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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Emergent Literacy

emergent-literacyWhy are building emergent literacy skills important to my child?

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. Even as newborns, children are beginning to develop the emergent literacy skills they will need to become successful readers. A newborn’s brain is about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight. By age 3, it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells. While we know that the development of a young child’s brain takes years to complete, we also know there are many things parents and caregivers can do to help children get off to a good start and establish healthy patterns for lifelong learning.

Emergent literacy in young children can be a crucial component to their long-term academic success. Helping children develop meaningful literacy experiences around books may create a passion for learning that can open many doors and build a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Reading with Your Young Child:

  • Children like to help turn the page
  • Children like to fill in the words in a story they know
  • Children like to point and name pictures
  • Children like to read the same book over and over
  • Children like books that are silly
  • Children like animals and animal noises
  • Children like to listen to a book at bedtime

Building Emergent Literacy Skills

  • Have books available to your child throughout the day
  • Visit the local library so children can choose new books
  • Schedule daily Family Reading Time at your house to promote reading
  • Read to your child daily
  • Make story time enjoyable by cuddling up with a good book
  • Ask questions about the story
  • Let your child tell you stories