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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Supporting Self-Regulation in Young Children

Early childhood theories support a direct correlation between school success predictors and a child’s ability to demonstrate cognitive control, otherwise known as self-regulation.

Self-regulation is widely accepted as a critical social and emotional skill underpinning children’s ability to act pro-socially. “The ability to self-regulate enables children to adapt to and gain the most from their environment; thus much attention is given to the developmental process and experiences that help children develop self-regulation skills.” (Vallotton & Ayoub, 2010, p. 169)

In order for children to acquire positive behaviors, they must learn to connect experiences with present action and strengthen their ability to self-regulate through language and emotional development. Teachers and early childhood professionals can support executive function by incorporating teaching techniques that nurture self-regulation skills, providing children with the ability to regulate emotions and behaviors, and manage feelings through language. Another association to academic achievement can be supported by the child’s social and emotional development.

Here are some examples of children developing self-regulation and what it may look like with your child:

  • Starts to learn how to manage their feelings
    • Uses adult support to calm self
    • Comforts self by seeking out a special object or person
    • Is able to look at a situation differently or delay gratification
    • Controls strong emotions in an appropriate manner most of the time
  • Follows limits and expectations
    • Responds to change in an adult’s tone-of-voice and expression
    • Accepts redirection from an adult
    • Manages classroom or household rules with occasional reminders
    • Applies basic rules in new, but similar, situations
  • Takes care of own needs appropriately
    • Indicates needs and wants
    • Seeks to do things for themselves
    • Demonstrates confidence in meeting own needs
    • Takes responsibility for well-being

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Vallotton, C., & Ayoub, C. (2010). Use your words: The role of language in the development of toddlers’ self-regulation. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26, 169-181. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2010.09.002