This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach visited the Rochester Childfirst Network and read “Goodnight Moon” to a group of their students. Rochester Childfirst Network has a long history of providing early education and child care to the Rochester community, and serves children from all socioeconomic backgrounds.Joe Robach Rochester Read

Located on South Avenue, Rochester Childfirst Network was founded in 1856 to help to provide Christmas dinner to some of Rochester neediest children. By April of 1857, the organization was incorporated under New York State as the Industrial School of Rochester. In its first year the School served 264 girls and 272 boys.

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Today, Rochester Childfirst Network is a multi-faceted agency. It continues as a leader in early education, child care, community outreach and national advocacy for children and their caregivers. The third oldest child care center in the United States, RCN has evolved with the changing needs of society and children into a highly regarded nonprofit early childhood agency, exemplifying excellence, innovation, and putting children first. It touches over 2,000 children and child care givers through accredited programs. Its professional staff of experts allows children to learn though a sense of play. With a focused leading-edge curriculum, its students thrive in a child-friendly nurturing setting surrounded by children of all abilities and cultures.

Senator Joe Robach is a longtime friend to and supporter of the Rochester Childfirst Network and likes to join the teachers and students at least once a year to read to the children. For more information about the Rochester Childfirst Network visit