Educating children. Empowering families. Enriching community.

High quality early childhood education

We partner with parents and guardians to encourage healthier families, build a foundation for lifelong achievement and open doors to a rewarding future.

Our philosophy

Holy Family Day Home provides a developmentally appropriate program of teacher-led and child-initiated activities that meet the needs of the whole child. Central to our program is the belief that children’s self-esteem is based on pride in their culture, appreciation of their feelings, celebration of their uniqueness, and experiences with success. We also believe that the family is the primary influence on the child’s growth and development. It is essential that the families and staff of the Day Home work together as a team. It is through this home/school partnership that we will be able to help each child reach his or her full potential. This commitment to both children and their families is at the core of the Day Home’s philosophy of seeing and caring for the child in his or her total environment.

Holy Family Day Home believes that it is of utmost importance to foster joy and love in the child's heart for learning and school. Play is “the work” of children and is an essential part of growth and expression. It is through play that children learn. We understand and appreciate each child as an individual and encourage cooperation and sharing. We facilitate and foster problem solving and patience through independent thinking. We believe it is essential to provide non-sexist and multi-ethnic images and literature while avoiding stereotypical judgments and aspirations. We encourage love and respect for other life forms that share our earth and promote practices that conserve our planet’s natural resources. We encourage the development of self-esteem for a strong, confident, and healthy child as we work with you in this important partnership.

Infant, Toddler and Preschool Programs

We serve 154 children from all different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. In order to meet the needs of each child, we maintain teacher to child ratios in each classroom that follow the NAEYC best practices.

Age HFDH teacher/child ratio
Infant (3 months through 18 months) 1:3
Toddler (18 months through 30 months) 1:4
Toddler (24 months through 36 months) 1:6
Preschool (3 yrs. through pre-kindergarten) 1:8

We have over 50 highly-qualified teachers and staff members. Additionally (and not included in the ratios above), HFDH is a charter member of the Foster Grandparent Program, which was founded in 1960 and provides trained, committed and compassionate foster grandparents in many of our classrooms.

Educational Goals and Objectives

Our goal is that each child will grow to his/her fullest capacity—physically, socially, cognitively, emotionally and creatively.

Physical Development
  • Through activities that enhance gross and fine motor skills
  • By providing health and safety education
  • By offering health screenings and services
  • By providing nutritionally sound meals and snacks
Social Emotional Development
  • Through interaction with peers and caring adults
  • By providing field trips and exposure to new situations
  • By creating a learning environment which promotes self-worth and encourages self-reliance in accordance with the Pyramid Model (CSEFEL)
  • Through the celebration of diversity and the appreciation of individual differences
Cognitive Development
  • By providing developmentally appropriate language, math, science, and small motor activities
  • By using challenging and stimulating toys and games
  • Through encouragement of natural curiosity
Emotional Development
  • By encouraging sharing and cooperation
  • By helping children understand and identify their emotions and express them appropriately
  • By helping children gain independence, self-control and a strong sense of self
Creative Development
  • Through exploration of music, drama, movement and art
  • Through the awareness of the beauty of the indoor and outdoor environment
  • By encouraging self-expression

Program Model

The Pyramid Model provides the best learning environment for our children. Holy Family Day Home adopted this approach after our teaching and administrative staff completed a full year on-site training program, and training continues on a regular basis. This teaching model builds positive relationships between teachers and children, as well as with families and other professionals in order to ensure the social, emotional, and behavioral development of each child. It is our goal to ensure positive, trusting and open relationships with our children so they will feel valued, have a positive self-concept and self-confidence, and therefore, be well equipped to get along well with others in their environment. Another benefit of implementing this teaching model is that many of the elementary schools also use the same approach, so our children start kindergarten familiar with the teaching style.

Continuity of Care

To ensure our children receive the highest level of care possible, we also implement the Continuity of Care practice. Starting in our Infant classrooms, the children remain in the same classroom with the same caregivers and fellow students for three consecutive years. As the children grow older, the caregivers modify the environment to accommodate the children’s changing developmental needs. The better a caregiver knows a child, the less dramatic the child has to be to get their needs met, the children start to see them as a secure base, which allows their independence and sense of self to emerge, and the children build the trust necessary to learn, grow, discover, and explore.