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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.


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

  • Albany Community Action Partnership/Head Start

  • Arbor Park Child Care Center

  • Capital Milestones

  • Children's Place at the Plaza: Empire State Plaza and State Education Department building

  • A Child's Place at Unity/Unity Sunshine of AlbanyThe College of Saint Rose

  • Ernestina Dicioccio Day Care Center- Centro Civico

  • DIGI Academy of Learners

  • Infinite Day Care

  • Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center

  • St. Anne's Institute

  • St. Matthew School

  • Temple Israel

  • Trinity Nursery and Daycare



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