Rainbow Child Development Center transforms the lives of at-risk children and their families by providing quality educational and therapeutic programs and services.
- Sustain a leadership position in early education and care by providing children from
infancy up to 13 years old academic, social and emotional services that maximize
their academic aptitude and influence their passion for lifelong learning.
- Implement innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math)
learning experiences to engage children in STEAM skills and proficiencies.
- Implement healthy lifestyle and nutrition programs. Key initiatives include increasing
students’ practice of recognizing, growing, cooking and eating nutritious food.
Rainbow Child Development Center (RCDC) services 250 highly at-risk children
daily from 6 weeks up to 13 years old and offers high returns on investment to
the City of Worcester. The Center’s three programs, namely, Family Child Care,
Preschool and Extended Learning School Age Program, supported by our community
partners, provide proactive, innovative programs that ultimately transform the lives
of children and their families. Each day RCDC’s team of teachers and administrators
work toward closing the achievement gap and eliminating the cycle of poverty. This
is accomplished through leading edge programming, best practices in assessment,
collaborating with community partners, and establishing a partnership with parents
that facilitates their children’s success and their retention of their full-time
employment to become self-sufficient.
The Center serves children from very low income families. Many are subject to daily
adverse experiences that include being victims of abuse or neglect. The center of
RCDC’s attention is to enhance students’ academic success and self-esteem through
enriched academic, cultural and healthy lifestyle programs.
The Center’s healthy lifestyle and nutrition programs continue to grow and develop.
Last summer children enjoyed planting, caring for and eating fresh tomatoes,
peppers, basil, squash and broccoli from Preschool children. Children in the after
school program participated in a nutritional food series facilitated by Nutritional
Educators from UMass Food Extension Program.
Throughout the year, Rainbow hosts family-friendly events at no cost such as:
A Parent Healthy Cooking On a Budget Series, “Veggie Parties,” African Dance and
Drumming Presentation, Family Bingo, and Art Exhibits. Needless to say, the Center
is vibrant. We encourage you to visit Rainbow Child Development Center to see
how your support has transformed children’s lives!
Programs Funded By RCDC Community Partners & Businesses
Rainbow offers the following customized programs listed below to children throughout
the year to enhance their knowledge, increase their strengths, support a healthy
lifestyle and enhance their self-esteem!
- Speech & Language Development Program
- Healthy Lifestyle & Nutrition Program
- Exercise Your Mind – Reading Program
- Summer Literacy
- African Art Education
- Fine Art
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math
- Social Emotional Therapy
- Summer Science Program
- Exercise and Creative Movement
- Urban & Hydroponic Gardening
- 5210 – Go Worcester Go!
- Parent Healthy Cooking Classes