Staff also work with parents to help them identify and achieve goals for themselves and their entire family. We also collaborate with a strong on-site PTA to fully engage parents in all aspects of their children’s education, including the interview process and the planning of activities and workshops.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK): All-day program Monday through Friday that is open to 4-year-old children who live in Rochester. Follows the school calendar.

Early Head Start: All-day program that is offered all-year-round for children between 6-weeks and 3-years-old.

Head Start: All-day program for 3 and 4-year-old children that follows the school calendar.

Tele-Med Program: (Partnership with the University of Rochester) Staff is able to conduct initial doctor visits with a sick child via the Internet to determine the next step, so parents don’t have to miss school or work as often.

On-Site Nutritionist: In collaboration with the American Heart Association, an on-site nutritionist works with our children and parents to teach them about health and wellness (includes demonstrations and a new menu).

New Collaboration with UR/ROHK: (Rochester Oral Health for Kids). Children receive dental screenings and fluoride treatment on-site, while parents learn about oral education and how to establish dental hygiene at home.