Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center opened its first school in 1986 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Today there are more than 121 Rainbow Child Care Centers found in 15 states.

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The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool opened its doors in 2012, and continues to grow every year. If there is interest in your area, please let us know!

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Rainbow Referral

Rainbow Referral

Do you know a family in need of a Home Away From Home? Share the Rainbow Difference with the Rainbow Referral program and receive one free week of tuition!

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But I Don’t Want To Go To Bed!

Often times children don’t want to go to bed and it may be difficult for them to wind down from a busy day filled with fun and excitement.  A pleasant bedtime routine can help your child transition and calm down for a good night’s rest. To create a bedtime routine that works best for your family, you’ll need to meet the needs of your individual children. Put together a predictable consistent sequence of events that you can consistently follow in the same order every night. The routine will change as your child grows but the basics will remain the same. This helps your child build trust knowing their needs will be fulfilled which will support their emotional development.

Bedtime routines work best if you keep the hour before bedtime for quiet play. This will help lower your child’s activity level and prepare his/her nervous system for relaxation.  Refrain from announcing “It’s time for bed!” This might make your child upset if they don’t want to go to bed. Helping children transition into their bedtime routine involves respecting their play time and offering them warnings. “We are going to clean up in 5 minutes.” This will allow your child time to process the change and wrap-up his/her game.

Make sleep a family priority.  Sleep is a part of our basic needs as a human being.   Ensuring your child gets enough sleep every day can help your child learn how to regulate their emotions and create a healthy environment for them to grow.

Bedtime Routine Suggestions

Set a specific time and stick to it

  • Your child will adjust more quickly to the routine if the routine follows a consistent pattern.  This will help their body recognize it’s time to start calming down for the night.

 Offer a snack

  • A light snack will help your child stay asleep through the night.

 Brush teeth

  • Be sure to brush your child’s teeth after their snack to promote oral health.

Get dressed for bed

  • Choose comfortable pajamas that are neither too warm nor too light to help ensure body   temperature regulation during the night.

Read before bedtime

  • Reading to your child every night before bed will help your child relax as well as promote early emergent literacy skills important for reading success.

Play soft music

  • Playing soft music will help drown out any background noise and will also help your child relax.


  • Say “goodnight” when you are ready to leave the room and try not to come back into the room so your child knows it’s time for bed and it doesn’t turn into a game.


Total Sleep


Nighttime Sleep




Newborn-2 months



7-9 (3-5 naps)

2-4 months



4-5 (3 naps)

4-6 months



4-5 (2-3 naps)

6-9 months



3-4 (2 naps)

9-12 months



2-3 (2 naps)

12-18 months



2-3 (1-2 naps)

18 months – 2 years



2 (1 nap)

2-3 years



1-2 (1 nap)

3-5 years


[10-11] 10-13

0-1 (naps usually stop by age 5)

5-12 years




Sleep chart from http://www.parents.com/baby/sleep/basics/age-by-age-guide/