Holycross Early Childhood Center

Holy Cross Early Childhood Center has served children in the Manchester area for more than 50 years ¨C first as a nursery and kindergarten program, later a readiness program was added.
Today it is a year-round Early Childhood Center. At Holy Cross we serve the whole family.
Our mission includes parenting support, as well as preschool and child care programs.
Balancing work and family life is a challenge. Parents can count on us to be here when snow days cancel the public schools, during school vacation weeks and also during the summer.
Our vision includes bringing state-of-the-art preschool education in math, science, literacy and the arts.
Our vision includes remembering that play is the work of childhood and the most significant avenue for children to prepare themselves for real life.

School Overview

School TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten

Student Body

Total Students35 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Holycross Early Childhood Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers1 teacher
Student : Teacher Ratio35:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school and elementary school to Holycross Early Childhood Center is Robert B Jolicoeur School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Noah's Ark Child Care Center (0.5 miles away)
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This school has so much to offer for such a small program! Kids learn art and the artists like O''keefe, Picasso and Van Gogh. They experience science by making ice cream, raising baby chicks, and they learn about community, respect, and self esteem. All children will do well in this environment but I especially suggest it for a child who is advanced and bored with the confines of a more institutional program.There is no limit to learning here. If a child is ready to read in pre-k they will get one on one assistance doing it, if they are still working on the alphabet that will be on their individual plan. There is a great mix of inside and outside activities plus great relaxation and nap time schedule. Overall parent involvement is very good here but there are not a multitude of fundraisers and forced projects. Parents are encouraged to do as much or as little as they like and most contribute in their own way. Some parents do more field trips, others ace supplying the school with recycled materials. Also to note this school did not close a single snow day last year so if you are relying on the childcare aspect of this program you won't be losing all your vacation days everytime public school is closed and school vacation week programs are lots of fun. The school does a lot of very thoughful things that show their concern for the child and the family. Giving out two diplomas to children from familes where parents live apart for each household is just the first thing I can think of...
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