The Children's Workshop's Mentoring Program is gaining momentum! We are very excited to launch our program this fall in the Central Falls school system. We...
Hi! My name is Abbie-Jo Francis and I'm the Director of our Warren center. I grew up in Warren and now live in Bristol so I know the surrounding area and many of the great people who live and work here as well - it's a great place to live and work!
I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children. I hold an Associates Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, am a RI certified teacher and have 20 years of experience teaching and working with children. I have been with The Children's Workshop since 2002 where I started as Head Teacher here in Warren. I then moved to Assistant Director and am now proud to serve as Director for this great school.
Please stop by and visit our Warren Center. I'd love to meet you, show you our newly renovated school, and introduce you to our fantastic teachers!
Hi! My name is Miss Bailey and I am the Director of the Bourne Center. I graduated from Wellesley College in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology & Education. I am a certified Director II, Lead Teacher Preschool & Teacher for Infant/Toddlers.
I have a combined ten years experience in the field through teaching practicum, volunteer and work experience including helping to implement education programs for an orphanage in South Africa, working as an assistant in a Toddler classroom, and Lead Teacher for a preschool program before coming to Children’s Workshop and completing the Manager in Training program which brought me to my current position as Director in Bourne.
My favorite thing about working with children is the ability to make life easier for families, both children and parents. I love getting to know children and their many personalities and learning the life lessons that children teach adults on a regular basis. My other hobbies, interests, and special skills include knitting, crocheting, reading, sailing, and being a parent to Louis and baby David!
Hi! My name is Catherine and I am the director of the amazing Children's Workshop located in Waltham, Massachusetts!
I began working for The Children's Workshop in August 2010. My roots are from Scituate, MA where I was born and grew up. I later attended the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY and received a degree in Geology and Secondary Education as well as a teaching certificate in Earth Science/General Science. After teaching high school I wanted to broaden my field knowledge in education so I returned to school and continued studies in Early Childhood Education at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL. I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1990, and have had the pleasure of being the Director of three separate centers. My most recent experience before coming to work for The Children's Workshop was directing a center in Millis, MA for ten years.
I enjoy working with children of every age and watching them learn and grow. My favorite part of any day is when a child tells me, "You know what Miss Catherine...." When I retire I will publish the best seller entitled "Famous Quotes of Amazing Children." When I am not at The Children's Workshop I am spending time with my two children, Keegan and Macy. We enjoy spending time outdoors, with family, and at the beach.
Please stop by and visit our beautiful Waltham location - our teachers are the best around and we cannot wait to welcome you to the TCW family!
Hello, my name is Chrissy and I am the Director of our Westerly location.
I began my career at The Children’s Workshop in April 2002 as the assistant director at our Pawtucket center. Shortly thereafter, I was promoted to Director of that center. I was lucky enough to be part of a wonderful team that opened TCW Westerly in 2006.
While in college fifteen years ago, I was working as a toddler lead teacher. I instantly knew that I was born to work with young children, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I enjoy working with children of all ages, watching them grow and learn. You will see my happy son Jack playing and learning in the infant classroom. He is a true testament on the importance of Early Childhood education.
I am very excited to be part of a great team of dedicated teachers that are here for you and your child. I look forward to teaching your children and making new relationships with you all. As the director of this beautiful center, my door is always open! Please let me know what I can do for you.
My name is Corinne and I am the Director of The Children’s Workshop in Westborough!
I have been working in the early childhood field for fifteen years. I have taught all age groups from infants to pre-k. Although I absolutely love being in a classroom, I truly enjoy being in a Director’s role, mentoring staff and forming wonderful relationships with families who cross my path. I have been working for The Children’s Workshop since February 2012. I am Director II certified by the state of Massachusetts and will be continuing my education in childcare administration.
Though I spend many hours working with children and staff, my heart is at home with my two amazing children, Michael and Kayleigh and my wonderful husband, Pat. My children have taught me more lessons in their life than a lifetime of education could ever teach. We enjoy watching our daughter’s soccer games, son’s football games and vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.
I am ecstatic to be a part of the TCW family and look forward to filling our center with the beautiful faces of children! They say, “If you love your job, you haven't worked a day in your life.” That is so true!
Hi! My name is Dave and I am the Senior Director for The Children's Workshop. I joined The Children's Workshop in January of 1994 and have held many roles in our centers over the years. I served as the Director of our Warwick, East Greenwich, Lincoln and North Kingstown locations before working with the Home Office staff to support other directors.
I have a BA in Psychology and have been working in the early childhood education field for over 20 years, working with all age groups. I am an avid sports fan, enjoy working outdoors, and love spending time with my family.
I enjoy working with children because it keeps me young; after all I am just a big kid! Please stop by and visit me and the fantastic staff in North Kingstown. We can't wait to meet you, show your our beautiful school, and welcome you to the TCW family!
Hi! My name is Heather Grocott, Director of The Children's Workshop here in Lincoln, RI. I first started my journey with the TCW family in 2007 in our Smithfield location as a Kindergarten teacher. I then entered the company's Management in Training Program, working in several of our locations while also training staff in various areas of early childhood education. I made my home in Lincoln in February of 2010 as the Education Coordinator of the site. I am both proud and excited to now serve as the Director of the very first TCW ever established!
I hold a BA from Providence College in Elementary and Special Education. I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree from Rhode Island College in Early Childhood education. My true passion is not only working with children, but sharing knowledge with families and teachers in order to provide the best early learning experience for all young learners. I am also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Rhode Island Childcare Director’s Association, as well as the Rhode Island College Early Childhood Advisory Board. I have had the honor and privilege to deliver presentations at both the local and national levels throughout my career. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, the beach, and teaching dance.
Please stop by and visit our Lincoln site at any time! I look forward to meeting you!
Hi! My name is Julie and I am the Director at The Children's Workshop in Providence. I have been working at the Children's Workshop in Providence since the center opened in February 2008. I was originally the Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher, before taking on an administrative role, first as the Assistant Director and now as the Acting Director. Prior to joining the TCW team, I taught first grade for two years, at The Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls. I attended Boston University, and have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I am currently taking additional classes in Early Childhood Education.
My favorite part about working with children is tracking their growth and development, especially with regard to language and literacy. In my free time, I enjoy playing violin, cooking, kayaking, travelling, and spending time with my family.
I have been employed with The Children’s Workshop since May of 2001. I started off as a part time teacher assistant while going to school for Early Childhood Education. From then I went on to become the lead teacher of a preschool classroom. A few years ago I stepped out of the classroom to take on more of a leadership role as the assistant director and later the director of the center. I am so lucky to be able to work with such a dedicated group of teachers. Please feel free to give me a call because I would love to show you the programs we offer.
Hi, my name is Kim Ware. I am an educator as well as a parent so I am fully aware of the difficulty in choosing a high quality early learning program for your children. I have an Associates degree in education and a Bachelors in Sociology/Anthropology from The University of Massachusetts. I began my career in 1999 as a Montessori teacher, since then I have had experience working with all age groups at The Children's Workshop as well as many years experience in administration. My goal for our Pawtucket center is to provide all of my families with an educational, nurturing, and fun learning environment. Please call me with any questions or to book a tour of our wonderful facility.
Hi, My name is Miss Kristin and I am the Director at The Children’s Workshop in Rumford. I graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Middle School Education. I began working as a School Age Coordinator with The Children’s Workshop in Warwick in 2007. It was there where I discovered my love for Early Childhood! In February of 2009, I transferred to Rumford and pursued my certification in Early Childhood. I served as Head Teacher and Kindergarten Teacher here in Rumford for the past few years! Please stop by for a visit! I would love for you to meet our amazing children and teachers!
Hi, I'm Linda, Director of the South Dennis Children's Workshop center! I have always known that I wanted to work with children, I started baby sitting when I was 12 years old and could not wait to have children of my own. I love being around the children to watch them grow and learn and see them smile when they have achieved a skill they were working on. I enjoy working with families to make thier child care experiances memorable. Prior to joining the TCW team, I was the Lead Teacher and Director at Cape Cod Child Development. Before that, I served as Director of Cataumet Preschool and was also the owner and Director of my own center in New Hampshire for many years. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, and a Master's Certificate in Early Intervention.
I reside in Sandwich with my husband and dog (Darla) and cat (Casey). I enjoy spending time with my four children and two grand children.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, knitting and reading.
Hi I'm Miss Marcie, the Director of our Cranston school!
I have been with The Children’s Workshop since 2009 and served first as Head Teacher and then as co-Lead Administrator at our school in Central Falls. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire, and in addition to being certified in RI for PK through grade 2 also have over 10 years of experience in the early childhood field. I love working with young children because you never know what they're going to do or say next! I worked for Habitat for Humanity in Dallas, TX for four years, an experience which helped me gain a greater appreciation for helping others. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, camping, and all kinds of DIY projects! Please come visit us in Cranston soon!
My name is Miss Nicole and I am the Director of The Children’s Workshop in Smithfield. I started working for the company in August 2008 in our Warwick location. I went to URI and received a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology. Currently, I am working on my Early Childhood Teaching Certificate. Before being a director, I was a school-age coordinator in Warwick, as well as a substitute for the Public Schools. My favorite thing about working with children is that it’s a guarantee that every day is different! When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family and friends at places like the beach! My guilty pleasures are reality TV, Starbucks and Boston teams (Go Red Sox! Go Pats!)
My door is always open for information, help, or tours of the beautiful center! I would love to meet you and your children and show you around!
Hi my name is Robyn Beardsley and I am the director of The Children's Workshop in Norwood. I joined the field of early childhood education in 2002 as an assistant teacher in the toddler room. I was instantly in love with the children and the profession. I took the great leap of going back to school at 40 to become teacher qualified.
I have a wonderful staff who all love their job and provide "our" kids with a nurturing, safe and educational environment each and everyday.
Please call us to visit our center. Everyday is a new day!
Hi! My name is Ms. Sue and I am the School Age Coordinator at our Riverside center. I started working with The Children's Workshop in 2010 at the Norwood school and have also had the pleasure of helping out in our North Attleboro and Warren centers as well. I graduated from Fisher College with an Associates in Early Childhood Education and am currently working toward a Bachelor's Degree at Eastern Nazarene College.
I have worked in the early childhood profession for over 20 years and love meeting and getting to know new families. What I like most about teaching children is when the light "comes on" and you can see that they understand what you are teaching, it is so rewarding. I live in Pawtucket and have two grown sons. In my spare time I enjoy camping, boating and snowmobiling.
Please stop by Riverside and say hello, I'd love to meet you and take you on a tour of our school!
My name is Miss Tanya and I am the director of The Children's Workshop in Central Falls. I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 15 years and have worked for The Children's Workshop since 2005 when I joined the team at our Seekonk location. I started out as a classroom teacher and as my experience and education grew, so did my passion to make a difference in the lives of children and families.
I believe that every child deserves a positive early learning experience because it is their first love of learning that will help them grow into lifelong learners. I would love to meet with you and show what our center has to offer. I know we will leave a lasting impression!
Tara has been a part of The Children’s Workshop family for over five years working in several centers as she moved up in her career path. Before being promoted to Director in Seekonk in October 2011, she has served as School Age Coordinator in Central Falls where she oversaw a program that serves over 100 children! Tara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Salve Regina University and a RI State teaching license as well.