Early Childhood Program

2020-2021 Early Childhood Registration Packet

Play Learn and Grow TogetherHarrison Early Childhood ProgramKids

3 and 4 year old Preschool and Kindergarten registration is going on now
by appointment only. Please call the Residency office
to schedule your appointment at 973-268-7821 / 973-268-7825.

Harrison Preschool Information Flyer

Información para Harrison Preescolar

See pictures of PRESCHOOL IN PROGRESS below.

English Language Learners (ELL)

We highly encourage parents to continue speaking their native language at home. Bilingualism is a valuable asset for all children. We recognize the importance of supporting both home language and second language development.Developing fluency in more than one language not only enhances children’s academic skills but also prepares our students for the increasingly diverse world in which we live. Knowing more than one language is a skill to be valued and encouraged. Research shows that continuing to develop your child’s native language does not interfere with the acquisition of English. It actually facilitates the process!


Anti-Bullying Specialist


No Bullying Early Childhood Anti-Bullying Specialist Be An Ally

Mrs. MaryAnn Capobianco
Early Childhood
(973) 268-5851

Need to Report Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying - Click Here to find all that you need!
Click Here to read the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy

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Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Early Childhood Department is to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all preschool children.

In support of this mission, the Early Childhood Program does the following:

  • Provides assistance for the achievement of the state Early Childhood Standards through professional development, support of programs, and guidance in the effective use of technology;
  • Provides a health care program which addresses each individual student;
  • Maintains a strong partnership with the community and its resources;
  • Establishes a strong commitment to parents and family support; and
  • Embraces multicultural issues and diversity.
The Harrison School District accomplishes this mission by providing certified personnel in all areas of the Early Childhood Program.


Please click on link below for up-to-date Preschool information

Harrison Early Childhood Preschool Education

Harrison Early Childhood Preschool Education

Welcome Letter

Harrison Public School district offers a research-based developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum. Our intensive high-quality program includes all the essential ingredients for an effective preschool education such as limited class size, sufficient space and organized developmentally appropriate activities. Our program also maximizes family involvement through a strong home and school connection.

Harrison’s preschool program is currently provided by one in-district classroom and five private learning centers in town. All classrooms are monitored by the district’s Early Childhood department that has the ultimate responsibility for the implementation of our preschool program.

Any resident of Harrison who has a child that has turned 3 years of age by Oct 1 is eligible for a terrific head start in school success for their child.  

Early Childhood Staff

Director: JoAnn Dignazio-Botch

School Nurse: Eileen Gilgallon

EC Facilitators:
Maryann Capobianco, Maria Silva, Anne Marie Zarbetski

Pre-School Intervention Specialist: PIRT Team

Speech Pathologist/Early Intervention/PSCD Case Manager: Larissa Canova

Secretary: Vera Da Silva

Fiscal Specialist: Yahaira Torres

EC In-district teacher: Elizabeth Markowski

EC In-district aides: Lyn Scocco, Pegeen Haines and Wilder Otayza



Nurse's Notes

Welcome to Harrison's Early Childhood Nurse's Notes

NurseMrs. Eileen Gilgallon RN CSN is here to provide for your child's medical needs during school hours in accordance with district policy, and NJ State Law.

Screenings are conducted annually (height, weight, BP, vision and hearing) for all students.
6A: 16-2.2 Required Student Medical Exam
Each student must be examined upon entry into the school district. This examination must be done no more than 365 days prior to entry and must state what, if any, modifications are required for full participation in the pre-school program.
18 MONTHS - 4 YEARS 4 doses of DTaP, 3 doses of polio, one dose of MMR, at least one dose of Hib if initiated after first year of life, one dose of varivax or letter from PMD stating date of disease, at least one dose of pneumococcal vaccine if initiated after first year of life.
Lead screening every year up to age 6 (per statute of Harrison Board of Health), and finally a record of a mantoux screening.
A flu vaccine is required for every child by December of that school year.
Young children's diets need special care and planning to ensure the development of strong bones and teeth, firm muscles and healthy tissue. Proper nutrition also contributes to good health and protects against every day illness.
It is necessary for each pre-school center to implement a healthy food policy for ALL lunches and snacks sent to school.
Unhealthy foods will not be served to children during school hours.
Early food and eating experiences are the foundation for the formulation of attitudes about food, eating behavior, and consequently, food habits.
Culturally acceptable family foods is a dietary goal for feeding your children, and strongly encouraged.
All medication policies of each center are developed to comply with state law. Please consult with the Director of your chosen school to arrange for medication administration.
I am always available for consultation and assistance for special needs and concerns. Please feel free to contact me.
Please keep your school updated with any illness or immunizations your child receives.
We welcome your input as partners in your child's health and education and we look forward to a healthy happy school year.
Eileen Gilgallon, RN, CSN

PreSchool in Progress

Enjoy our pictures of your children below.
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