The Manzer Family Early Childhood Center

Colette Elser joins the Early Childhood Center as Preschool Teacher
Colette graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Early Childhood Development/Elementary Education.  Colette has previously worked with Head Start as an Early Head Start home visitor until 2012.  Following this position, Colette focused her time on her family and family farming operation as a stay-at-home mom. Colette’s husband Tim is a farmer and they have three kids; Sarah (sophomore at Spencer High School and graduate of Sacred Heart), Lucas (6th grade), and Kate (4th grade).  Read more...



Early Chi
ldhood Center Named for The Manzer Family
A Spencer, Iowa, family’s gift to Sacred Heart Catholic School and Parish helped the parish to create a new early childhood center. Sacred Heart is blessed to receive this generous donation from the Manzer family.


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ECC December Construction


Why Sacred Heart?
The Sacred Heart Early Childhood Program is an early learning program, under the umbrella of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). A certified, trained individual will serve as the director of the program with oversight from school administration. All childcare personnel will have the training necessary to meet or exceed DHS requirements, with the expectation to be Christian role models for the children. 

Class sizes are limited by state guidelines to 16 three-year-old children and 12 two-year-old children per classroom. The Center will have two classrooms for each age group and can accommodate a total of 56 children.

The Early Childhood Center will operate year round, including dates when school is not in session for staff in-service or inclement weather. The Center will be closed for New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4
th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Center will be open during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, however, availability times for Thanksgiving Friday, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will be determined annually. 

For more information on the Sacred Heart Early Childhood Center call (712) 262-6428