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Barrett Russell Early Childhood Center

Barret Russell Logo of a happy family

Joanne Camillo, Principal

Welcome to the Barrett Russell Pre-Kindergarten Center. Our school is a wonderful place where preschool children with and without disabilities learn and grow together.

Our dedicated staff of early childhood and special education teachers, specialists and paraprofessionals work together to provide outstanding programs for learning in play and language-based classrooms.

45 Oakdale Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Hours: Pre-K AM Session: 8:20 a.m - 10:40 a.m.
Pre-K PM Session: 12:00 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Full-Day Pre-K: 8:20 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Early Release:
AM Session: 10:40 a.m., PM Session: No Session
Full Day: 10:40 a.m.
TEL. 508-894-4418

FAX 508-894-4577

About Us

The Barrett Russell Early Childhood Center offers ...

  • An environment where children with disabilities learn in the least restrictive setting.
  • A continuum of service from substantially separate special needs classrooms to integrated classrooms where special needs children learn alongside typically developing children.
  • Dually certified teachers, an Occupational Therapist, Speech & Language Pathologists, Physical Therapist, Adapted Physical Education Teacher and a Music Therapist.
  • Curriculum that meets students’ needs in a play-oriented and experiential learning environment.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to the Barrett Russell Early Childhood Center, where children can grow and learn in a safe and secure environment. We are proud of our reputation for excellence earned over many years in the field of early childhood education.

We recognize parents/guardians as their child’s first teacher and encourage them to become an active participant in their child’s education. At the Barrett Russell Early Childhood Center, we strive to make each child’s learning experience rewarding and fulfilling.

Come and take a tour, visit our classrooms and spend some time with us. You will be glad that you did.


Joanne Camillo Principal

School Facts

Barrett Russell Early Childhood Center
45 Oakdale Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Main telephone: 508-894-4418, FAX 508-894-4578

Pre-K SPED AM Session: 8:20 a.m - 10:40 a.m.
Pre-K SPED PM Session: 12:00 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Full-Day Pre-K: 8:20 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Early Release:
AM Pre-K: 10:40 a.m. / PM Pre-K: No session
Full-Day pre-K: 10:40 a.m.

Building & Facilities

Built in 1924, 13 Classrooms, Playground

School Highlights

Special needs children enter the program through the TEAM Evaluation process. Preschool age children are referred by parents, pediatricians or community agencies. Each child is evaluated to determine if a disability exists. Following these assessments the TEAM meeting is held. If the child is determined to have a disability, and is eligible for special education services, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written. Services provided to special needs children are determined by the TEAM and may include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and adapted physical education. The TEAM also determines if a child will benefit from placement in a self contained class, one with special needs children only, or in an integrated class, one with special needs children and typically developing children who serve as peers. Children must be a minimum of three (3) years old to enter the program. Peers are usually three and four years old.

Typically, developing children who serve as peers are screened in late spring to enter school for the following September. Screening is done by appointment only. Children accepted as peers must be toilet trained, separate easily from their parents and have good language and play skills. If more children pass the screening process than there are spaces available, a lottery is held to select the children.

Contact Us

Joanne Camillo : 508-894-4418

Administrative Assistant:
Deniece Hatch: 508-894-4418 | FAX 508-894-4577

School Nurse: 508-894-4539; Fax: 508-894-4578
School Adjustment Counselor: 508-894-4568


Screening is available throughout the school year for preschool children living in Brockton whose parents or guardians have concerns about their speech and language, motor or cognitive development.

Please call 508-894-4418 for more information and a screening appointment.

Childfind Preschool Screening

Santa visiting the Barrett Russell

The above link will take you to the PDF versions of the school brochures. If you would like a copy of a particular brochure mailed to you, please email: