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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Stimulating Senses to Stimulate Growth

We know that young children are oriented toward sensory experiences. From birth, children have learned about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing. Sensory play also contributes in crucial ways to brain development. Think of it as “food for the brain.”

Stimulating the senses sends signals to children’s brains that help to strengthen neural pathways important for all types of learning. For example, as children explore sensory materials, they develop their sense of touch, which lays the foundation for learning other skills, such as identifying objects by touch, and using fine-motor muscles. The materials children work with at the sand and water table have many sensory attributes — they may be warm or cool, wet or dry, rough or smooth, hard or soft, textured or slimy. Discovering and differentiating these characteristics is a first step in classification, or sorting — an important part of preschoolers’ science learning and discovery.

Cinnamon Applesauce Playdough

  • 1 cup applesauce (store-bought applesauce works better than homemade)
  • 1 cup cinnamon


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Knead the dough until smooth.
  3. You can use cookie cutters to create your own cinnamon ornaments. The ornaments will take about 2 days to dry and you should flip them over a few times to help them dry better.

Gingerbread Playdough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger (Add more or less depending on your preference)


  1. Combine the dry ingredients together in one bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients (the oil and water).
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Heat the mixture over low heat for 3 minutes or until the mixture gets a dough-like consistency.









Look, Listen, Touch, Feel, Taste: The Importance of Sensory Play