As I reflect on 2017, I am filled with gratitude. Rainbow Child Development Center truly had a successful year and I want to
thank everyone who made it possible. I am pleased to report the completion of the Center’s outdoor play space renovation. It includes designated areas for preschool and school age children, a basketball court, a tricycle path, a reading area, outdoor drums, interactive equipment and raised gardens. The conclusion of this major capital project has enhanced the Center as well as the neighborhood. Feedback regarding its design, function and use of space has been overwhelmingly positive. Our children and their parents are thrilled with it and children play daily with enthusiasm and joy. The Center’s programs continue to operate at 95% or above of our licensed capacity. We continue to offer children diverse supplemental programs. These thriving programs include: 5-2-1-0/ MyPlate health initiatives, parent/child cooking classes, nutrition trainings, creative movement, educational field trips, Art, Music, Science and Literacy programs.
For 46 years, Rainbow has provided safe, affordable and exceptional early education and care to thousands of children and their families. Studies confirm and we know first-hand that brain development is built over time, from the bottom up. Very early experiences from birth to five affect the quality of a child’s brain architecture for learning, health and behavior. When children transition from preschool to elementary school, Rainbow continues to address the needs of children and families. Our “School Age Program” partners with Worcester Public Schools and Charter Schools and offers educational and enjoyable after-school care plus summer camp for children five to thirteen years old.
However, there is more work to be done! This year our focus is to foster children’s resiliency. The single universal factor for a child to develop resilience is to establish at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult. Undertaking this work takes commitment and devotion. Rainbow is fortunate to collaborate with many dedicated philanthropic community partners comprised of businesses, foundations and individuals. We also have an outstanding Board of Directors and dedicated staff. I greatly appreciate all of their hard work and perseverance. I am filled with great hope and encouragement that with your continued support and generosity, we will be able to continue to serve thousands of children in the years to come!
Board Member Opportunities
Rainbow Child Development Center’s Board of Directors is looking for people to serve on the Board and Advisory Board. If you would like to learn more about the Board and Advisory Group functions, please click here.