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Our mission is to enrich the lives of children with complex medical and developmental needs, support their families, and collaborate with other community providers to build a continuum of care.

How Cedarcrest serves our community

Cedarcrest is proud to be Northern New England’s provider of short and long term care for children and youth—infant to young adults, who need 24/7 advanced medical care. For more than 75 years, Cedarcrest has cared for children and youth from NH, ME and VT with high-risk medical diagnoses and multiple disabilities including broncho-pulmonary dysplasia, seizure disorders, neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and other related conditions.

Cedarcrest specializes in care for children and youth needing respiratory therapy including high-tech support for children who are ventilator-dependent, those on biPap or Cpap, or oxygen dependent.We have professional caregivers who are able to provide ventilator-weaning services, tracheostomy care and who have experience with capping, downsizing and decannulation.

Cedarcrest provides short and long term residents with individual attention and professional expertise in a warm, home-like setting, and a supportive environment for families.

The Cedarcrest School is a New Hampshire Approved Special Education Program, providing comprehensive, year-round special education services to 23 residential and day students with significant cognitive impairments and complex medical and therapeutic needs.

Believing that all students learn and grow, the Cedarcrest School educators devote themselves to delivering a high-quality educational program. Each student’s dedicated, interdisciplinary team develops personalized programs based on individual developmental levels and the unique educational, social, and medical needs of each student.

Therapy Services: Cedarcrest offers a full range of pediatric physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy and evaluation services. Our staff therapists work with parents, physicians, school district staff, clinics, and agencies to ensure well-rounded therapeutic experiences that carry over into other aspects of a child’s life.

Professional Nurse education opportunities: Nursing students from a number of regional colleges receive educational opportunities through clinical rotations and observation.

Community engagement and involvement is very important and beneficial for everyone at Cedarcrest. They enable residents and students to be active members of their local community providing opportunities for the children and youth to interact with their peers, which is not only fun but expands their learning and social skills. Community engagement can take many forms such as field trips and participation in extracurricular programs such as NHDI and Unified Basketball.

Walk & Roll Fundraiser: For many years, this popular fundraiser has helped raise money to support the important work Cedarcrest does and services they provide to our community. This noncompetitive 2.1 mile event offers people with all levels of mobility the chance to participate on foot, in strollers or wheelchairs.

  • Founded


  • Leadership

    Jay Hayston, LP.D. President/CEO

  • Number of Employees

    98 (full and part time)

  • Number of Volunteers


  • “My daughter has been a resident at Cedarcrest since 2010. It is a great facility with a very caring staff that is like family. What I particularly like is the way they involve the children with hands-on activities and invite their families to participate in wonderful events together. Their love of the children is apparent. They help them to achieve their very best and for that, I am extremely grateful!”

    —Lacey Parris