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...
Owner & Chief Executive Officer
Dave MacDonald, RI business owner and father of three, started The Children's Workshop in 1990 when he recognized that many of his employees and colleagues were having children and having a difficult time finding reliable, trustworthy, quality child care so they could return to work with peace of mind.
Dave graduated from Babson College in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in business. He is a natural entrepreneur and has started and run several companies in the mortgage, banking, finance and real estate industries but his true passion lies with providing child care and support to working families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. When not in the office, Dave loves to golf, sport fish, boat, read and spend time with his wife Meg, three daughters, and two dogs (Tucker and Dixie!).
The first Children's Workshop center was opened in Lincoln, RI under the name Child Care Connection and Dave's youngest daughter Kate was one of the first to graduate from its preschool program. In 2010 the company celebrated it's 20th anniversary; Dave's first grandchild, Louie, celebrated in the infant classroom in Bourne!!
Chief Financial Officer
Marybeth Young serves as the Chief Financial Officer of The Children's Workshop. She began her career in July of 1996 as a bookkeeper in the finance department. At that time there were 3 centers. Marybeth has grown with the company and has been instrumental in the development of new centers and business ventures. Marybeth is also known as the Home Office baker, she loves baking homemade fudge and cookies for her very fortunate staff! Marybeth has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, Human Resources Certificate from Bryant University and continuing education credits from RI College in addition to her 23 years of experience in the accounting field.
When not at the office Marybeth enjoys traveling, especially to Patriots games, baking, and spending time with her family, including her husband Chris, daughter Jenna, and son Joseph.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Casey came to work at The Children’s Workshop in 2010 as the Chief Operating Officer. Chris’s education and background include hard, hard work and sweat, as he likes to say. The child care industry is actually a step up for him as he really loves to work with children. You’ll often find him saying that “adults are just too childish.” In fact, growing up with 9 siblings, you could say that he has a lot of experience with children. Chris can be found, most of the time, in our centers smiling and being a positive influence on everyone he meets. Chris also enjoys playing golf in his spare time.
Tracy Martin Turgeon
Vice President & Regional Manager
Tracy has been in the field of early childhood education for 22 years. She started with The Children's Workshop in September 1999 as an assistant director for one of the Massachusetts sites and has since served as director, regional, and currently as a VP regional overseeing seven facilities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI. Besides overseeing sites she has also managed successful fundraisers including golf tournaments, developed and given countless training sessions, and served on boards and committees. Tracy is currently one of the faces of The Children’s Workshop appearing on segments of “The Modern Parent” on Fox Providence’s morning television show, The Rhode Show. In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.
Human Resources & Corporate Development
Maggie has formally been a part of The Children’s Workshop team since 2008 when she joined the company to lead its business development efforts but her connection to the company started much earlier than that in 1990 when The Children’s Workshop was founded by her father, Dave. In 2010 she stepped into the role of Director of Marketing and oversaw the marketing, advertising, customer service and business development for the company. Today, her role as Director of Corporate Development and Human Resources allows her to work to develop team members, find ways to strengthen the company's business, and uncover new opportunities for growth. Maggie also acts as steward for the Children's Workshop brand, mission, and values.
Maggie graduated from Wellesley College in 2004 with a degree in Economics and Computer Science before receiving her M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Management at Babson in 2007. Prior to joining the Children’s Workshop she worked for The Congress Group, Inc, a Boston based Real Estate developer, experience she puts to good use in helping to manage many of the TCW properties as well as locating and evaluating new site opportunities. Maggie loves running, fitness, tennis, and spending as much time as possible with her husband Kevin, her daughter Molly (a TCW student!) and their golden retriever, Clara.