Brighton Preschool/Parent Program

  •  Applications for placement in the Brighton Preschool/Parent Program's 2024-2025 class begins on January 7th, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. Read about the preschool and our application process below. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents and guardians who have never registered a child in our program are strongly encouraged to tour the preschool between November 1, 2023 and February 1, 2024. We want to ensure our preschool is a good fit for your family! Tours are usually scheduled at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. If you do not live in Rochester, NY, now, we would happily arrange a tour after you have moved to the area.

    Please note that the number of phone calls and email messages received during the annual tour and application period is significant. The director will reply to your inquiry one to three business days after receiving your message. Thank you in advance for your patience while waiting to hear back from us! 


    The Brighton Preschool/Parent Program has been an educational resource in our community for over 60 years. It allows children to share and learn in a safe and nurturing environment where children are valued and accepted as unique people. The work of preschoolers is play! Our curriculum provides creative opportunities for all children to encourage social development, pre-reading and pre-math concepts, and independence. Planned activities and teacher interaction foster early education skill-building. Through play, our students discover what they enjoy most and what makes them feel competent—our preschool also teaches children what it means to be a good friend. We provide diverse opportunities for experimentation, which challenge thinking and reasoning abilities. Our facilities are perfect for large and small motor development - inside the classroom and on the playground. One of the most significant features of our preschool is the amount of parental involvement. On a rotating basis, a parent or guardian (or another family member/nanny) serves as a volunteer helper in the classroom. Each family is responsible for signing up to volunteer six times a year. This commitment to being a part of the classroom gives families a strong foundation for creating home-to-school connections. After volunteering, parents often say they haven't had that much fun in a long time. Parents also report discovering many things they didn't know about their child in the classroom.

     

    The preschool is located on the first floor of the Brighton Central School District's Central Administration Building, 2035 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. Children meet in a large, bright classroom with interesting areas that stimulate a child's natural curiosity. Adjacent is another classroom used for large muscle activities. Outside is a playground specially designed for preschool-aged children. The program follows the Brighton Central School District calendar and is closed when the District is closed for holidays, recess periods, and emergency school closings. If you want to know how many days the school is closed in a typical year, click here to review the District calendar. Transportation is not provided. Families drop off and pick up their children each day.

     

    Each child reaches toilet training milestones at their own pace. Some children use the bathroom independently, while others are still learning. We have a bathroom inside the classroom with a child-sized toilet and sink. The teachers encourage children still learning to use the toilet to become independent in the bathroom. We do not have diaper-changing facilities in the classroom. Thus, children must wear underwear or a pull-up to preschool. If you are concerned about your child not being fully toilet trained by the start of the school year, remember that there are many months between registering for preschool and starting preschool. Things may change by September. If they don't, that's okay.

     

    The 2024-2025 preschool year tentatively begins on Monday, September 16, 2024, and ends the last week of May 2025. It meets for a total of thirty-three weeks. It is open to children three or four years old by December 1, 2024. Each preschool class includes both age groups. Having more than one age group in a class means siblings can be placed together, and the younger children can learn by watching the older children (or vice versa!) About thirty-two students are enrolled each year – a maximum of sixteen students in a class that meets from 9:00  - 11:30 a.m. Monday – Thursday and a different group of sixteen in a class meets from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m., Monday – Wednesday. A family requests their child be placed in preschool two or three days a week. Children registered in the morning class can also be placed four days a week. Thus, the most days that morning students can be enrolled are four days a week, and the most days that afternoon students are enrolled is three. No classes ever meet on Thursday afternoons or Fridays. Tuition is calculated based on the number of days a child attends weekly. The 2024-2025 school year fees are not calculated and published until all available placements in the class are complete (usually in March). You can review the 2023-2024 tuition rates at the link on this page to get a good idea of next year's fees.

     

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis beginning January 7, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.  They are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying online at https://brightonschools.revtrak.net is preferred; paper forms that can be submitted by mail are available in the preschool brochure on this webpage. Families who already have a child enrolled in preschool this year and apply by February 1, 2024, have an initial choice of attendance time and days. Prospective students who are siblings of current or previous Brighton Preschool students and apply by February 1, 2024, will be enrolled in spaces available after current families have reenrolled. Then, new students will be enrolled in the remaining open spaces. All families will be notified of their placement in mid-February. If a placement is unavailable for your child at that time, they can be moved to a waitlist. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100. 


    For answers to your questions, contact the Brighton Community Education and Preschool Program office, which is open from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and at other times by appointment. The office may not be open when Brighton Central School District is closed for holidays or break periods. If you call and the director does not answer, please leave a message and include your name, phone number, and email address. Also, include your child's name and age. The preschool director can be reached at 585-242-5200, ext. 5595, or mona_zamiarski@bcsd.org.