Brighton Preschool/Parent Program

  •  Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are accepted in January 2023. The application will be available online in December at: The number of emails and phone messages received before registration is significant. Thank you in advance for your patience as you wait for a reply! Please view our picture gallery to see what our indoor and outdoor spaces look like. Contact the director at (585) 242-5200, Ext. 5595 or with any questions. 

    The Brighton Preschool/Parent Program has been an educational resource in our community for over 60 years! Our preschool allows children to share and learn in a safe and nurturing environment where each child is valued and accepted as unique. The work of preschoolers is play! Our curriculum provides creative opportunities for all children, encouraging social development and increasing 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 is a safe and nurturing space where children learn 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 outside 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 another family member/nanny) serves as a volunteer helper in the classroom. Each family is responsible for volunteering six times a year. This commitment to being a part of the classroom provides families with 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. Adults need time to play as much as children do! Parents also report discovering many new things about their children in the classroom.

    Brighton's preschool begins on Monday, September 18, 2023, and ends on Thursday, May 30, 2024. It is open to children three or four years old by December 1, 2023. Each preschool class includes three and four-year-olds. Having more than one age group in a class means siblings can be placed together. Thirty-two students are enrolled each year - sixteen in a class that meets from 9:00  - 11:30 a.m. and another sixteen in a class that meets from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. A family registers their child to attend preschool for two, three, or four days a week. The class that meets from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The class that meets from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We do not hold classes on Thursday afternoons or Fridays. Preschool is held in two well-equipped classrooms on the first floor of the Brighton Central School District's Central Administration Building, 2035 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. 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. Children do not have to be fully toilet trained to attend. Each child reaches toilet training milestones at their own pace. The teachers will encourage children to become independent in the preschool bathroom. Remember that there are many months between applying to preschool and attending preschool. If you feel your child will be ready to manage underwear or a pullup with help from an adult, please don't hesitate to apply. We do not have diaper-changing facilities.


    The 2023-2024 school year fees are not calculated and published until all available placements in the class are complete (usually in March). You can review the 2022-2023 tuition rates at the link at the top of this page. Applications are accepted and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying online at is preferred; paper forms you can submit with a check or money order are available upon request. Registration opens on January 6, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. Currently enrolled students who apply by February 1, 2023, get an initial choice of class preference. Prospective students who are siblings of current or previous Brighton Preschool students and apply by February 1, 2023, will be enrolled in spaces available after current families have reenrolled. New student applications are accepted on an ongoing basis beginning January 6, 2023. New students will be notified of placement beginning mid-February. If placement is not available, students are placed on a waiting list. To tour the classroom before registering, please secure a time slot by contacting the director. Tours are available at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. The number of phone calls and email messages the director receives during registration is significant. There is a chance that your voicemail or email message will not be replied to on the same day. If you call and the director does not answer, please leave a message including your name, your child's name, phone number, and email address. Please note that if you call and press "0" to reach the reception desk, the receptionist can only write down your name and phone number and ask the director to contact you. Receptionists do not receive training in preschool operations and cannot tell you if there is room for your child at preschool. Thank you in advance for your patience while waiting to hear back from the director.

    The Community Education and Preschool Program office is open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and at other times by appointment. The office is not open during regular hours when Brighton CSD is closed for holidays or recess periods. If you have any questions about preschool applications or tuition payments, do not hesitate to contact the director at 585-242-5200, ext. 5595 or