21 Burns Drive - Newport News, VA 23601 - (757) 591-4815

Watkins Early Childhood Center

Amy Gulick, Principal


Our Mission: At Watkins Early Childhood Center, are committed to providing a safe and orderly educational environment in which all students can learn, achieve, and grow. Our mission is to educate all students to become enthusiastic, responsible, lifelong learners, and to have a positive impact on the community. Our purpose is to provide the mastery of developmentally appropriate skills, regardless of family background, socioeconomic status, social and emotional behavior, race and gender.

Watkins ECC Stars


Preschool is a voluntary Title I program which provides developmental school-readiness activities for 4 and 5 year olds. Go to Preschool Pre-Enrollment.
Note to Current Preschool Parents: Parents who have children in the Preschool Program DO NOT have to register their children for kindergarten. Since your child is already in the NNPS school system, his or her school records were transferred to the next zoned school in June. It would be a good idea, however, to contact your zoned school to make sure everything is in order for your child to start kindergarten.

Dual Language Immersion

Newport News Public Schools is pleased to host our Dual Language Immersion program at Watkins Early Childhood Center. The program started for PreK in 2014 and continues at Saunders Elementary School, Gildersleeve Middle School, and Menchville High School. Click here to learn more about our program. To apply to the Dual Language program at Watkins, please complete the PreK DLI Online Application.
Las Escuelas Públicas de Newport News se complacen en ofrecer nuestro programa de Doble Inmersión Lingüística en Watkins Early Childhood Center. El programa comenzó para PreK en 2014 y continúa en Saunders Elementary School, Gildersleeve Middle School y Menchville High School. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información sobre nuestro programa. Para aplicar al programa de lenguaje dual en Watkins, por favor complete la solicitud en línea PreK DLI.

NNPS Preschool Program

Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Bus Stops & Zonefinder

Speak Up for Safety: Report safety concerns to speakup@nnschools.org or call 757-765-4440 or click the SpeakUp icon on your Chromebook.