“Early education is an investment, but one of the most important a parent or guardian can make for their child,” say sisters Maggie Teller and Bailey Kent, owners of The Children’s Workshop. Second-generation owners of the early education schools – there are 19 of them across Rhode Island and Massachusetts – Maggie and Bailey consider it a privilege to work with children at the earliest stages of learning. “We have the best jobs in the world,” they say. “We work as a team with our school-based leaders and educators to support parents and families while teaching, nurturing, inspiring and building young minds and good citizens.”
An organization that has always promoted and supported women at all locations and levels, The Children’s Workshop actively advocates for investment in high quality early childhood education to promote the profession and its predominantly female workforce. Among the primarily female-led management team, there’s a combined 135 years of experience in the field of early childhood, and on average, 10 years each at The Children’s Workshop. Their degrees range from Masters in Early Childhood Education to MBAs, and they are proud of the diverse ideas and creative problem solving each member brings from her background, education, and experience. Bailey Kent, Chief Education Officer, will be assuming her term as President of the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MAAEYC) in 2019 and Julie Boutwell, Vice President of Education, currently sits on the Board of the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children (RIAEYC). In addition to serving as CEO of The Children’s Workshop, Maggie Teller is the founder and Executive Director of Children’s Workshop Foundation, a non-profit formed in 2011 to further the impact of the company’s charitable giving and help more families and communities.
“Families and teachers form bonds that last a lifetime.” Their locations range from Providence and Northern Rhode Island through South County and the South Coast of Massachusetts. “They say it takes a village to raise a child,” the sisters say. “We are proud of the amazing communities that support all the wonderful children and families at The Children’s Workshop schools.”
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(Article from Providence Monthly, March 8, 2018)