The Children’s Workshop in Smithfield Honored with 2011 NRIC Partnership Award

Leah Soule and Maria Perrotti, of the Smithfield, RI location of The Children's Workshop, a provider of quality early childhood education in RI and MA, were honored on March 16, 2011 by the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative (NRIC) as recipients of the 2011 Partnership Award. 

Leah and Maria were recognized at the NRIC Annual Meeting for their role in facilitating The Children's Workshop's involvement with the NRIC Regional Vocational Assessment Center. A partnership between the two organizations allows NRIC students to spend time in early childhood classrooms at The Children's Workshop to evaluate their level of interest in pursuing careers in early childhood education. It also provides students with real world work experience and exposure to specific occupational skills and general job readiness skills. 

Theresa Fagan, a representative of NRIC's Regional Vocational Assessment Center, stated, "In partnering with The Children's Workshop this year, several students have gained first hand insight into the daycare field. Students were given the opportunity to observe and engage children at both play and during learning centers." Leah Soule, Director of The Children's Workshop shared her enthusiasm for the partnership too, "The Collaborative students are very eager and the kids love to see them. They interact and engage with the preschool and pre-K classes by reading to them or playing in the centers and our students love to show them all around the class! It is definitely a mutually beneficial relationship." 

The Children's Workshop prides itself in providing families with high quality care and learning for infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and school age children. The company owns and operates early learning centers and is committed to providing excellence in education for young children. The company opened its first early learning center in 1990 and has since grown to 15 centers throughout RI and MA.

The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative is a public, non-profit educational institution which was established in 1987. It is a multi-purpose educational collaborative that provides special education programs and services to its member school districts in northern Rhode Island.

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