The Center

Mission Statement

Rainbow Child Development Center transforms the lives of children and their families by providing quality education and therapeutic programs and services.

About Rainbow

Rainbow Child Development Center, founded in 1972, is a licensed, non-profit early education and care agency working collaboratively within the community. Rainbow’s focus is to provide care, education, and therapeutic services in a safe, nurturing and diverse environment for children infants to thirteen years old who live in Worcester and who are among the most “at risk”.

Rainbow Child Development CenterRainbow provides high-quality education to nearly 300 children daily that helps to eliminate barriers and lower the achievement gap between low-income children and children with more academic, social and economic opportunities. Investments in early childhood education not only influence educational attainment as a youth, but can be an important element in employment opportunities and job retention as an adult.  At Rainbow children learn and grow to reach their individual potential while families receive encouragement and services to support their children’s development.

The selection of a Rainbow to serve as the agency’s visual graphic is a symbol of Hope and a Butterfly is a symbol of transformation – This is what Rainbow has delivered to thousands of Children and their families for the past 40 years – Hope and Transformation!

Working With the Community

Rainbow Child Development Center’s success is shared with many in the Greater Worcester Business Community. Rainbow Collaborates with: United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM), Together for Kids (TFK); Child and Adult Food Program (CAFP).

Our Funding

More than 85 percent of the agency’s $2.6 million budget is funded by contracts with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide subsidized early education and care for parents who meet income and service need guidelines or who are referred by the Department of Children and Families.  Recognizing the quality of the Rainbow experience, a small but growing number of parents are enrolling their children on a private-pay basis.  The balance of Rainbow’s operating income comes from grants, fundraising activities and individual and corporate contributions.