The Cornelia Connelly Center first opened its doors in September of 1993, realizing the dream of its founders to transform the lives of the young girls of the Lower East Side through education.
Connie Bush and Mary Claire Ryan, long-time friends further connected by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, came together to create CCC along with Kathleen Roney, SHCJ.
Combining the educational philosophies of Cornelia Connelly, Foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and a passion for serving the urban poor, the women created a school that remains truly unique.Over 270 girls have completed CCC’s eight-year program in its nearly twenty year history.
The mission of the Cornelia Connelly Center (CCC) is simple, but bold – to transform lives through education. CCC operates an eight-year program on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, serving girls living in poverty. Through Connelly Middle School of the Holy Child (CMS), students in grades five through eight receive a rigorous education focused on their holistic development. The Graduate Support Program (GSP) serves graduates in grades nine through twelve, ensuring their success in high school and pursuit of higher education. Partnering with each student to defy the odds, the Cornelia Connelly Center transforms lives with joyful perseverance and a zealous belief in the potential of all students.