My daughter Caroline is 4 years old and attends The Children’s Workshop in North Attleboro. I want you to know how pleased I am with TCW North Attleboro. As a parent, childcare is the most important decision to make. As a single, working mother, I feel that it takes on even more importance.
Caroline has been in home daycares and I initially resisted the idea of a childcare center. I feared that she wouldn’t have the emotional connection with her teachers as she did with her home daycare provider. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Caroline and I have both connected with the staff at TCW and I know that she is comfortable and well cared for when she’s there. I love when I pick her up and see that someone has braided her hair or, on special days, painted her face. There have been days when Caroline has tripped or fallen on the playground and tells me that she sat with Miss so-and-so who hugged her until it stopped hurting. When I pick her up at night, there are always hugs from her teachers before we can leave. I feel very fortunate that she has had teachers who work in child care because that’s what they love to do, not because it’s a convenient fit with their lifestyle (namely Miss Liz and Miss Pam). Caroline recently moved from Miss Liz’s pre-k room to Miss Pam’s advanced pre-k room. Although we were both sad for her to leave Miss Liz, there is an equally strong connection with Miss Pam and I’m extremely happy with both rooms.
Aside from the “care” aspect of TCW, Caroline has made leaps and bounds over the last 9 months or so with her academic skills. She can write her name, all the letters of the alphabet, she can count in Spanish, she looks for patterns in everything, she loves finding rhyming words. I know that these skills have been developed through the teachers at TCW, and I am grateful.
From an administrative perspective, I have also been very pleased. Elise is always available for my questions, comments or concerns. There was a point last spring when Caroline resisted going to school for a few days. I called Elise to discuss the situation. She spoke to Caroline’s teacher and within 10 minutes of my initial call to Elise, I had a call back from her with a cause (one of Caroline’s friends had moved from preschool to pre-k) and a solution (she started Caroline’s transition to pre-k).
In an ideal world, I’d be able to stay home with my child every day. In the real world, that’s not an option for me and I have to work full-time. Knowing that Caroline is in a nurturing, caring and loving environment in which she can grow and learn allows me to provide for my daughter with a clear mind. As Caroline begins kindergarten in North Attleboro in September, I am thrilled that she will be able to remain at The Children’s Workshop for before and after school care.