Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Motivated by our Catholic faith and following the principles of the Montessori method, Hilltop Children’s House provides children with an environment where their natural curiosity, desire for order, longing for beauty, ability to concentrate, and capacity for growth within a society can flourish, so that they might more fully realize their potential as children of God.

Situated in and intended primarily for the children of the hilltops neighborhoods of Steubenville, Ohio, Hilltop Children’s House endeavors to make the life-changing Montessori and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd formation experience available to all regardless of means.

Our Vision

To become a catalyst for growth and flourishing for children in Steubenville, especially among the children of the hilltop neighborhoods.

Our Story and What We're Doing

Hilltop Children’s House, a non-profit 501c3 corporation, was founded by Noëlle and Thomas Crowe in late 2017.

Noëlle moved to the LaBelle neighborhood of Steubenville in 2017 after she and Thomas got married in July 2017. Noëlle has ten years experience working in Montessori environments, primarily through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which is a Catholic religious education program based on the Montessori method. Upon moving to Steubenville, Noëlle immediately began seeking ways to put her skills and training to use in helping to improve the lives of the children, and thereby the families, of Steubenville.

Thomas has lived in the LaBelle neighborhood of Steubenville since 2008 and has long sought a way to have a more significant impact on the city. When he and Noëlle got married in 2017, the opportunity to help her establish a program for the youth of the hilltop neighborhoods became obvious.

The board of directors of the Hilltop Children’s House include others who live in the hilltop neighborhoods of Steubenville with a passion for education and seeking ways to improve the lives of those around them.

Our Montessori Programs

Montessori programs put children in an environment where their natural abilities are nurtured. According to a study by the University of Virginia released in November 2017, Montessori is the only educational method shown to eliminate the income achievement gap.

Maria Montessori, an Italian medical doctor in the first half of the 20th century, developed her theories on childhood education through many years of working with children of all different backgrounds, all around the world. She opened her first children’s house in the slums of Rome, Italy, in 1903, to serve the children living there while their mothers went to work. Learn more about Maria Montessori »

Our “House”

Hilltop Children’s House is presently working toward purchasing the former Christ’s Community Church located at 1300 Maryland Avenue, nestled in the heart of the LaBelle neighborhood. This location makes the Hilltop Children’s House easily accessible to those whom we wish most especially to assist: the families of the hilltop neighborhoods. If you would like to assist us in purchasing this structure and renovating it, support the Hilltop Children’s House Building Fund today »

Friendly Pricing Structure

The average cost of a Montessori program in the state of Ohio is about $8,000. Our goal is to provide our Montessori program for $2,200 per student, with a sliding scale that would reduce this number based on family income. Some families may qualify to send their children for no charge. Support the Annual Fund »