Rochester Museum & Science Center Preschool

Rochester Museum & Science Center Preschool

Our unique preschool offers hands-on experiences and age-appropriate activities for children ages three, four, and five.  


RMSC Preschool 2018-2019 applications are now available for download below. To be included in the lottery for next year, applications must be received by Feb. 10, 2018, at midnight. 

Preschool Open Houses are scheduled for Jan 12 and Jan 26. Drop by on those days anytime between 12–2pm to see the facility and have your questions answered. No registration is necessary and children are welcome. 

To schedule a tour, contact Janet Finch-Levy, Head of Preschool at 585.697.1949


Early Childhood Program

We are proud to be Rochester's premier museum-based preschool! Over 4,000 Rochester-area children have attended our preschool over the last 40 years, enjoying a child-centered, developmentally appropriate program facilitated by a warm and caring staff. We work closely with parents to serve the best interest of every child and family.


Our curriculum provides unique educational experiences, which enhance a traditional preschool program. We take advantage of the exhibits, collections, and resources of the entire RMSC. On-site visits to the Rochester Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center in the Bristol Hills are an integral part of the program.

The curriculum stimulates exploration and encourages problem-solving skills, creativity, and social and emotional growth. Our preschoolers are exposed to a variety of experiences that enhance their understanding of the world around them. Their teachers accept them as individuals and encourage each child to progress at their own pace, laying the foundation for language and math acquisition and beginning academic skills.

Registration Information

If you are considering enrolling your child, please call the Head of Preschool 585.697.1949 to have your questions answered or to schedule a tour.

For your convenience, you can download and print the following documents:

RMSC Preschool Brochure

2018–2019 RMSC Preschool Application

2018–2019 RMSC Preschool FAQs


Meet Preschool Director Janet Finch-Levy

RMSC Preschool Director Janet Finch-Levy ensures that the preschool is a "safe and fun place to be for teachers and families.” Read more in this Democrat and Chronicle spotlight featuring Janet and the early childhood edcuation community. 


Celebrating 40 Years of RMSC Preschool

Thank you for joining us for our RMSC Preschool Homecoming Jamboree celebrating 40 years of preschool on Dec. 3, 2016.

Check out our photo gallery from the event!


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