Chamber Connections BLOG
Chamber Connections BLOG
The Children’s Workshop is a family owned business that started in 1990. David MacDonald wanted quality childcare for his employees, but couldn’t find it. So, he decided to open his own, the first one being in Lincoln RI. The Children’s Workshop Warren was his seventh purchase and we have grown to 19 total locations. Today his daughters Maggie Teller and Bailey Kent have taken over the day to day of running the business.
The Warren center continues our mission of high quality education and care having been Bright Stars rated and NAEYC accredited. The Children’s Workshop believes that elementary is too late to start your child’s education. We follow the R.I Early Learning Standards as one part of our curriculum frameworks. The most crucial years of development is the first 5 years of life, we prepare your child’s education not only for school but for the rest of their lives.
Providing families with infant care all the way through before/after school and school vacation care. Families enroll in the Warren center when their child is as young as six weeks old and become part of the Warren family until their children turn13 in our school age classroom. This is so important for the continuity and the consistency of their education and care.
The Director Abbie Jo Francis is a lifetime Warren resident. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood. Abbie-Jo has been working at the Warren center for 15 years. You will find that our teachers have longevity, hold degrees, and continue to pursue professional development. All teachers at the Warren center are also CPR and First Aid certified. Kayla Arruda one of our teachers in the Warren center, sits on The Children’s Workshop’s education committee, as well as the RIAEYC’s Young Leaders Community of Practice. As part of this organization, Kayla will help to influence the future of the early childhood education field, help the organization recruit more members, strengthen the retention and engagement of other young professionals, and advocate for Rhode Island’s youngest children.
Our curriculum does not come out of a box, it is based on the emergent curriculum and we target their interest, so they develop a love of learning. The Warren Center has large separate playgrounds for individual age groups and outdoor activities. We have a robust summer program with built in swimming pool and certified life guards. We offer Knuckle Bones gross motor activities, and a music program by Rob Coyne located in Warren also. These programs are included in your tuition.
The Warren Children’s Workshop is open 5 days a week from 6:30am-6:00p. We are located at 410 Child Street in Warren RI. Give us a call at 401-247-2503 to schedule a visit we guarantee you are going to love us.