Rainbow Child Development Center’ s (RCDC) Extended Learning School Age Program services 120 children daily between the ages of 5 up to 13 years old. RCDC collaborates with nine Worcester Public Schools and provides families with affordable after school programming. The focus is an enriched, stimulating curriculum with an emphasis on homework, academic assistance, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities, and physical exercise from the close of school to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and school vacations. Established in three locations, namely Belmont Community School, City View Discovery School and Rainbow Child Development Center. Rainbow is fortunate for its partnership with Worcester Public Schools. Children are required to complete homework daily before participating in enrichment activities. Younger children, who may not have homework, read daily to improve their literary skills. Computer access for homework completion, research and recreation is available at the three sites. RCDC’s After School Staff reviews the students’ report cards each term to track their achievements.
Throughout the academic year and summer RCDC recognizes the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) positive influence on children’s education. RCDC’s After School Staff and Educational Partners play a key role in further advancing children’s interest in STEAM, instilling a “Growth Mindset”, and reinforcing the importance of health and nutrition. The Center’s goal is to have a positive impact on children’s lives in order that they successfully complete high school, attend college, and become a contributing citizen in the workplace.
Extended Learning School Age Program Highlight
RCDC was awarded a grant by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education entitled “The Magnificent Mind – The Science of Brain Growth.” Having a “Growth Mindset” is knowing that a person’s intelligence is dynamic and changes based on experiences.
Students uncovered their own brain power by participating in high energy group lessons and games that resulted in increasing their perseverance, motivation, reasoning skills and ability to problem solve. These traits can be learned if children have positive role models and are given the opportunity to expand their minds. Ultimately, RCDC would like these qualities to become the “fabric” of children’s lifetime mindset.