Welcome to the Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center's Important Information

We hope you can join us for this fun family event:

Harvest Bingo Night

Friday, November 17th 

5:30- 7:00 pm  

Johnston High School Cafeteria



Golden Apple Award Recipient!

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Commissioner Wagner and Patricia Wood came to the Early Childhood Center today along with Katie Hayes-Leite (RI Teacher of the Year) to recognize one of our shining stars, Peggy Lessa. Bobby Gondola of Hasbro also attended and presented Peggy with a generous grant for her classroom. 
Mrs. Lessa was nominated by her former students Madison and Sophia Pinheiro who wrote:
Mrs. Lessa is an extraordinary educator. There are not enough words to describe her compassion and dedication. She has her Kindergarten class run Lessa's Lemonade Land. The children apply for the position that they would like to have. She has them fill out a resume of their background and qualifications for the position. Uniforms are made along with turning their classroom into Lessa's Lemonade Land. You could check out the yelp reviews from this year. Mrs. Lessa goes above and beyond to keep these children eager to learn more. She is compassionate. Mrs. Lessa is a one of a kind teacher. I have had two children complete her class and they adored her. She thinks outside the box and tailors the curriculum to the child. Mrs. Lessa makes a big deal of the simple things these children experience in class and the children never forget it. You can ask any student that has had her and I would guarantee they would say she is the best teacher, hands down . The Lemonade stand is just a small piece but it teaches these children real life experience. They even bring home their first paycheck. She has been doing this over twenty years and only has a few more left. Mrs. Lessa needs to be recognized because she is truly someone special. My children recently asked why Mrs. Lessa hasn't received an award for all she does. My response to them was that we can nominate her for an award, so here it is. She is a phenomenal person inside and out and deserves recognition for making such a difference in these little lives.
We are always so proud to have one of our educators highlighted, and Mrs. Lessa
is one of our very best.

ECC Important Information

Orientation Video Link

School Hours: 8:15 am- 2:30 pm

Any student arriving after 8:15 am will be marked tardy and must be signed in at the Early Childhood Center.


Report Cards:


First Trimester ends on November 22, 2017

Report Cards will be issued December 11

Second Trimester ends on March 9, 2018

Report Cards will be issued March 26

Third Trimester ends on June 13, 2018

Report Cards will be issued on the last day of school


ECC Parent-Teacher Conference night is tentatively scheduled for

Tuesday, December 12th (4:30-6:30 pm).

(More information will follow as the night draws closer.)


ECC Vision Statement


The vision of the Early Childhood Center is to prepare all students for the demands of an ever-changing world. We are a team of dedicated teachers, students, parents, staff and community members who share a collective responsibility for student success. Through collaboration and professional development, our teachers are highly qualified providers of rigorous, relevant, and innovative instruction. Our parents and students take an active role in their learning and understand that there are no limits to educational opportunities that prepare ALL students for lifelong learning. Together we set goals, monitor progress and make connections with technology while building positive relationships in a safe, caring environment. 

Click here for information on our Multi-Tier Support System.

Happy Together

Putting the FUN in learning!

A Message from the Principal, Julie-anne Zarrella

  A special thank you to Dr. DiLullo, parents, guardians, teachers, staff, PTO, School Committee and the Johnston community for their devotion to our kindergarteners. 



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,




Neighborhood Peers Program

What is the Neighborhood Peers Program? Check out our Flyer

1st Grade

 Where will my child go when he/she leaves kindergarten for first grade?
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Letter to Students

Here is the letter sent to all Kindergarten Students. Click on the envelope to read.
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