Back Up Care

For one day or many, we are here for you!

Do you need a solution when your current caregiver is unavailable, sick, or an unexpected snow day comes up or maybe you just need a flexible schedule? Then backup care can be a perfect solution for you! It’s easy, affordable, flexible and just what a working parent needs when they just can’t miss that important meeting.

Plan ahead by contacting your nearest Children’s Workshop School


To begin your visit

Each school has a security code to enter the facility. As a family attending for backup care, our school management or staff will meet your family at the door to assist you in accessing the building and answer any questions.
If possible, plan a little extra time with your child to assure they are comfortable in a new environment. Some children adjust quickly, while others may take a little time. There may be paperwork to finalize upon your arrival (just a signature here or there).


What to bring

Schools are active environments, and a full day can include singing, painting, playing indoors and out, and eating. As such, we recommend easy fitting, comfortable, washable clothes and shoes. Providing an extra set of clothes, (including undergarments) and a sweater or sweatshirt is also recommended. For children, not yet potty trained, please provide diapers, wipes, and topical ointment as we know each family has their preference on those items. Your child may bring a blanket or special soft toy, for rest time only for toddler and
older classrooms.


Most schools offer breakfast, lunch, and snacks; however, meal service may vary from school to school. Infant families have a variety of food preferences. Typically, we require that you bring all food for infants until they are able to eat table food. Individual bottles for each feeding are required and should be labeled with the date, first name and last name clearly visible. Please check the school’s webpage for more details on the menu. To accommodate food allergies, schools may restrict which food items are served or brought into the

Going home

Please inform anyone listed on your backup care enrollment agreement that they will be asked to verify their identity when coming to pick up your child. Even you, being new to the school, may be asked by staff members who haven’t met you previously. Staff will ask for government-issued photo ID. We know you’ll feel more secure and confident as a result.

We appreciate your choosing us for this backup care visit. Please do not hesitate to let our school management know how the visit went and if there are any further questions you have.

  • The Children’s Workshop is committed to providing a safe place for your children to learn and develop social skills with other children their age. However, we do not feel that only providing for safety and basic needs is enough. We create enriching programs that your children can use in their everyday lives. Our curriculum takes an active approach to creating engaging educational experiences with real life scenarios that provide emotional context.
  • We are so much more than a "day care" service that simply provides supervision for your children. Rather, we are a child care organization focused on wellness, learning, and fun. Our doors remain open year round even through inclement weather and holidays, providing back up care for parents when you need it most.
  • Along with having an iPad in every classroom, we have an extraordinary Parent Communication App that our teachers use daily to relay information and send pictures to family members, send newsletters, and track developmental progress for each child’s portfolio! With this application, parents/guardians are able to opt into email or text alerts and they can receive any information, instantaneously, about their child and their child’s school day.
  • Teachers and staff can tag daily pictures with our Developmental Domains (Social/Emotional, Physical, Artistic, Cognitive, and Language/Literacy) and are then able to communicate with the parents/guardians by adding captions or sending quick little notes.
  • Families LOVE this feature and we’re utilizing it more and more each day! We are so excited to be able to communicate with our families throughout the day and to show them what their children are learning each day.
  • For more information about our Parent Communication, please visit our Family Communication page or contact the Director of the school you are interested in learning more about!
  • We're not a large company with a cookie-cutter approach. Each of our programs is unique and designed to reflect the community it serves. We utilize The Children's Workshop Curriculum Framework, a research and evidence-based curriculum created by our education team. The framework provides enough flexibility to be tailored to your child's interests, which we know can change daily, and the needs of our families.
  • We pride ourselves on providing children and their families throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island with a high-quality child care facility for learning. We are committed to providing excellence in education for young children. We opened our first center in 1990, and we have since grown to nearly 20 learning centers. Our main objective is to ensure excellent programs, dedicated caregivers, and classrooms that are warm and inviting. We invite you to learn more about our programs and to become part of our family "where learning is child's play!"
Our Workshop Ways

Be excellent, be yourself, take a chance, and always do what's right


Promote trust, respect, and dignity universally


Be passionate, pay it forward, and make a difference


Fun, laughter, and love are the essentials of being a life long learner