Special Projects and Education Intitiatives

About Special Projects and Education Initiatives 

The Office of Special Projects and Education Initiatives oversees the development and implementation of projects as requested by the Mayor. Special Projects  is responsible for defining, planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating the administration's initiatives. The office works with the City School District, as well as other governmental and social agencies to ensure that City government is apart of many programs that are instrumental to the success our children and citizens. 

Contact Information

Office of Special Projects and Education Initiatives
City Hall, Room 201-A
30 Church Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (585) 428-7192

Kiara Warren, Executive Staff Assistant
Email:  Kiara.Warren@cityofrochester.gov

Special Projects and Education Initiatives

3-to-3 Initiative

The 3-to-3 Initiative was developed based on recommendations from the Mayor's Early Learning Council, which Mayor Warren convened when she took office in 2014. The goal of the initiative is to give every 3-year-old in the city of Rochester the opportunity to develop the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in school and in life, as well as focusing on getting all third graders not just reading, but reading at grade level, by the end of third grade.

Books Before Birth and Books at Birth

In partnership with the Healthy Baby Network and MVP, Books Before Birth and Books at Birth encourages new parents to read to their children with a simple message - it's never too early to start reading to your children. Through these programs, new parents receive books and bookmarks at prenatal and postnatal visitsLearn More

GROW Rochester

The City along with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, United Way of Greater Rochester, Rochester's Child (an initiative of the Rochester Area Community Foundation) and New York State provided funding to conduct comprehensive screenings for three-year-olds with the primary goal of identifying needs in hearing, vision, dental health, language and speech, cognitive and social-emotional development. Learn More

Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge

In an effort to bridge the gap of learning loss over the Summer months, Mayor Warren developed her Summer Reading Challenge. Each child is encouraged to read 10  books throughout the summer. Each child that successfully completes the Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge receives a special certificate. Learn More

Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board

The Rochester City School District is in the process of creating a portfolio of high-quality schools for students and families to choose from. Mayor Warren believes that providing the right school for every child means not only having great schools, but that they must be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and resources to ensure that every child can do his or her best. The seven-member Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board (RJSCB) oversees the RSMP, which is a joint initiative of the Rochester City School District and the City of Rochester, to update and improve school facilitiesLearn More


In partnership with Roc the Future, the Children's Institute, the Farash Foundation, the Healthy Baby Network and the Rochester Public Library, ReadyRosie is an early education tool that is designed to help schools and communities improve parent engagement by using videos and mobile technology to equip parents with the tools wherever they are. Learn More