Rochester Museum & Science Center Preschool

Rochester Museum & Science Center Preschool


RMSC Preschool Set To Close On May 27, 2022

The RMSC Preschool will close at the end of the 2021-22 school year. This difficult decision to sunset the RMSC Preschool program is a result of organizational strategic planning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions about this decision, please contact us at 585.697.1942 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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About Our Curriculum

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 in our Eisenhart Auditorium. 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.

Learn More About Our School

Meet the Director

Carey Sisson, Head of Preschool.

Carey worked at the RMSC for four years as a classroom teacher in the Preschool before becoming Head of Preschool. She has dedicated her career of almost 30 years to the education of youth throughout our country. In addition to classroom teaching, Carey has spent years creating, developing, and delivering professional development for teachers and administrators as a part of EdisonLearning. She has also created supply chain management systems to ensure that schools received their materials in a timely manner. Carey is excited to continue the legacy of our award-winning Preschool and partner with teachers and parents to deliver a safe, fun, and engaging school experience for our youngest learners.


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RMSC Preschool was ranked as one of the top three 

winners of the RBJ's 2018 and 2021 Reader Ranking Awards



What our parents are saying: 

RMSC Preschool is a very special place that is built on a true understanding and celebration of childhood. A place our entire family looks forward to visiting every week. Each and every staff member is warm, gentle, experienced and hospitable - a combination which fosters an unmistakable sense of trust and security for children and their parents. We have witnessed both our children - who are very different - thrive as the teachers and curriculum are a perfect fit for these joyful, curious, challenging and formative preschool years. Our family will forever be grateful to have had RMSC "on our team" as we navigated parenthood and our first school experiences. - Kate D.

We love the exposure to STEM and the creative way the curriculum is designed. Our son comes home every day excited to show and tell us what he has learned, the new friends he’s made and why he’s looking forward to go back the next day. - Tomicka Wagstaff


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