Office of Early Childhood
Melissa Hasty, Director
Brigid Dodson, Coordinator
Rita Dolan, Assistant Coordinator
Nicole Madison, Assistant Coordinator
Lisa Momberger, Assistant
Beginning a journey,
building a foundation
step is more important in your child's education than the first one.
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
And in November 2015,
expanded its prekindergarten program to 3-year-olds
thanks to a new state grant. Click here for more information about
the lottery for prekindergarten
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
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
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 visit our Prekindergarten News
section to see our new monthly newsletter.
Albany Community Action
Arbor Park Child Care
Children's Place at the Empire State Plaza, State
Education Department building
Club Fed Child Care Center
The College of Saint Rose
Ernestina Dicioccio Day Care Center
DIGI Academy of Learners
Infinite Day Care
Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center
St. Anne's Institute
St. Matthew School
Trinity Nursery and Daycare
Unity Sunshine of Albany