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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Growing Up So Fast

We have all been there, losing patience with our child as he or she develops their independence, all while refusing our help with putting on shoes, their coat or daily tasks… and it seems to always happen when we are running late and have somewhere important to be!

We may find this to be stressful when really, it is a wonderful experience for every child. Your child has been developing their self-help skills and has finally mastered putting their clothes on, and even using the bathroom without yelling for help!

Some parents may see their “baby” disappearing as their self-help skills develop, however it is important to remember that they are coming into their own and becoming independent! Our children will still need our help, however there are instances when they can complete a task all by themselves. Not only do self-help skills foster independence in our young children, they also help increase the child’s level of confidence.

Below are some examples of self-help skills based on age ranges:

Age in Months

24 – 36

  • Feeds self with little spilling
  • Holds spoon independently
  • Undresses with no help
  • Can take off coat and put on with assistance
  • Can turn a door handle
  • Incomplete tooth brushing
  • Can wash and dry hands with adults assistance
  • Toileting – expresses verbal anticipation; control during the day, needs reminders

36 – 48

  • Can pour from a small pitcher
  • Can spread soft substances with a knife
  • Unties bows, unbuckles belt, unzips zippers
  • Buttons and unbuttons large buttons
  • Can wash hands and body independently
  • Wipes nose without being told
  • Toileting – control at night; may need help with wiping; goes to the bathroom independently

48 – 60

  • Can cut with a knife independently
  • Can put shoes on correct feet; tie shoes
  • Knows clothing front from back
  • Toileting – fulling independent
  • Brushes teeth independently



Way to Encourage Self-Help Skills in Children; Extension