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...
Regional Director, School Age
As the Regional Director of School Age Programs, Alison oversees and supervises the daily operations of all the TCW school age programs, including our fantastic summer programs. She helps to ensure that our programs are safe, fun, nurturing, and a positive environment for children. Alison joined the TCW team in 2010 and has helped to redesign the school age curriculum, implement the PBIS initiative throughout all our locations, and partnered with great organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America and Mastery Martial Arts to bring exciting activities into our school Age programs. Additionally, she is the co-founder of the TCW Mentoring Program at Central Falls High School and is also very active in our communities, serving as a co-chair of both the Central Falls Prevention Coalition and the Pawtucket/Central Falls After School Coalition. Alison is also a member of RIASPA (the RI After School Plus Alliance) and MAP (the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership).
Alison attended Assumption College where she earned a Bachelor’s in Social Rehabilitation and minored in Education. She has over 10 years of experience in the education field, in both special education and before and after school care and is also a certified school age and preschool teacher. Her favorite part of her job is seeing children grow throughout our programs and all the little rewards she experiences throughout the day including learning something new, an unexpected hug, or a happy parent. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends, crafts or hands on projects around the house, and going to new places or the beach!
Professional Development Specialist
Cheryl joined The Children’s Workshop in January of 2012 as our Professional Development Specialist. She shares TCW’s commitment to providing our staff with access to continuous quality professional development and the training they need to continue to be among the region's best teachers.
Cheryl has worked for The University of Virginia at the National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, as well as the National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University. She is a CDA Advisor and Representative for the Council for Professional Recognition and holds positions on various early childhood organizations in RI, CT, NH and VT, and she regularly presents at national and local conferences. With Cheryl’s help we currently are able to offer on-site college degree level programs to our staff.
Cheryl completed her undergraduate degree at Wheelock College in Human Development with a concentration in Child and Family Studies and her Master's Degree in Birth to Three: Development and Intervention as an Infant and Toddler Specialist. Cheryl is dedicated to providing current knowledge, research and theories in early childhood. She has a daughter attending college in Texas and enjoys gardening, the beach and her dog.
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!
John Beaulieu, Facilities
John B. joined The Children's Workshop in 2000 and has since overseen the maintenance, improvement, and renovations for all of our centers. He also manages our entire fleet of vehicles and handles the majority of our service contracts. He served 6 years in the Marine Corps before joining our team, good preparation for all the hard work he and his team put into our facilities! John is married and has five children.
Jim Vincent, FacilitiesJim joined The Children's Worskhop in 2009 and has been a great asset to the company assisting in keeping our centers in good repair. Jim's a fantastic carpenter. He is married and has five children and 6 grandchildren.
Assistant Director of Marketing
Jamie joined The Children’s Workshop team in 2012. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film with a concentration in Production and a minor in Marketing Communications from Emerson College. She is currently working towards her Master of Science in Communications with a concentration in Integrated Marketing Communications at Lasell College. Jamie brings a diverse background of experience to the Marketing Team, and she is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. In her free time, she enjoys taking ballet classes, playing guitar, hiking, crochet, scrapbooking and spending time at home with her husband Jacques and their cat Tango.
Field Operations Manager
Kathie has been with The Children’s Workshop since the very beginning – she joined the company in 1990 when it was founded! She originally served as the Director of our first center, in Lincoln, RI and has since held several positions in Operations. In her current role as Field Operations Manager, Kathie assists the Directors with licensing, fire and safety compliance. She also helps oversee TCW’s participation in the Federal Food Program and oversees many vendor contracts. Kathie also serves as the company’s liaison to numerous boards and commissions that work to promote Early Childhood Education and in her role as a member of the Permanent Legislative Commission on Childcare, she is active at the State House promoting legislation that will improve the lives of children in Rhode Island. She is a past President of the RI Child Care Director's Association and currently serves as a member of their Executive Board. Additionally, Kathy also currently serves as a Board Member for Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island and a member of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force.
Kathie has a business degree and is a certified teacher who has earned numerous ECE training certificates. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, pool time in the summer, and being with her family and her adorable dogs. Her favorite part of the job is working with the wonderful professionals within TCW and seeing the children grow and learn. She loves running into preschool graduates who are now in college and still call her “Miss Kathie.”
Director of Information Technology
Kathy has been with The Children's Workshop since 2009 first serving as IT Associate and now as our Director of IT and is in charge of computers, phones, and internet. She has a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth and also graduated from Clark CCI with a Master Certificate in Digital Multimedia and Web Design. Kathy has been working with computers and the web for over 10 years. Her favorite part of her job is visiting the centers and helping to make their working lives easier. When not playing with her computer at home or designing a website, she likes to play with her husband and daughter. Kathy's hobbies include reading on her Kindle, watching TV, and going to the movies.
Director of Parent & Community Engagement
Kelli brings over 20 years of experience to her role as Director of Parent and Community Relations. Her role at The Children’s Workshop is to engage and welcome families into the TCW family and to ensure that their experience with us is always top notch. Kelli also supports our Center Directors to encourage our families to become actively involved in our centers and their child’s education through parent committees, family events, and by volunteering in our classrooms. Additionally, she reaches out into the communities that we serve to form partnerships that enhance and continually grow our programs. She is co-founder of the TCW Mentoring Program and actively involved in finding resources for families that need extra support - for example, Kelli has helped TCW implement a therapeutic childcare program in our Lincoln location and a Headstart program in our Central Falls location. She also works closely with organizations like Progreso Latino and Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island to assist in spreading their positive programs and messages.
Kelli earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College and has worked with children of all ages throughout her career. She was the Director and Owner of her own School Age Program and a Program Manager for Therapeutic child care before rejoining the TCW team in 2010. She also holds many roles in the community including being a member of the Washington County Coalition for Children, co-chair of the Central Falls Coalition, and an active member of the Pawtucket/Central Falls After School Coalition.
Kelli is very active outside of work too, serving as PTO President and Treasurer for her childrens' school. She is also involved with Junior Achievement and in her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities, kayaking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mary Cote, RN
Mary has worked at The Children's Workshop since March 2004. She attended CCRI for two years for Practical Nursing, St Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and Providence College. Her experience with children includes working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Woman and Infants Hospital, the Pediatric Recovery Room at Fatima Hospital, and the Pediatric Allergy Unit at University Otolaryngology.
Mary’s favorite thing about working with children is laughter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, sea kayaking, backpacking, and mountain climbing.
Director of Food Services
Sue joined The Children's Workshop team in 2000 and worked as the receptionist, running our Home Office. We didn't realize until we got to know her that her true passion and absolute talent were both cooking! In fact, Sue's entire family is in the food business and she personally has 35 years experience to boast. TCW has served hot, delicious, wholesome meals in our centers since 2001but we found over time that we could save our parents money AND guarantee better quality and nutrition by operating the food services ourselves. In 2005 we did just that and asked Sue to run the show! Sue designs all our menus and manages the kitchen and food delivery staff from our state of the art commercial kitchen located in our Central Falls location. Sue's objective is to introduce and expose children to a nutritious and hearty lunch using the best quality meats, vegetables, and grains - she knows that kids can be picky eaters so she makes sure it's all yummy too!