Two prekindergarten boys happily reading books on the carpet.

Early Childhood

Phone: 518-475-6591
108 Whitehall Road, Albany, NY 12209

Melissa Hasty

Director, Office of Early Childhood

A child must be 3 by Dec. 1 in order to qualify for a 3-year-old's spot and 4 by Dec. 1 to qualify for a 4-year-old's spot during the following school year. Classes have a maximum of 18 children to make sure each child gets the individual attention that makes the prekindergarten experience meaningful. You must enter your child into the lottery to get a seat in the program of your choice. The lottery is conducted by an independent national firm to assure fairness and impartiality.

Learn more about the lottery and registration.

No step is more important in your child's education than the first one. The City School District of Albany is dedicated to building a solid educational foundation for success starting with our youngest learners.

In addition to the guiding principles of our district, we strive to keep our diverse children and families at the heart of our work because we teach what we love and we love who we teach. 

We offer full-day prekindergarten seats to 4-year olds in all 12 elementary schools, in its bilingual Dual Language Program and at several community agencies. The program follows the school district calendar; students are in class 6.5 hours a day for at least 180 days.

We also recognize the role parents and guardians have as a child’s first teacher and best advocate and the role early childhood programs play in the educational success of our community’s children.   

By collaborating with families and early childhood programs, we hope to learn from one another build a partnership that ensures every child is ready for success.

Our mission is to provide children with a safe, nurturing, child-centered learning environment that supports the development of the whole child.

We are committed to developing independent, confident students, who will be academically prepared and socially responsible citizens, solving problems as lifelong learners in the global community.

This is accomplished through an enriched curriculum that builds upon the foundation established at home, moving along a continuum which prepares students for a seamless transition to our kindergarten programs.

Melissa Hasty

Director, Office of Early Childhood

Brigid Dodson

Coordinator, Office of Early Childhood

Rita Dolan

Assistant Coordinator, Office of Early Childhood

Nicole Madison

Assistant Coordinator, Office of Early Childhood

Lisa Momberger

Assistant Coordinator, Office of Early Childhood

Pre-K providers

We offer two prekindergarten programs in the City School District of Albany: pre-K for 3-year-olds (pre-K 3) and pre-K for 4-year-olds (pre-K 4).

A child must be 3 by Dec. 1 of the following school year in order to qualify for a pre-K 3 program. 

A child must be 4 by Dec. 1 of the following school year to qualify for a pre-K 4 program.

Both programs are enrolled by a lottery, which are held at two separate times. 

Arbor Hill Elementary School
1 Arbor Drive • (518) 475-6625
School day: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
After-school care: Until 6:30 p.m.

Delaware Community School
43 Bertha St. • (518) 475-6750
School day: 9:05 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
After-school care*: Until 5:30 p.m. 

Eagle Point Elementary School
1044 Western Ave. • (518) 475-6825
School day: 8:10 a.m.-2:40 p.m.
After-school care*: Until 5:45 p.m. 

Giffen Memorial Elementary School
274 South Pearl St. • (518) 475-6650
School day: 9:05 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
After-school care: Until 6:30 p.m.

New Scotland Elementary School
369 New Scotland Ave. • (518) 475-6775
School day: 9:05 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
After-school care*: Until 5:45 p.m.

Pine Hills Elementary School
41 North Allen St. • (518) 475-6725
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care: No

Schuyler Achievement Academy
676 Clinton Ave. • (518) 475-6700
School day: 9:05 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
After-school care: Until 6:30 p.m.

Sheridan Preparatory Academy
400 Sheridan Ave. • (518) 475-6850
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care: Until 5:30 p.m.

*Many programs charge a fee for after-school care, and it is offered at the discretion of outside providers when there is sufficient enrollment and qualified staff. Contact the school or program for more information. The Albany County Department of Social Services may be able to help you pay. For more information, contact them at (518) 447-7435 or DSSchildcaresubsidyunit@albanycounty.com.

Albany School of Humanities (ASH)
108 Whitehall Road • (518) 475-6575
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: Until 5:30 p.m.

Dual Language Program at Delaware Community School
43 Bertha St. • (518) 475-6750
School day: 9:05 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
After-school care*: Until 5:30 p.m.

Montessori Magnet School
45 Tremont St. • (518) 475-6675
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: Until 5:30 p.m. 

Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)
Lincoln Park • (518) 475-6875
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: Until 5:30 p.m. 

*Many programs charge a fee for after-school care, and it is offered at the discretion of outside providers when there is sufficient enrollment and qualified staff. Contact the school or program for more information. The Albany County Department of Social Services may be able to help you pay. For more information, contact them at (518) 447-7435 or DSSchildcaresubsidyunit@albanycounty.com.

ACAP Head Start (four locations)
Please note that to be eligible for a Head Start prekindergarten program, your family must meet certain income requirements. For more information, call (518) 463-3175, ext. 135.

Ann Klose First School Head Start  (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
295 Colonie St.
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Extended-day care: None

Early Learning Center (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
25 Monroe St.
Before-school care*: 7:30-8 a.m.
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: 2:30-5:30 p.m. 

Hackett Boulevard Head Start (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
21 Hackett Blvd. 
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: Being considered

Nathan Lebron Early Learning Center (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
170 Ontario St. 
Before-school care*: 7:30-8 a.m.
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Olivia Rorie Center (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
7 Morton Ave. 
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: Being considered

Albany Jewish Community Center (Pre-K 4 only, no pre-K 3)
340 Whitehall Road • (518) 689-0039
School day: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
After-school care*: 3-6 p.m.

Arbor Park Child Care Center (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
96 Second Street • (518) 465-8466
School day: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
After-school care: No

Capital Milestones Childcare (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
3 Harriman Campus Dr. • (518) 457-3020
Before-school care*: 7-8 a.m.
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Children’s Place at the Plaza (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
Swan Street Building, Core 2, 
Empire State Plaza,
Crystal Room Pavilion • (518) 474-4736
Before-school care*: 7-8:30 a.m.
School Day: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
After-school care*: 3-5:30 p.m.

Children’s Place at the State Education Building (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
10 N. Hawk St. • (518) 474-2918
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: 2:30-6 p.m. 

A Child’s Place at Unity (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
50 Philip St. • (518) 434-0815
Before-school care*: 7:30-8 a.m.
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Ernestina DiCioccio Bilingual Day Care Center-Centro Civico
230 Green St., 1st Floor • (518) 465-1145
Before-school care*: 8-8:30 a.m.
School day: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
After-school care*: 3-5 p.m.

Infinite Care (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
43 Quail St. • (518) 432-2750
Before-school care*: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
School day: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
After-school care*: 3-5:30 p.m. 

St. Anne Institute (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
160 North Main Ave. • (518) 437-6735
Before-school care*: 8-8:30 a.m.
School day: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
After-school care*: 3-5 p.m.

St. Matthew Lutheran School (Pre-K 4 only, no Pre-K 3)
75 Whitehall Road # A • (518) 463-6495
Before-school care*: 7-8 a.m.
School day: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school care*: 2:30-5:45 p.m.

Temple Israel (Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4)
600 New Scotland Ave. • (518) 438-7858 ext. 120
Before-school care*: 8-9 a.m.
School day: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
After-school care*: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

*Many programs charge a fee for after-school care, and it is offered at the discretion of outside providers when there is sufficient enrollment and qualified staff. Contact the school or program for more information. The Albany County Department of Social Services may be able to help you pay. For more information, contact them at (518) 447-7435 or DSSchildcaresubsidyunit@albanycounty.com.