Local Child Care Curriculum Featured at 2010 AUCD Annual Conference

CUMBERLAND (November 5, 2010) – The Children's Workshop, Inc, a local child care and early education provider, has created an innovative curriculum program called "Workshop Ways." Workshop Ways is based on a nationally recognized approach to teaching appropriate behavior called P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) which focuses on the development of social and emotional skills in young children.

The Children's Workshop P.B.I.S. team has been busy over the last few months creating their version of the system and rolling it out in pilot format in five of the company's Rhode Island locations. Lynne DeMerchant, Technical Assistance Mentor at the Rhode Island College Sherlock Center helped The Children's Workshop team to design and implement the program and was very impressed by the team's work. DeMerchant recently presented on P.B.I.S. at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on November 1-2; she presented The Children's Workshop's "Workshop Ways" as an example of a successful implementation of P.B.I.S.

"I'm hoping to use some of TCW's PBIS materials as exemplary examples in a presentation next week in DC. I only have 8 minutes to speak so I want to showcase the best of RI's early childhood community; that would be {The Children's Workshop} and their team," explained DeMerchant.