Catholic Charities

Preschool Program

The Preschool Program provides accessible year-round early childhood education at no cost. The program enhances cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and linguistic development so children are developmentally on track when entering kindergarten. The target population is comprised of vulnerable families with children three to five year olds living in high-need neighborhoods of the city of Syracuse. Participants represent the city’s growing ethnic and linguistic diversity with many children being English Language Learners (ELLs). The program provides transportation and educational opportunities to support and engage parents. Operating since 1972, the program now provides Universal and Expanded Pre-K (UPK and EPK) and is adding Three-Year-Old Pre-K (3PK), all in partnership with the Syracuse City School District (SCSD).