Rainbow and project REACH

Rainbow has participated in project REACH – Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for the past three years. REACH is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

Terry O’Toole Chief CDC, Program Development and Evaluation Branch, Div of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity highlighted Rainbow’s nutrition program during his comments regarding how Worcester’s Dept. of Public Health has implemented the project within greater Worcester.

Give Back Classic Golf Tournament 2021 Pictures

Rainbow child development Golf classicThank you to all sponsors, donors, golfers, board members, and volunteers who contributed to Rainbow’s successful Golf Classic! We are so grateful for your support. Because of your efforts and support Rainbow continues to empower children, give them opportunities to be successful, and ultimately transform their lives!

Rainbow’s 2021 Golf Tournament Sponsors

Rainbow Child Development is grateful to our corporate sponsors. See the list of corporate sponsors.

Enjoy our golf tournament photos!

Hannaford Donates $20,000 To Rainbow Child Development Center

Hannaford Supermarkets and the Hannaford Charitable Foundation today jointly announced $50,000 in donations to support virtual learning programs for Central Massachusetts families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation includes #20,000 each to the Boys and Girls Club of Metro South in Taunton and Rainbow Child Development Center in Worcester, as well as $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell.

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Rainbow Child Development Center Appoints Paula Perrier Executive Director

Paula Perrier will succeed Joyce Rowell who retired in June after her nine-year tenure as the Center’s Executive Director. Perrier will begin her time as the center’s new Executive Director on August 28, 2020. Perrier brings over thirty years of administrative and supervisory experience in Massachusetts licensed child care as well as experience working with children and families from diverse populations and income levels. Read the Press Release

T&G Santa: Rainbow Center’s safe haven on Santa’s list

By Bill Thomas, Correspondent

Posted Nov 29, 2017 at 12:40 PM Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 12:46 PM

WORCESTER – Nancy Thibault of the Rainbow Child Development Center likens the center’s role to that of an oasis in the midst of poverty.

To that end, the Edward Street early education and after-school facility’s staff is gratified that the center’s children have been chosen as a Telegram & Gazette Santa Fund recipient for the first time this year.

“I can’t tell you how much the gifts from T&G Santa help,” Ms. Thibault said, noting that center students from 3 to 13 years of age will be the recipients. “Our parents do not have discretionary funds for Legos, craft kits and art kits. Each child will get two nice gifts that are age-appropriate and new,” she said, emphasizing the latter word. (more…)

Outdoor Play Space Restoration

play space event
The Center’s ADA Outdoor Play Space and Natural Classroom was
completed in July 2017 and the Grand Opening event was held on September 8th. Please see The Grand Opening Program for full details on the event.

The new play space now features numerous climbers, balance and overhead components that will increase children’s strength and endurance. Components include:

  • A tricycle path
  • An age appropriate obstacle course
  • Enhanced outdoor garden area
  • Safe rubber and turf areas to play on and shade structures
  • Equipment designed and certified by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector

Worcester early education center serving at-risk students unveils new playspaces

By Scott O’Connell
Telegram & Gazette Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at 7:48 PMUpdated at 6:19 AM

WORCESTER – Rotting wood and rusted bolts at the Rainbow Child Development Center’s old play area have been replaced by brand-new playsets, thanks to the generosity of donors and a six-figure government grant.

Just as important, said officials at the Edward Street-based early education and after-school center, which serves disadvantaged children in the area, the gleaming playground introduced at a ceremony on Friday will enable safer, better playtime for those kids and, in the process, hopefully help close an achievement gap separating them and their more well-off peers. (more…)