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Childcare Options For Parents Attending RWU Law

We know that juggling law school and parental obligations is challenging.  Just as working parents need to make childcare arrangements for their children, so do student parents attending law school.  There are a host of childcare options available to student parents and we know that each student parent will make regular childcare arrangements that are best for his or her individual family situation.  However, we also understand that there are times when the schedules of the law school and your child(ren)’s school and/or childcare facility are in conflict, making regular childcare arrangements unavailable.  Roger Williams University does not have on campus day care; however, there are local childcare facilities that can offer back up or other child care to RWU Law students when your primary childcare is unavailable. 

While Roger Williams University and RWU Law are not affiliated with any of the organizations below (and affirms that there are other childcare options in and around the area that may be more convenient or otherwise suitable for you), and we advise each individual to contact the organization directly to confirm information regarding discounts, daily rates, and other details, we offer the following as a few options that may be helpful to you as you search for primary and alternate childcare for your family.  Please understand that RWU/RWU Law make no endorsement and undertake no inspections of, and assumes no responsibility for, the childcare and/or camp facilities listed herein.  No information provided here creates a legal relationship between students, parents, the University/School of Law or any third party regarding such facilities.

LOCAL Childcare Options

The Island Child Care Center

399 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

Phone: (401) 396-5600; Contact Person: Leslie Mills and Ann Hackett, Owners


The Island Child Care Center is a licensed school located in the heart of downtown historic Bristol. It also has two locations in Portsmouth.  It offers a fun and nurturing early childhood learning environment for ages six weeks through Pre-Kindergarten. The Island's educational program includes a "planned free play" environment which provides the setting and conditions for exposing and introducing children to various age-appropriate, self-directed learning experiences. The children enjoy weekly thematic curriculums designed to meet each child's individual needs. The Island uses the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS) to build a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive, physical and language development  It provides large, spacious classrooms in a safe, secure and air conditioned environment. The children exercise and learn about the beautiful nature around them in The Island's large fenced-in playground. It is open year round, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Children’s Workshop (Warren, RI)

410 Child Street, Warren, RI 02885
Phone: (401) 247-2503; Contact Person: Abbie, Director

The Children’s Workshop serves children from 6 weeks to 12 years old.  It is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  It can also provide emergency/back up care for any child who is a registered member of the facility.  Tuition includes breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks.  Additionally, its before and after school programs provide bus transportation to and from elementary schools in Warren, Bristol, and Swansea.  The Children’s Workshop also provides summer camp options.  Discounts are available for Roger Williams University faculty, staff and students. 

StoryLand Preschool

180 Mount Hope Ave, Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: (401) 253-1280; Contact Person: Andria

Website:  N/A

StoryLand Preschool serves children from 18 months to 12 years old.  It is open year round, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; however, it is closed on all legal holidays.  It offers highly flexible full-time and part-time enrollment options, a preschool program and a summer day camp.  Additionally, it can provide emergency/back up care provided it has your child’s medical and other necessary information.  Tuition includes breakfast and afternoon snack.  Discounts are available for RWU students and DHS child care assistance is accepted. 

Additional Resources

For more information about licensed daycare and childcare facilities in Rhode Island, click on the following link for the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families:

For more information about early education and care programs in Massachusetts, click on the following links for the Massachusetts Office of Education: and

For information about other childcare options, including where to find a babysitter, you may choose to visit


In addition to the above childcare facilities, below are two local options for childcare during certain school vacation weeks and the summer.  (Again, we recognize that there are many other options available and this is not an exhaustive list.)

Child Opportunity Zone (COZ - Pronounced COZY) Summer Camp

COZ provides summer camp for children entering kindergarten through grade six in elementary schools throughout Bristol and Warren.  The camp runs from the end of June until mid-August and operates between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  In order to enroll in the camp, a child must be a resident of the Bristol-Warren area and be a student of an elementary school within the region.

For more information, please contact:

COZ Coordinator: Patricia Brissette
Office: (401) 245-1460 X 1375
Cell: (401) 639-8815

Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114), Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: (401) 253-2707 x21
Fax: (401) 253-0412


Blithewold offers February and April vacation camps, as well as summer vacation camp.  The summer camp has a different weekly theme each week.  Regular camp hours run between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Early Bird drop off and after care extended pick up times are available for additional fees.  For more information or to register your child, please call the number above or visit the website.