Welcome to the Early Childhood Center



Dear Kindergarten Families,

On behalf of the Early Childhood Center (ECC) faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you and your child to the 2018-19 school year.   Mrs. Julie-anne Zarrella, our previous principal, has been promoted to Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum Director. We congratulate Mrs. Julie-anne Zarrella and thank her for her continued support and dedication to the students and families in the Johnston Public Schools.  We will forever be grateful for her legacy while Principal of the Early Childhood Center.

My name is Keri Autiello, and I am honored to serve as the new Principal of the Early Childhood Center.  I have been an educator for over twenty years in the Johnston Public Schools, eleven of these have been at the ECC.  It will be an exciting transition from Student Support Coordinator to Principal of the Early Childhood Center. As August 29th quickly approaches, I am energized and committed to making a positive difference in your child’s education. Together, we will accomplish this by continuing to set high academic expectations and to provide supports to assure that ALL students have equal opportunities.

The teachers and staff of the ECC are dedicated to working with our families and community to ensure that our students reach the highest levels of academic excellence. Through ongoing collaboration and open communication, we support our students in growing socially, emotionally, and academically.  

Please feel free to contact me to share positive feedback, or any concerns that you may have.  Working together as a team will lead to resolutions that will support ALL students. I look forward to welcoming each new ECC family. Our partnership will ensure that the Early Childhood Center is meeting your educational expectations.   

Our Kindergarten Getting to Know Me Day will be held on the “first day” of school, Wednesday, August 29, 2018, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. at the Early Childhood Center. You will soon be receiving more information from your child’s classroom teacher to schedule a time for your visit. The Getting to Know Me Day is not a full day of school, but rather a way to get your child’s feet wet with you by his or her side. Your session will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Please arrive on time that day. There will be an informational video for parents and students before speaking with your child’s Kindergarten teacher. You will also be able to obtain information regarding food services, bus transportation, and our school PTO.   If you wish to volunteer at the school, you may complete a state background check, or BCI as it is referred to, as well. For the BCI to be completed, you will need to have your driver’s license and a $5.00 check made out to BCI (or a money order for $5.00).

We are all looking forward to meeting our Kindergarteners and parents.  If you and your child are unable to attend on the 29th, and would like the informational materials, please reach out to your child’s teacher or our school clerk, Tina Brodeur, (401.233.0054 extension 2460 or at tbrodeur@johnstonschools.org ). Remember, the first FULL day of school for Kindergarten students is Thursday, August 30, 2018.  The ECC school hours are 8:15 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child.  On behalf of the ECC faculty, we welcome your involvement and participation in our great school and look forward to working with you and your child as we strive toward a successful 2018-19 school year.


Ms. Keri L. Autiello, M.Ed.
Principal, Early Childhood Center


Estimadas familias de Kindergarten

10 Memorial Ave, Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 233-0054, Fax (401) 233-0081
Ms. Keri L. Autiello, Principal


14 agosto 2018

Estimadas familias de Kindergarten,

De parte de los maestros y personal del Early Childhood Center (ECC), es un placer darles la bienvenida a Ud. y a su hijo(a) al año escolar 2018-19.  La Sra. Julie-anne Zarrella, nuestra directora anterior, ha tomada la posición de Asistente al Superintendente/Directora de Currículo. Felicitamos a la Sra. Julie-anne Zarrella y le damos las gracias por su apoyo y dedicación a los estudiantes y familias en las Escuelas Públicas de Johnston.  Estaremos siempres agradecidos por el legado que ella dejó mientras fue Directora del Early Childhood Center

Mi nombre es Keri Autiello, y tengo el honor de servir como la nueva Directora del Early Childhood Center.  He sido educadora por más de veinte años en Johnston, once de estos han sido en el ECC. Será una transición emocionante de Coordinadora de Apoyo Estudiantil a Directora del Early Childhood Center.  Mientras se acerca el 29 de agosto, estoy comprometida en hacer una diferencia positiva en la educación de su hijo(a). Juntos, lograremos esto por continuar en tener altas expectativas académicas, y por proveer apoyo para asegurar que TODOS nuestros estudiantes tienen las mismas oportunidades.

Los maestros y personal del ECC están dedicados a trabajar con nuestras familias y comunidad para asegurar que nuestros estudiantes logren los más altos niveles de excelencia académica.  Por medio de colaboración continua y comunicación abierta, nosotros apoyamos a nuestros estudiantes a crecer socialmente, emocionalmente, y académicamente.

Por favor siéntase en libertad de contactarme para compartir cualquier cosa positiva o cualquier preocupación que tenga. Trabajando juntos podemos llegar a resoluciones que apoyan a TODOS los estudiantes.  Anhelo poder darle la bienvenida a cada familia nueva del ECC. Nuestro apoyo mutuo asegurará que el Early Childhood Center satisfaga todas sus expectativas educacionales.

El día de “Getting to Know Me” (Ven a Conocerme) será el “primer día” de clases, miércoles, 29 de agosto, 2018, entre las horas de 8:15 a.m. a 11:15 a.m. en el Early Childhood Center.  Estará recibiendo más información prontamente de la maestra de su hijo(a) para fijar una hora para su visita. “Getting to Know Me Day” no es un día completo de clases, más bien una manera de introducirle la escuela a su hijo con Ud. a su lado.  Su sesión será de aproximadamente 30-45 minutos.

Por favor llegue a tiempo ese día.  Habrá un video informativo para padres y estudiantes antes de hablar con la maestra de su hijo(a).  También podrá obtener información sobre los servicios de comida, transportación de bus, y la organización de Padres y Maestros (PTO).  Si desea trabajar como voluntario en la escuela, puede completar una revisión de antecedentes penales del estado o BCI, también. Para completar el BCI necesitará su licencia y un cheque de $5.00 hecho a BCI o giro postal de $5.00.

Estamos ansiosos de conocer nuestros estudiantes de Kindergarten y sus padres.  Si Ud. y su hijo(a) no puede asistir el 29, y quiere los materiales informativos, favor de contactar a la maestra de su hijo o la secretaria, Tina Brodeur, (401.233.0054 ext. 2460 o a su correo electrónico tbrodeur@johnstonschools.org ). Recuerde, el primer día COMPLETO para estudiantes es jueves, 30 de agosto, 2018.  Las horas de escuela del ECC son 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Gracias por encomendarnos a su hijo(a).  De parte de toda la facultad del ECC, esperamos que se involucre y participe en nuestra gran escuela y esperamos trabajar con Ud. y su hijo(a) para tener un año escolar 2018-2019 muy exitoso.



Ms. Keri L. Autiello, M.Ed.

Principal, Early Childhood Center




10 Memorial Ave, Johnston, RI 02919
Phone: (401) 233-0054   Fax (401)233-0081

                        Ms. Keri L. Autiello                         

Tina  Brodeur
Lori Autiello
Ext. 2476


School Notes



If your child is showing any signs of illness or has a fever greater than 100, please keep your child home. If he/she becomes ill at school, please be available or have a designated person to pick up your child in a timely manner. Please keep all emergency contact numbers updated.

Please refer to the Kinder Handbook for any questions regarding illness at school. 
Please contact the nurse with any other medical questions or concerns.    

Please note the following:
  • Notify the school if your child is absent. 
  • A doctor’s note is required after 3 consecutive days.
  • Refer to the JPS District Wellness Policy, NO food is to be brought or sent in to school for celebration or classroom activities.  We must be cautious with different allergies we have in our student population.  Any celebration/activity that may include a snack or treat, Aramark Food Service will be consulted and notice for permission will be sent home by the teacher.
  • Dress children for upcoming weather, appropriate outerwear should be worn. Children may go outdoors for recess, PE class, classroom activities and fire/evacuation drills.              
  • Please keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack for spills, accidents or playground incidents.


Thank you,




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