Rainbow’s Commitment to Children and Families
The demand for early childhood care and education programs continues to increase
not only in response to the growing demand for out-of-home child care but also in
recognition of the critical importance of educational experiences during the early
years. Decades of research clearly demonstrate that high-quality, developmentally
appropriate early childhood programs produce short and long-term positive effects
on children’s cognitive and social development.
Rainbow Child Development Center’s early education and care continues to enhance
its integrated approach to programs that directly include and involve families, business
partners, local and state educational entities and foundations. Each represents a
vital component to the Center’s operation, program implementation, progress,
enhancements, and evaluation.
Specifically, at-risk children enrolled in high-quality, stable, early education and
care programs, are more likely to engage in; complex inquiry, demonstrate secure
attachments to adults and other children, and have elevated reasoning and language
abilities. Additionally, these children are more likely to positively adjust to elementary
school, and are less likely to have behavior issues.
Children’s success during preschool and the first years of school often predicts
increased probability of continuing their education after high school. Rainbow’s
administration, teachers and staff are mindful of these interrelated components
and are equipped to maximize each child’s potential.
Rainbow Believes That Children Are The Future And Let Them Lead The Way!
Rainbow Child Development Center views children as tomorrow’s prosperity. The Center is committed to invest wisely in at-risk children and families today, in order to secure the Commonwealth of MA future success. RCDC’s focus is to combat children’s “toxic stress” that disrupts development of their brain architecture. Children enrolled in Rainbow’s Programs have experienced chronic, traumatic conditions such as poverty, abuse or neglect. If not addressed, frequently, these children will have lifelong difficulties in learning, memory, self-regulation and health issues which carry costly consequences for both children and society.
However, RCDC’s administration and staff work daily to address and eliminate children’s barriers and challenges that keeping them from maximizing their full potential. The Center’s team of administrators, teachers, staff and volunteers work to transform the lives of close to 250 “at-risk” disadvantaged children daily, 52 weeks per year. Rainbow continues to be deemed a Center that offers positive opportunitiesm academically, socially and emotionally for hundreds of children and their families.
Rainbow has provided care, education and social services to children and their families for 46 years. Each year we build upon our achievements and strive to meet new goals. The Center offers family-friendly events and engages parents and guardians to be involved with their child’s development. When children achieve academic success and are mentally and physically healthy, they are equipped to break the cycle of poverty, become economically self-sufficient and lead the way.
Lasting Friendships at Rainbow
Children’s friendships are clearly apparent when you visit Rainbow’s Family Child Care Homes, Preschool Classrooms, Afterschool Programs or watch children of all ages play outside on our playground. Children develop
lasting friendships early on while at Rainbow.
Childhood friendships are a vital part of growing up and an essential part of children’s social and emotional development. Attributes such as social competence,
self-esteem, and self-confidence have all been found to be positively correlated to having friends. Recent Harvard studies have shown that children who played frequently with their friends were far less likely to experience emotional barriers such as low self-esteem, feeling self-conscious or lack of enjoyment.
The study also reported that when children have friends they usually participate in physical exercise more often and for longer durations. The staff at Rainbow can attest to this fact, for whenever the weather permits, our “future NBA stars” are on Rainbow’s basketball court.
Rainbow’s administration, teachers, and staff promote the importance and value of children’s friendships and realize when children have healthy friendships, they thrive.