A Letter from our Chairman

There is no more difficult, nor important, a decision parents can make than where to place their children for care and learning in their early years…and rest assured that there is no better place for children to begin their journey than The Children’s Workshop. We are a group of early learning centers created by and run by professionals who are first and foremost parents.  Who better to understand the concerns and needs of the families we serve?

I founded the company in 1990.  At the time I was a small business owner and was seeing many of my employees unable to return to work because they could not find quality, affordable child care. In order to provide this much needed benefit to my staff, I made space available in our office building to create a superior early learning facility.  From these humble beginnings The Children’s Workshop was born. The first center, located in Lincoln RI, opened its doors with only 18 children, but grew to 80 within a matter of months. In fact, my youngest daughter was among the first graduating class of preschoolers!

It quickly became clear that additional high-quality programs were being sought by families throughout the region. The Children’s Workshop now operates 19 centers across Rhode Island and Massachusetts, meeting the educational, emotional and developmental needs of some 1,800 children daily…including my grandchildren, Louis, Molly, David, and Sara - most of whom are pictured here with me and my daughters Maggie Teller and Bailey Kent.  

As parents we operate our early learning centers as we raise our own children – with 2 primary goals in mind: first, we strive to provide a safe environment for the children in our care and second, we try to create fun learning opportunities so that our children will be prepared for the future successes that await them. If you share these goals, then please take a few moments to thumb through these pages to learn more about our programs and get ready to become part of our family “Where learning is child’s play!”

~ Dave MacDonald