All in the Family

Dave MacDonald founded the company in 1990. At the time, he was a small business owner and struggled as many of his employees found themselves unable to return to work because they could not find quality, affordable child care. In order to provide this much-needed benefit to his staff, Dave made space available in his office building to create a superior early learning facility.

From these humble beginnings, The Children’s Workshop was born. The first school, located in Lincoln RI, opened its doors with only 18 children, but grew to 80 within a matter of months. In fact, Dave’s 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 21 centers across Rhode Island and Massachusetts, meeting the educational, emotional and developmental needs of some 1,800 children daily…including Dave’s grandchildren, Louis, Molly, David, and Sara – most of whom are pictured here with Dave and his daughters, Maggie Teller and Bailey Kent, whom now run the day-to-day operations of the company.


A Letter from Our Founding Family

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! As a Rhode Island based corporation, we live and work in the communities we serve. As a second-generation family owned business, we strive to always put families first and consider the needs of both our customers and our employees and their families in every decision we make.


As a women-owned and managed company, we get what working parents – especially busy moms! – need and want in their child’s educational and child care experience. We strive to provide convenience, flexibility and most of all, peace of mind. Our incredible teachers and school Directors embody our corporate mission of nurturing children, strengthening teachers, supporting families, and building communities every day, but more importantly they live the family values that we founded the company upon: trust, respect, passion, hard work, and above all – fun!

As parents, we operate our schools 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. We hope you will allow us the great privilege of being a part of your child’s care and education by welcoming your family into our TCW family!

~ Dave MacDonald, Maggie Teller, & Bailey Kent