About Us


The Holway Early Childhood Centers at Lasell University offer two types of programs for young children. Rockwell is the Nursery School on campus providing a morning program (extended day available) for children starting at 2 years 9 months through 6 years of age. The Barn is a full day Child Care program serving children 3 months through 5 years of age. Both Centers are laboratory schools, which mean that there is active participation by Lasell's Early Childhood Education students and staff, as well as, many other departments on campus (e.g. Psychology and Sociology). Both Rockwell and The Barn are located on the campus of Lasell College. Although these programs work cooperatively, and follow many of the same policies they are considered separate Centers on the Lasell College campus. This handbook deals specifically with The Barn and its policies and procedures.

What the Holway Child Study Center has to offer the child:

  • A warm, loving, and safe environment for children where they will be comfortable and happy while being away from their own home
  • Opportunities for being with other children in a setting conducive to the development of wholesome social relationships
  • Assistance to children in developing a feeling of self-confidence
  • Appropriate play and learning experiences that contributes to the developmental needs of the individual children in the program

What the Holway Child Study Center has to offer the parent:

  • Early childhood education and care for the child while the parents pursue their own work
  • Opportunities to meet with other parents and educators who have as their common concern the interest and needs of the child
  • Opportunities to grow in the understanding of child development through daily contacts with Barn staff and workshops offered by the Barn


Operational Hours
The Barn is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Enrollment Procedures
Families must submit an application form with a $30 application fee, which is non‑refundable. Once application and fee are received, families will receive a confirmation letter acknowledging their application to the Barn. The Barn holds an annual Open House every October for perspective parents, as well as, offers small group tours once a month. All parents are strongly encouraged to tour the Barn and obtain a copy of the Parent Handbook before enrolling.

Special Accommodations
If any specific accommodations or special equipment are required the parent must submit this request in writing to the Director at least 60 days prior to enrollment into the Barn. The Director will review the request for accommodations and will notify the parent(s) in writing within 30 days if the accommodation(s) can be met. Should the request be denied, the parents have the right to a review of the decision by the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC). Should the Barn not be able to provide appropriate care for the child, the Barn will provide the parents with referrals to other services. If service is provided, the Barn will notify the local special education provider for assistance. The Lead Educator is responsible for scheduling a follow‑up conference with the Special Education provider and the parent regarding the child’s progress.

The Lead Educator and co-educators within the child’s classroom may contact the agency or service provider, who is assigned to work with the child, for information and assistance with written parental consent. If no agency or service is involved the child’s progress will be reviewed within (3) months.

The Lead Educator will keep the Director informed of all children who may potentially be in need of a referral. A list of referral agencies is available to the parents and educators. This information is kept on file by the Director. No referral is to be made to a parent without first notifying the Director. Written parental consent must be given before any referral is made.

Each Fall, families currently enrolled in the Barn will be given priority to re-enroll their child for the upcoming year according to their current contracted days. As far as changing ones contracted days to add or change days enrolled, priority is given to children of faculty/staff at Lasell College and to siblings of present/past Barn students. Decisions for admission are made by the Program Director.

Admission and Contracts
On acceptance, a family must sign a contract with a non-refundable deposit to hold the opening in the program. This deposit is applied to the first month's tuition for that year.

If your child is withdrawn before the end of the contract period, responsibility for tuition continues until the Barn can fill the vacancy. The Barn will not attempt to fill slots that are vacated in July and August. The Barn will attempt to fill these slots for the start of the new contract year in September. Parents will remain responsible for the tuition for their child’ slot until it is filled.

Tuition and Billing Policy
Tuition is payable on the first of the month, payments are delinquent if not made by the fifth of the month. The Barn does not remit bills. Parents must schedule payments without reminders. If extra days are needed, and are available, an extra day fee is charged. Parents requesting extra day should make the request one week prior to the day needed. There is no reduction in fee, make-ups or switching of contracted days due to absences.

Responsibility for tuition begins in September of the contract year. If a child entering the Barn is not developmentally or chronologically ready to begin in their classroom by September, parents are still responsible for the tuition since the space is being held for their child.

The Barn has a modest scholarship for those families that qualify. Parents are encouraged to apply each spring for the next contract year. Scholarship decisions are made by the Director.

Behavior Management Policy
Our program is designed with the hope of instilling inner guidance in each child by creating a warm, nurturing atmosphere in which children can grow to be self-sufficient. We strive to help the children express their anger verbally rather than physically. Our goal is to help them behave in acceptable ways by preventing disciplinary situations when possible and by increasing a child's feeling of self-worth.

We strive to prevent disciplinary situations whenever possible. Listed below are the guidelines that the Barn follows:

  • Verbally reward behavior that is acceptable
  • Analyze the situation, if the undesirable behavior persists try to redirect the behavior
  • Emphasize the positive rather than the negative
  • Give choices whenever possible
  • Prepare children ahead of time when transitions are necessary
  • Avoid unnecessary situations that reduce children's feelings of satisfaction
  • Have specific classroom rules and be sure all children are aware of them.
  • Plan ahead and anticipate situations
  • Keep children engaged to avoid situations that lead to misbehavior

When disciplinary measures are necessary, we take the following steps:

  • Discuss the behavior and then redirect the child to another activity
  • Calmly and confidently remove the child if the behavior persists
  • Wait for the child's to decide they are able to return to the activity
  • Support the child's return to the activity to encourage success

We are committed to providing a warm and respectful learning environment where we nourish emotional growth. We acknowledge that any redirecting of a child must be carried through clearly and with respect.

As stated by the Department of Early Education and Care, we understand that physical punishment or isolation of a child is not acceptable treatment. It is also understood that no child shall be punished or in any way humiliated for soiling or wetting his or her clothing and that the denial of food or water is in no way acceptable. Additionally, no child will be forced to eat or use the toilet.