Our Programs

Holy Cross programs strive to meet the needs of our ever changing and diverse community and have changed many times over the years.  We are excited to bring you a wonderful school full of dedicated, faith-filled teachers who put the needs of the child and family first.  Below you will find a list of programs that we offer currently at Holy Cross Early Learning Center.

Ages: 2-3 yrs. old
Meets: Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00 pm
                (1 – 5 day options)

First Step is designed to instill an early love of learning.  The program introduces children to the school environment while developing a healthy separation from their caregivers.  Our curriculum follows the seasonal calendar through educational projects incorporating art, music, and crafts.  Through experiential learning, students will learn important social skills such as sharing, listening, and expressing their thoughts through words.  Children will begin building the essentials, such as fine and gross motor skills, as well as letter, number and shape recognition.  This program really is the first step to a caring, holistic learning experience.

Ages: 3-4 years old
Meets: Monday-Friday 9:00a-12:00p
                  (2 – 5 day options)

Our Level I program provides children the opportunity to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  Routines are established early on to foster their sense of security and self-discipline.  Throughout the year, children explore colors, shapes, science and nature.  Their literacy foundation skills are taught through an introduction to letters and numbers, as well as exposure to good literature.  Fine motor skills are developed through the use of table top manipulatives, sensory tables, puzzles, and daily crafts using scissors and writing utensils.  the students’ gross motor skills grow through song and dance as well as playground time and yoga/tumble.  Students are engaged in daily playtime to foster important skills such as sharing, listening, communicating and cooperating.  The goal of a Level I program is to enrich the children and prepare them with the proper skills needed to be successful in Level II.

Ages: 4-5 years old
Meets: Monday – Friday 9:00a- 12:30p

             (3 – 5 day options)

Our Level II program provides students with a caring, creative, and structured learning environment that fosters development of the whole child and prepares them for the rigors of Kindergarten.  Students will use the established program “Handwriting Without Tears” which teaches children printing and letter recognition in a gentle, age-appropriate manner.  Our phonics and whole language activities help children begin reading and writing simple sentences.  Mathematical concepts are explored through work with standard and non-standard measurements, number lines, simple graphs and charts.  Students practice with counting, sequencing, patterning, and puzzles.   This class incorporates a multi-sensory approach to learning where art, music and dance also come into play.    Level II also features hand-on science experiments and exploration into the world of animals and plants.  Like every class at Holy Cross, Level II: Pre-K is a family that encourages every person to discover and grow.  Between our everyday curriculum, themed days and fun events, such as our Christmas play, International Night and graduation performance, children look forward to coming to school daily.

Our musical handbell program is geared for Level II children and is led by our School Director, Carrie Bryant-Render. Level II Children will learn music through both song and handbells and will then perform during our Christmas and End of Year Graduation Programs. Our handbell program helps the children not only gain musical skills like tone, melody, harmony and rhythm, but also promotes skills such as following directions, listening, working as a team and hand-eye coordination.


Ages: 4-5 years old
Meets: Monday – Friday Afternoons
            12:30 Lunch / 1:00 – 3:30p class

             (2 – 5 day options)
This exciting program extends the day and enriches your child’s learning to reinforce the Level II: Pre-K curriculum.  It provides a challenge to those who are capable of more advanced concepts and gives extra focus to those who need more practice.  Classes focus on increasing literacy skills, understanding mathematical concepts and gaining an appreciation of art and science.  Through a multi-sensory approach, teachers will focus on improving students’ fine and gross motor skills, in addition to encouraging students to step out of their comfort zones and be confident.  Students are always excited to attend Enrichment and parents are amazed at their children’s improvement in just a few extra hours a week!

Our Lunch Bunch Program is available after class from 11:30-3:30 to provide your child with an extended day of play, socialization, crafts, fun and more. Pack your child’s lunch and extend your day for only $15.00 per hour.  (Lunch bunch subscription is available at a lower hourly rate.)


On Wednesdays, we host a special themed Lunch Bunch that offers a craft and special snack for the children. Cost for this program is $15 per hour plus a $5.00 supply fee. RSVP’s must be received by Tuesday @2pm via email following the group email sent out every Monday.  Lunch Bunch subscription for Special Wednesday Lunch Bunch is also available for every Wednesday at a cost savings.

Prerequisite – Level II: Pre-K or similar program
Meets: Monday-Friday 9:00a – 2:00p
(3 – 5 day options)

Research shows that there is a greater readiness for kindergarten in children who receive a high-quality early education.  Our Transitional Kindergarten program provides students many opportunities to develop both intellectually and socially.  By giving the students the “gift of time”, we are able to support their growth through group lessons as well as individualized instruction.  The curriculum is based on themed units of study where students learn literacy and math skills.  Each unit also incorporates science where students will employ the scientific method and others to solve problems an think critically.  We strive to present creative lessons to encourage phonological awareness and increase understanding of mathematical concepts, letter and word recognition, and vocabulary.  All lessons are age and developmentally appropriate and focus on improved student outcomes.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 and the state's guidelines and restrictions our extracurricular activities are not allowed and will resume as soon as these restrictions are lifted.

Extra Curricular Activities

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to enhance your child’s educational experience with a variety of extra curricular activities.  These activities are designed specifically for the early child by quality professionals from around our community.  After their morning class any children participating in an extra curricular will go directly to lunch bunch to eat.  They will then be picked up and brought to another room for their activity by their instructor at the appropriate time.   To sign your kids up please click the button below or visit our registration page.

Full Day Options Available – Students can stay until 3:30 PM or 6:00 PM 

  • first step= 2’s turning 3
    level 1= 3’s turning 4
    level 2= 4’s turning 5
    transitional= 5’s turning 6

Information will be given out during the first week of school and add in that programs typically run from the last week of September through June.

Ms. Carrie will teach your child different styles of dance including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater and Song & Dance, through our combination dance classes. Ms. Carrie is an industry professional and has 20+ years experience teaching all varieties of dance. These classes are offered for both boys and girls, and are age specific.  There will be 2 performances each year – our Holy Cross Christmas Show and the end of year Graduation.

Dance will run the school year and the cost will be $50/ month for 10 months (September – June).  The registration is included in tuition cost.  Forms will be available in September at the start of each school year.

First Step & Level I (ages 2 -4)
​   12:00-12:30 pm

Level II (ages 4-5)  
   12:45-1:30 pm

Teddy Tennis is a comprehensive curriculum based tennis program specifically designed for children age 2-6 years old (First Step – Kindergarten). It works by combining music, pictures, teddy bear stories, and stickers into a totally interactive learning adventure that young children love.  They will cover a combination of skills including movement, racket handling, hand/eye coordination, and social interaction. For more information visit their website at teddytennis.com/bergencounty or read their parents guide.

First Step & Level I (ages 2 1/2-4)
​   12:00-12:45 pm

Level II (ages 4-5)  12:45-1:30 pm

Ms. Dominique is a Music Education major and professional.  She has taught piano to Holy Cross students since 2012.  She teaches children to read music, love music and be confident with themselves as well as during performances.  She holds two piano recitals annually.  Cost is $15 per 15 minute private lesson and times are worked out with each individual family.

This program is geared for Level II children and is led by our School Director, Carrie Bryant-Render. Level II Children will learn music through both song and handbells and will then perform during our Christmas and End of Year Graduation Programs.  Our handbell program helps the children not only gain musical skills like tone, melody, harmony and rhythm, but also promotes skills such as following directions, listening, working as a team and hand-eye coordination.

Soccer Shots to be providing instruction in Soccer beginning in the Spring 2021. Check back for updates!

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