Mission Statement

The mission of FACE Children's Center is to enhance and support children and their families by providing a wholesome and safe day care setting which offers a nurturing and stimulating environment. All parents can be assured that this educational program constantly strives for excellence, maintains high standards of care and employs a committed staff. We were founded in 1969 by members of the Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church. Our name FACE stands for F-Fisk A-Area C-Community E-Endeavor. We are a mission of the Church and as a benefit we do not pay high rental costs for the wonderful space we share with the church.


FACE Children's Center is dedicated to the optimal growth of each child by encouraging them to be themselves and respect the differences and needs of others regardless of race, national origin, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

This is achieved through a non-judgmental, nurturing and supportive environment that fosters cultural diversity, social, artistic and academic potential. A sense of community, positive self-image and joy of learning is enhanced through a strong cooperation between parents, teachers, and administration.

Emphasis is placed on giving each child a firm foundation in the learning process, where trying is a positive experience and decision making is encouraged.

The end goal is that the philosophical basis translates into a happy confident child.



Parents who are interested in enrolling their children in our program must meet with the director. At that time, parents are given a tour of the center and are invited to observe the program when it is in operation. Toilet training status is not an eligibility requirement for enrollment. We serve children aged 2 years nine months up to kindergarten entry age.

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    Christina Busch Cleary, M.S. Ed. Executive Director Christina joined FACE Children's Center in Fall 2021. She is certified as an Infant, Toddler and Preschool Teacher through the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). She is also Director II Certified through EEC and has been a Center Director in both Massachusetts and Ireland. Christina is additionally certified to teacher Pre Kindergarten through 6th grade through the Department of Education. Christina has been a dedicated Early Childhood Educator, Director, Consultant and Advocate for the past 25 years. She believes in the importance of accessible, high quality early education and the value of early childhood educators.

  • Nurse Consultant

    FACE Children's Center employs Anne Ferrari-Greenberg RN, from CPR Services of Ashland Ma. as our health care consultant. She trains the staff in CPR and First Aid and assists in the development of the program's health care policy as directed by the Department of Early Education and Care.

  • Our Teachers

    The teachers at FACE Children's Center are dedicated to creating an open and fun environment for the children. Each class at FACE has three teachers. Please refer to each classroom to learn about the teachers for that class.

Board of Directors

A Board of Directors that sets all policies for the center governs FACE Children's Center. It is a volunteer, advisory group consisting of parents with children attending the center, Fisk church members, and interested members of the community.
The Board of Directors sets goals and objectives for the development of the center. It is responsible for the center's financial and legal operations. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Parents interested in joining should contact the executive director.
The current members of the Board of Directors are:

  • Janis Cail
  • Debbie Friscino
  • Marcia Hoyt
  • Jill Kovatsis
  • Courtney Ford
  • Deborah Towle
  • Barbara Beekman