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UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN
EPK / UPK
FREE tuition

Our Pre-Kindergarten early childhood education program focuses on kindergarten readiness and critical skills necessary for future success. This program recognizes the importance of child care, family care, and our early education system as integral parts of early childhood development. Our Universal Pre-K program is for all children turning 3 and 4 years old by December 1st of their enrollment year. We adhere to the Rochester City School District calendar and are open 180 days during the school year from September to June. The program is a 6-hour program, which begins at 8:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm.

School Age
(5 years to 12 years)

The expeditionary enrichment experience is designed to help children develop a stronger sense of who they are in character building. Children learn to respect their bodies, their minds, their neighbors and their environment. We strive to promote a sense of daily personal responsibility. Through this program, conducted by qualified teachers and assistants, youth will expound in education, learn life skills, 

improve social skills, learn about creating and discovering expeditionary learning with field studies, nutritional health with culinary, cultivate experiences in job readiness skills to receive exposure to the world of work, and much more. We want to impact your youth’s life by modeling love, character, and integrity. Activities will include both youth-initiated and teacher-directed activities, training them properly to become secure, happy, healthy adults prepared for success and achievement. We believe they need guidance in developing their greatest potential, and quality reliable programming to continue their development.

Summer Enrichment Camp and Holiday Recess Programs

On school holidays and during the summer months is a full day campership program with a host of activities at the Center as well as frequent outings and field studies trips. We assist children in setting positive and ambitious goals for their lives and help them develop realistic plans for achieving these goals.

Infant / Toddlers / Twos Continuity of Care Program

Continuity of care is the consistent and uninterrupted provision of care and support for a child by the same caregiver or team of caregivers over an extended period. The program is structured to provide for mixed-age groups within the same classroom. Children can enter into the program as infants or toddlers and as children reach 36 months of age they can enter our Preschool program. Our classrooms accommodate the needs of the different age groups, and the teacher/child ratio applies to the youngest child in the group, with a 2:8 teacher/child ratio. Caring and Sharing Child Care Center encourages keeping infants, toddlers, and two’s together in the same classroom with the same teachers for a continuous span of time or longer. This allows children to develop a positive, stable relationship with other children and the teacher. This approach emphasizes building strong relationships between caregivers and children, promoting stability, trust, and a sense of security for the child. Continuity of care aims to minimize disruptions in the child’s routine and environment, facilitating healthy development and emotional well-being.

Curriculum

We follow and adhere to the New York State Early Learning Guidelines and fully implement the HighScope Preschool Curriculum. At the same time, we pride ourselves with being in partnership with our Families and with the, Rochester City School District and the New York State

Infant / Toddler
Creative Curriculum

On school holidays and during the summer months is a full day campership program with a host of activities at the Center as well as frequent outings and field studies trips. We assist children in setting positive and ambitious goals for their lives and help them develop realistic plans for achieving these goals.

Highscope
Preschool Curriculum

Highscope Curriculum is play-based supported through research to prove that child centered classrooms that promote active learning is key to positive child outcomes. Children explore, have opportunities for creative imagination, skill building, problem solving, and gaining independence. Parents, family members, and outside resources create a partnership to expand children’s learning through parent events and workshops for parents to gain a greater understanding of the program, Highscope Curriculum and to give input on how their child’s developing.

Welcome to our Infant Toddler classroom where we offer continuity of care. Continuity of Care is a classroom that a child can remain with the same teacher until they are 3 years old, at which they can enter into our Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. The goal of continuity of care is to have children grow and develop with the same primary caregivers. Research has shown that children benefit from building early secure relationships with adults. The strong relationship formed provides a foundation for success. Secure attachments enable children to have trust in their surroundings, explore their world with confidence and develop a positive sense of self.

Welcome to our Preschool Classroom, Our 3 and 4-year-old Preschool program is in partnership with the Rochester City School District and operates Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Through our daily HighScope curriculum students gain the necessary skills to a strong foundation to becoming life-long learners. The HighScope curriculum is based on eight learning components. Literacy and Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music and Artistic Expression, Learning Approaches, Emotional Development, and Technology. Teachers target and drive instruction through observation and intentional teaching strategies that are based on the children’s interests as they include learning standards and important key developmental indicators through planning and daily assessments.

 Our classroom is designed to provide our preschool scholars with an understandable and fun approach to learning activities. Learning is a key component in our preschool classroom, and the expectation is that child will feel excited about how they learn. Our goal is to stimulate your child’s interest in their environment. Our preschool classroom has several learning centers where children explore science, reading, Math Center, Books, Manipulative toys to engage the mind, Art, Sand and Water, Drama or Pretend, Blocks and Construction, Writing and Technology areas and other subjects in a stimulating, creative environment with age-appropriate curriculum.

Welcome to our Universal Pre-Kindergarten Classroom, Our 4-year-old Preschool program is in partnership with the Rochester City School District and operates Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Our daily HighScope curriculum equips students with essential skills for kindergarten readiness, fostering their development as lifelong learners. The HighScope curriculum is based on eight learning components. Literacy and Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music and Artistic Expression, Learning Approaches, Emotional Development, and Technology. Teachers target and drive instruction through observation and intentional teaching strategies that are based on the children’s interests as they include learning standards and important key developmental indicators through planning and daily assessments.

 The HighScope Curriculum emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. Teachers and students are active partners in shaping the educational experience

Welcome to our School-Age classroom. In our School-Age classroom youth are encouraged to participate in expeditionary learning activities. Our goal is to provide real life, culturally based lesson planned of activities that challenge and excite your child’s mind and need for expression. In our school age classroom, the learning will be real, hands-on and designed to last a lifetime. The youth get to interact and engage with their peers daily before and after school, during school recess breaks and throughout the summertime. Caring and Sharing continues to provide learning opportunities for our school agers in a variety of ways to continue learning through our community culture engagement. Our school age program provides opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, to meet the challenging academic standards for literacy and related educational development

Welcome to our Junior Academy Center, our program offers year-round educational enrichment designed for youth aged 10-16. Operating both before and after school, as well as during school recess breaks, and summer. Our program emphasizes academic support and experiential learning. We are committed to providing the highest quality of developmental opportunities for our students. Our philosophy is centered on nurturing secure, confident, and equipped youth,  while fostering their growth into responsible and resilient adults in the future.

Enrichment program Focus Area
Academic support through Homework Academy-Mentoring Match with Rochester Mentors-Parent Connect to keep parents aware of academic progress-Teacher collaboration-Financial Literacy-Physical Fitness-Art Therapy-Cooking and Nutrition-Field Studies-Parent Involvement- Team Building-Work/Study Program for 14-16 year-olds

INFANT TODDLER CONTINUITY OF CARE CLASSROOM

Welcome to our Infant Toddler classroom where we offer continuity of care. Continuity of Care is a classroom that a child can remain with the same teacher until they are 3 years old, at which they can enter into our Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. The goal of continuity of care is to have children grow and develop with the same primary caregivers. Research has shown that children benefit from building early secure relationships with adults. The strong relationship formed provides a foundation for success. Secure attachments enable children to have trust in their surroundings, explore their world with confidence and develop a positive sense of self.

PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM

Welcome to our preschool classroom. Our classroom is designed to provide our preschool scholars with an understandable and fun approach to learning activities. Learning is a key component in our preschool classroom, and the expectation is that child will feel excited about how they learn. Our goal is to stimulate your child’s interest in their environment. Our preschool classroom has several learning centers where children explore science, reading, Math Center, Books, Manipulative toys to engage the mind, Art, Sand and Water, Drama or Pretend, Blocks and Construction, Writing and Technology areas and other subjects in a stimulating, creative environment with age-appropriate curriculum.

UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM

Welcome to our Universal Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Our Universal Pre-Kindergarten program follows the HighScope Curriculum, which is based on 8 learning components. These are Literacy and Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music and Artistic Expressions, Learning Approach, Social and Emotional Development and Technology. The HighScope Curriculum emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. Teachers and students are active partners in shaping the educational experience

SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAM CLASSROOM

Welcome to our School-Age classroom. In our School-Age classroom youth are encouraged to participate in expeditionary learning activities. Our goal is to provide real life, culturally based lesson planned of activities that challenge and excite your child’s mind and need for expression. In our school age classroom, the learning will be real, hands-on and designed to last a lifetime. The youth get to interact and engage with their peers daily before and after school, during school recess breaks and throughout the summertime. Caring and Sharing continues to provide learning opportunities for our school agers in a variety of ways to continue learning through our community culture engagement. Our school age program provides opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, to meet the challenging academic standards for literacy and related educational development

JUNIOR ACADEMY CENTER

Welcome to our Junior Academy Center. Caring and Sharing Junior Academy Center, provides year-round services for all children before and after school, during school breaks, vacations and summer recess. The Junior Academy Summer Enrichment Program provides academic support throughout the school year and summer months through expeditionary learning field studies, the arts or with a cooking project which keep skills sharp and current in contrast to youth who are not academically engaged all year long and during the summertime. By contrast, children who are not engaged in learning through the summer typically lose up to three months of learning, which has to be retaught each new school year taking up to six weeks of valuable instructional time just to review what was previously learned. Enrichment experiential learning and field studies keep youth interested as they focus on fun and educational themes often in the Finance, STEM Science, Technology, Culinary and Social Studies content areas.