ATTLEBORO — Fall River Diocesan School Superintendent Steve Perla has announced the appointment of Christine Barrett (in photo) as the director of the new Little Flower Early Learning Center, located on Palm Street in Attleboro. The Little Flower Early Learning Center, to open on August 26th, will offer a faith-based, innovative, and affordable childcare program for children from 6 weeks to 3.9 years of age.

Market research indicates that there continues to be a need for high quality childcare where every child is valued, respected and accepted as an individual with unique qualities, needs and patterns of growth.

Christine Barrett is “a lifelong and innovative early childhood education educator, and she will shape an engaging, loving, and quality Center,” said Perla in his announcement of her appointment.

“I truly enjoy meeting the families and children and am so proud and honored to represent this wonderful new endeavor of the Diocese,” shared Barrett. “Early childhood education has been my passion for my entire career, and now I am even more excited to lead a program that infuses age-appropriate faith and educational programs. Children are so inquisitive at these young ages, this is the perfect time to help them learn.”

“The Little Flower Early Learning Center is a wonderful extension of our Catholic school system and we are so honored to have someone of Christine’s faith and extensive early education background to lead this center,” according to Sandi Drummey, who is assistant superintendent of the Catholic Schools Alliance. “Parents will immediately feel comfortable that their child or children will have wonderful care in addition to the academic foundation that will prepare them for Pre-K and Kindergarten.”

The Diocese of Fall River is also pleased to announce the launch of Little Flower’s colorful and whimsical website, This website provides families with the necessary information on the programs available for their children, the academic schedule taught to each classroom of students, as well as very specific goals the center has for each family and child. Recent diocesan market research on Catholic education shows that parents with young children are most interested in a safe and nurturing environment along with the opportunity for character development.

For more information on the Little Flower Learning Center, including tuition rates, please call Christine Barrett at (508) 455-0145. The Center will accept childcare vouchers.

The Catholic Schools Alliance comprises administrators, teachers, staff, parents and clergy joined in partnership to educate the children of the Diocese of Fall River in Catholic faith and values. Fall River Diocesan schools have a demanding educational culture that helps students from across the academic spectrum reach their God-given potential. With an emphasis on service and respect for the dignity of every person, they prepare students to meet the challenges of today’s diverse world and become meaningful contributors to society.

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The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
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