While the sign on the door reads "Dr. Day Care", there is nothing clinical about this cozy, welcoming and cheerful early learning center in West Warwick. Indeed, Dr. Day Care, affectionately named after its owner and founder Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross-Smith, is just the opposite. It is a joyful place which upholds its promise to educate the children who attend here fifty-two weeks of the year - that's right, all 52 weeks. Dr. Shallcross-Smith and her business partner, Peter Sangermano have teamed up to create their sixth such learning center, and do so with one goal in mind, to foster a lifelong love of learning, beginning right here within the walls of Dr. Day Care.
Dr. Day Care Learning Center, under the skilled and loving eye of director Kate Banks, opened its doors in early October and is now enrolling children ages six weeks through thirteen years old. Eager to accommodate the schedules of busy parents, this center offers full AND part-time child care to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, pre-Kindergartners and after-school care. The center is ONLY closed on holidays and when a natural disaster is declared, so you will never have to worry about being caught without child care.
Like Dr. Shallcross-Smith, director Banks is an enthusiastic and energetic child-care specialist who has devoted her life to children. As she says: "I've been working with them forever and ever", and after 22 years, it shows. Banks works closely with a member of the staff whose sole responsibility is to oversee the implementation of age-appropriate curriculum goals. There is a genuinely welcoming feeling here, with great attention paid to every stimulating and child-oriented detail, and with great care taken to select a consistent, trained and caring staff. Following the strict state guidelines for child-to-teacher ratio as well as the RI Early Learning standards, this program is perfect for families who are seeking a nurturing, positive and well-rounded experience for their children as they prepare for formal schooling.
With careful security measures, you can be sure your child is safe and well-tended here at Dr. Day Care. ALL the food, including infant formula, nutritious snacks and meals, is included in the tuition. Emphasis is placed on cleanliness and hygiene, especially during the upcoming cold season. Most importantly, this program is designed to encourage exploration, socialization, reading and math skills, sensorial and hands-on learning, creativity, dramatic play, and outdoor exercise. There are even computers on site! Communication with parents through newsletters, emails and posted schedules speaks to the close partnerships developed here. This is a place of learning, a place of fun, a place of security, and a place of happiness.
Dr. Day Care is located on 297 Cowesett Avenue in West Warwick. It can be reached at 615-8300 and is open Monday - Friday from 6:30am to 6:00pm. Tours are welcome and encouraged.