The Children’s Workshop Featured in Cranston Herald Business Spotlight

The Children's Workshop was published in the Cranston Herald on January 29th 2013:

The Children’s Workshop

“Where learning is child’s play”

            The rooms are awash with color – bright pastels which infuse the rooms with warmth and energy, the kind of energy that comes from joyful children, busily engaged and oblivious to onlookers.  Such is the sight you see when you enter the newly opened early learning center, The Children’s Workshop in Cranston.  This welcoming new child care center has opened its doors to families seeking a nurturing, stimulating, and educational environment for their children, ages three to thirteen.

            The Children’s Workshop is one of nineteen similar centers throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  This family-run network of early learning centers traces its roots to its founder, Dave MacDonald, a father of three young girls who, in 1990, was searching for a place where his daughters would feel loved, secure and inspired while he was working.  The Children’s Workshop “family” was created when his search for such a place left him wanting.  Now, all these years later, he and those same daughters are still at the helm of this successful series of child care centers – and they bring their passion, as well as their hand-selected team of directors, teachers and staff, to you.

            Meet Marcie Maurello, the Director and Education Coordinator of The Children’s Workshop here in Cranston.  She is immediately likeable, with her calm nature, obvious dedication to children and years of experience. She and her staff are completely committed to the mission of these centers – to provide a place where children are actively engaged in the learning process, where parents are included in a meaningful way in the program’s goals, and where caring, qualified teachers guide their children as they prepare for school  . . . and for life.

            Emphasis is placed here on the “whole child”, from their social-emotional development to their academic learning to their natural need to play.  Age-appropriate toys, instructional tools, and outdoor play areas are all designed to instill in children a genuine love of learning and exploration.  The professional development of the entire staff is constant and ongoing. This is also a place where warm meals and healthy snacks are provided as both a convenience to the parents, and as part of the larger commitment to make this a place your child is comfortable, happy, safe and nurtured.

            The Children’s Workshop is open M-F, from 6:30AM to 6:00PM.  Full, half and after-school care is available, with regular hours during holidays, school vacations and snow days.  Access is only available with a secure code, and parents are welcome any time.  Transportation is also provided for school age children!

            Come tour this new center at 546 Budlong Road, call Marcie Maurello at 228-3317 or visit them at

            Finally, treat yourself to a “parent’s night out”! On Valentine’s Day, bring your child to The Children’s Workshop from 6:00 – 8:00pm for a night of fun while you hit the town!  RSVP by Feb. 7th to secure your spot!