News Release - Mayor’s Early Learning Council to Conduct Focus Groups

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, May 29, 2014) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren’s Early Learning Council (ELC) will conduct focus group sessions to solicit input from parents and educators to discuss the education of pre-K aged children in Rochester.

A focus group for parents will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 10 at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center, 530 Webster Avenue. This session is open to all city parents of prospective and former pre-K children (3 or 4 years old).

“The education of our children is the most important issue of the 21st Century,” said Mayor Warren. “I strongly encourage parents of pre-K children to take part in this process so that our information is as relevant as possible.”

Topics to be discussed are:

• Defining “high-quality” pre-K

• Navigating Rochester’s pre-K choices

• Pre-K for all of our children

• Increasing pre-K parent involvement

The ELC will incorporate the input received at the focus groups in its report due to the Mayor at the end of June.

The ELC will also conduct an invitation-only focus group with pre-K service providers on Monday, June 9. The Council has completed three public hearings and two public meetings. An additional ELC meeting will be held on June 12 at City Hall, Room 309-A, 30 Church Street.

For more information, call 311 or 428-5990 (outside city limits) or visit


News Media: For more information, contact City Communications Director Christine Christopher at 428-7135.