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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Potty Training as a Partnership

In order for a child to master potty training, consistency between home and school is essential. It is a partnership between parents and teachers to ensure your child is getting the same message from both sources. We recognize that schedules get busy and families may be on the go at night and on the weekends, but children will often regress if they switch between diapers and underwear frequently. We also want to use the same language to talk about bathroom time, so your child does not get confused by different vocabulary. If you use special words, please share them with us so we can provide continuity. Also, be sure to dress your child in clothes that are easy for them to get on and off. Avoid things like leotards, overalls and belts while your child is new to going potty so they can avoid having accidents while trying to get their clothes off.

Both at home and at school, these are things we want to keep in mind while potty training:

  • Remind children to use the restroom often
  • Set timers to help remind children to use the restroom (and ourselves to remind them to go)
  • Avoid scolding or disciplining children for accidents, it is more common to have accidents throughout the process
  • Always be prepared with multiple changes of clothing
  • Encourage children to use the potty and avoid giving physical rewards. If your child works well with incentives, you can use things like stickers, singing a special song, allowing them to call a special person and tell them their accomplishment, extra reading time with them, etc.
  • Point out telltale signs of “holding it” to children, so they can begin to recognize when they do these things

 Instead of using age as a readiness indicator, look for other signs that your child may be ready to start heading for the potty, such as the ability to:

  • Follow simple instructions
  • Understand words about the toileting process
  • Control the muscles responsible for elimination
  • Express a need to go verbally
  • Keep a diaper dry for 2 hours or more
  • Get to the potty, sit on it, and then get off the potty
  • Pull down diapers, disposable training pants, or underpants
  • Show an interest in using the potty or wearing underpants