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Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy


Warm smiles. Child-centered spaces. Lively approaches to learning.

Welcome to the Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy, which is accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. The newest addition to Chesterfield County Public Schools offers top-quality classes that our littlest students will love. It’s clear from the moment you enter that this school is designed to delight prekindergartners and encourage them to explore, grow and prepare for kindergarten.

Please apply to the Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy if your student will be 4 years old by Sept. 30 and you live in the Harrowgate, Marguerite Christian, Enon, Elizabeth Scott, Wells, Bensley, Curtis, Ecoff, Salem, Gates, Bellwood or Beulah elementary school zones.

Ms. Lesley Harris


It is my pleasure to serve as principal of the Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy. I have 20 years experience in education and I am excited to be a part of this amazing learning community. I believe that strong parent and community partnerships have a positive impact on student achievement. I believe that providing a safe, nurturing and fun-filled early childhood experience for our students will ensure a positive year in kindergarten. I have a passion for working with teachers and supporting families. I am looking forward to an exciting year and I am ready to set sail with CECLA!

Portrait of Ms. Harris


TWEETS by cecla_pk

Two boys playing on bridge
Female student, dressed in her Halloween costume.
Three students and two teachers outside at book table. Students selecting a book.
Group of students learning with LEGO blocks at a table.
Student getting a high five from a teacher in the distance.
Two students building with LEGO blocks in their classroom.