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Early childhood -- birth to prekindergarten


Office of Early Childhood

Melissa Hasty, Director


Brigid Dodson, Coordinator


Rita Dolan, Assistant Coordinator


Nicole Madison, Assistant Coordinator


Lisa Momberger, Assistant Coordinator




Beginning a journey,

building a foundation

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.


The district offers 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. Click here for information about this year's prekindergarten lottery for 4-year-olds.


And in November 2015, the district expanded its prekindergarten program to 3-year-olds thanks to a new state grant. Click here for more information about the lottery for prekindergarten for 3-year-olds.


Click here to download a copy of the Prekindergarten Parent Handbook. (Scroll down to Important documents and resources for links to translated versions of the handbook.)


A message from the director

As a teacher, my primary focus was always the children: keeping student-centered, developmentally appropriate practice at the forefront of my work. As a leader, it is critically important for me not to lose sight of this focus.


At the end of the day, the important work we do daily is first and foremost for, and about, the children. As a leader, a teacher, a mom and lifelong learner, I have challenged myself, and will continue to throughout my professional and life journey, to do what is best for children.

Philosophy of early childhood education

The district recognizes 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.


Important documents and resources

Communication is important to us. Please click the highlighted text to see the most recent monthly newsletters for families of 3-year-old pre-K students and families of 4-year-old pre-K students.


Collaborating partners

  • Advanced Therapy (programs for 4-year-olds at Delaware Community School, Eagle Point Elementary School, North Albany Academy and Pine Hills Elementary)

  • Albany Community Action Partnership/Head Start (income eligibility requirement)

    • Ann Klose First (programs for 3-year olds)

    • Early Learning Center (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

    • Hackett Boulevard Center (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

    • Nathan Lebron Center (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

    • Olivia Rorie Center (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

  • Arbor Park Child Care Center (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

  • Boys & Girls Club of Albany (programs for 4-year-olds at Albany School of Humanities, Arbor Hill Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology)

  • Capital Milestones (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

  • Children's Place at the Plaza: Empire State Plaza and State Education Department building (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

  • A Child's Place at Unity/Unity Sunshine of Albany (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

  • The College of Saint Rose (program for 4-year-olds)

  • Ernestina Dicioccio Day Care Center- Centro Civico (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

  • DIGI Academy of Learners (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds for 2019-20)

  • Infinite Day Care (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

  • Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center (programs for 4-year-olds onsite and at New Scotland Elementary School)

  • St. Anne Institute (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)

  • St. Matthew School (program for 4-year-olds)

  • Temple Israel (program for 4-year-olds)

  • Trinity Nursery and Daycare (programs for 3- and 4-year-olds)



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