Sisters of Holy Cross Newsletter - Summer/Fall 2022 Issue

Holy Cross Early Childhood Center

by Sister Louise Auclair, CSC

The Sisters of Holy Cross founded Holy Cross Kindergarten in 1959 to serve the children and families of greater Manchester. The goals of the program were to foster the children’s physical growth, their religious and emotional development, their intellectual curiosity, healthy interpersonal relationships, and social etiquette. The original group consisted of eight children who were five-years-old, and the mission was to provide an outstanding education to prepare them for Grade 1.

As the needs of the community changed, the kindergarten became Holy Cross Early Childhood Center (HCECC). What was once an academic program only for kindergartners is now a developmentally appropriate program for ages 3-7 years old focusing on the uniqueness of each child in his/her social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. Today, it is open 50 weeks per year, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. HCECC is a NH Licensed Program, by the NH Child Care Licensing Unit, a Licensed Plus Program by the NH Child Development Bureau, and recently received certification as a Nature Explore Classroom. Our Program is an ongoing evolution as we continue to create a natural outdoor learning experience that is as important as our indoor classrooms.

Congratulations to Holy Cross Early Childhood Center for having received certification as a Nature Explore Classroom. The Nature Explore goal is to help nature become an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning and connect children and families to the wonders of nature.

Holy Cross Early Childhood Center is on the perimeter of the city of Manchester. Families and children are grateful for our green grass, trees and natural surroundings. Families comments include. . . “Our children are gaining skills, knowledge and a shared value of nature and rich learning throughout the year.”

The Sisters of Holy Cross, families, children and staff work together to create this beautiful place we call Holy Cross Early Childhood Center.

Additional articles in this issue:

  • St. Joseph the Worker Award
  • Thank You to our Benefactors
  • Meet Stefanie Osiek, Holy Cross Health Center Administrator
  • 2022 Jubilarians
  • In Loving Memory
  • Memorial Donation Acknowledgements

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In 2017 we celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the three feminine branches of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Our hearts overflow with gratitude and humility to the God of our Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows, and to our Founder, Basil Moreau, who has entrusted us with the mission of "Liberation through Education."

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