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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, for which we were named Best Preschool in the 2018 Rochester Business Journal/Daily Record Reader Rankings Awards.

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


2020/2021 Lottery is now open. Register and enter the lottery.


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.

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Download the RMSC Preschool Brochure



Register for Preschool

  • RMSC Preschool is full for the 2019-20 school year. 
  • To be included in the 2020-21 lottery, fill out the registration application and return with your $85 application fee by midnight February 10, 2020.  
  • To see the school and meet the teachers, plan to attend one of our Preschool Open Houses which are scheduled for January 17 and 31, from 12-2. No registration is necessary and children are welcome to attend. Open houses and tours are held in the Eisenhart Auditorium, located adjacent to the museum across the roundabout.
  • To schedule a Preschool Tour, call Janet Finch-Levy at 585.697.1949
  • Once the lottery is complete, any remaining spots are filled on a first come-first served basis. Call 585.697.1949 for availability. 



Meet the Director

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 education community. 


Preschool Scholarship

The Eva Howe Stevens Scholarship at the Rochester Museum & Science Center provides limited financial assistance to young people in need who are residents of Monroe County and can benefit from offerings at the RMSC. Applicants must be residents of Monroe County and meet financial guidelines for consideration.



What our parents are saying: 

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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