Reminder: ALL visitors are required to wear a mask when visiting the RMSC, regardless of vaccination status.

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 one of the Top 3 Preschools in the Rochester Business Journal/Daily Record Reader Rankings Awards for multiple years.

Preschool Open House

January 14 or January 28 | 12-2pm

Come and see our classrooms and meet our teachers during our two open house sessions for prospective families! Join us on January 14 or January 28 from 12-2pm to see if RMSC Preschool is the right fit for your child-- you only need to attend one of the two dates offered.

Please note: masks required for all visitors. Do not come if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. This program is only open to adults. Due to COVID-19 we are not able to host children at this time. Please do not bring your child.

Register for Preschool

To be included in the 2022-23 lottery, fill out the registration application and return it with your $85 application fee by midnight February 10, 2022.  

Important dates to note:

  • After the lottery has closed, notification of placement will be sent out by March 4, 2022.
  • Once enrolled, a $200 non-refundable deposit is due by April 1, 2022. This deposit will count toward your preschool tuition.
  • The first tuition payment is due in August 2022.

Preschool Application Coming Soon!


About the Registration Lottery

Due to high interest, RMSC Preschool registration is offered in a lottery. The lottery is divided into four categories, and each category impacts class placement:

  • Currently enrolled children have the first choice of available spaces for the new school year.
  • Siblings of previous students or children of preschool alumni have second choice of available spaces.
    • NOTE: Applicants in this category must hold a current RMSC Family Membership.
  • Families who hold a current RMSC Family Membership and whose children have never attended RMSC Preschool have third choice of available spaces.
    • Signing up for a membership on this application makes you eligable for this category.
  • Families who do not hold an RMSC Family Membership or have never attended have fourth choice of available spaces.


2022-23 Available Class Sections

Classes for 3 Year Olds (for children who are 3 on or before December 1, 2022)

Weekly Schedule Daily Schedule Class Section
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays      9:15am - 11:45am      Group D
Tuesday and Thursdays 8:45am - 11:15am Group F
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15am - 11:45am Group G


Classes for 4-5 Year Olds (for children who are 4 on or before December 1, 2022)

Weekly Schedule Daily Schedule Class Section
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays      8:45am - 11:15am       Group A
Tuesdays through Thursdays 1pm - 3:30pm Group B
Mondays through Thursdays 8:45am - 11:15am Group K (Pre-K)
Mondays through Fridays 9:15am - 11:45am Group L (Pre-K)

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. Scholarships will be awarded based on funds available and may cover a portion of or all program fees. Applicants must be residents of Monroe County and meet financial guidelines for consideration.


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.

Resources For Our Families

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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