Rainbow Child Development Center’s (RCDC) Signature Event on March 19, 2015 at The Hanover Theatre was a success and raised over $13,000. This achievement was possible through generous financial response from the Center’s community sponsors, business partners and individual donors.
Funding from the Signature Event helps to provide children with on-site Speech and Language Development Program, Play Therapy, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) courses, Fine Arts, Literacy, Raised Bed Gardening, Hydroponic Gardening and healthy lifestyle initiatives. All programs promote student achievement by fostering educational excellence.
The Center’s School Age Program was awarded $22,400 of grant funding from MA Department of Education to support our STEM initiative entitled “ Technology is Terrific !” Each week, over 130 students at City View, Belmont and Edward Street participate in a STEM program lead by Kim Bent, founder of Catch the Science Bug. Kim guides students how to construct Simple Machines and Simple Tools using Legos.
On February 7, 2014 Republican candidate for Governor, Charlie, his wife Lauren and Karyn Polito, candidate for Lieutenant Governor visited Rainbow Child Development Center. The visit comprised of Joyce Rowell, Ex. Director, providing an overview of The Center. Each of Rainbow’s three programs displayed samples of student’s work that ranged from Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Art, Literature and Creative Movement Programs.
The Bakers, Karyn Polito and Baker Campaign Team were impressed with Rainbow’s cross functional work with State Agencies, Foundations, nonprofit and private sector. They clearly understood the importance of quality early childhood programs for disadvantage children is cost efficient, close the achievement gap and ultimately improve economic productivity.
Their visit concluded with Charlie reading a book to preschool students.
The staff at Worcester’s Rainbow Child Development Center on Edward Street knew that in order to combat the national trends toward obesity among low-income children, they would have to enlist some help. That help comes in the form of fun stretches, teamwork and good food — perhaps eliciting more laughter and giggles than one might expect when talking about such serious subject matter.
Between a high reliance on processed food and working parents who are less likely to have time for fitness-related activities, the pint-sized patrons at RCDC — like kids from financially challenged households across the country — have a couple of chips stacked against them in the national war against obesity. (more…)
Rainbow Child Development Center participated in the 2013 YouthWorks Summer Program administered by the Central MA Workforce Investment Board. Rainbow was featured in the Central MA Youth Employment News on Dec. 27 , 2013. The article is an employer testimonial that highlights the benefit of participating in YouthWorks.
“Barbara Malesky was placed in Rainbow’s Preschool Group 3 classroom. This Group is comprised of 15 children and 2 teachers. Barbara is a senior at Worcester Technical High School where she is pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education. It was evident that Barbara had prior experience working with preschool children. Her prior experience which is a component of her studies at Worcester Tech, includes a six month internship at Worcester Tech’s Child Development Center during her freshman year and a full year internship during her sophomore year. Additionally, she has interned at the Guild of St. Agnes located on Granite St. during the past year. (more…)