The Children’s Workshop in Pawtucket selected for RI LISC Natural Playground Initiative Grant

The Children’s Workshop is very excited to announce that the company’s location at 178 East Street in Pawtucket was selected as one of five Rhode Island early childhood programs to receive the RI LISC Natural Playground Initiative Grant. 

Rhode Island LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), through its Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund (RICCFF), has committed to help introduce natural play environments to Rhode Island child care centers by selecting five pilot sites that will receive architectural services and grant funds to assist them in building a natural playground to be a model for other similar programs across the state.  The Children’s Workshop is honored to one such pilot site and looks forward to integrating natural elements such as gardens, water features, and natural climbing structures into its playground in Pawtucket. 

“Our Pawtucket school is located in a very densely populated section of town with little to no greenery around it.  We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring nature to our site so that our teachers can expand their classrooms beyond the doors of our building and create more lesson plans, activities, and fun for the children outside, “stated Tracy Martin, Vice President of Operations for The Children’s Workshop.  Kim Ware, Director of the Pawtucket center, added: “The Children's Workshop Pawtucket staff and I are elated with the news of being one of the 2012 Model Natural Playgrounds Initiative recipients. We look forward to watching our playground develop and grow into a natural educational experience!”

As part of the grant award, The Children’s Workshop will receive guidance and landscape architecture services from MLA Architects, a Brookline, MA architecture firm that specializes in natural play environments.  Joanne Hiromura, RLA, Director of Landscape and Outdoor Playspace Design will be leading the design team. 

About Rhode Island LISC:

Founded in late 1979, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is the largest community development support organization in the country. For almost three decades, LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve the quality of life. The LISC model assembles private and public resources and directs it to locally-defined priorities. The unique LISC structure enables local organizations to access national resources and expertise and allows LISC’s funding partners to leverage their investment and achieve an impact that is truly remarkable. LISC operates in 30 cities and numerous rural locations nationwide. In 1991 LISC opened an office in Rhode Island. Since that time, Rhode Island LISC has invested more than $240 million in Rhode Island, leveraging an additional $920 million from public and private sources. The results: more than 7,000 affordable homes and apartments and more than 1.5 million square feet of retail and community space, including child care centers, educational, recreational and community health facilities.  For more information, please visit

About The Children’s Workshop

The Children’s Workshop was founded in 1990 in Lincoln, RI to provide quality early childhood education and care for busy families.  Today, the company offers programs for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years in 18 locations across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  For more information visit