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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Teaching Children to Avoid Stranger Danger

At Rainbow Child Care Center, we recognize the importance of keeping children safe. That is our top priority, starting when you first step-in to our building. All of our buildings have secured key pad entrances, as a first line of defense against strangers entering our facilities. We work hard at encouraging parents to not let people in behind them, at the risk of feeling awkward by shutting the door on someone, but we know all parents want their children to be safe as well. Our teachers are also trained to check the ID of anyone that is picking up that they are unfamiliar with. Once again, our goal is safety, not to be rude to grandma who is picking up for the first time.

Children’s social skills really start to blossom around 3-5 years of age, which makes it important to have conversations about stranger safety with your child and set clear limits without scaring them. Concepts such as strangers and danger are still very abstract concepts to children and they won’t always know intuitively what is right and wrong. Your child may think of their aunt that they see twice a year as a stranger, but the man who uses the same bus stop every day as someone that they know, though you have never had a conversation.

  • Teach your child to check with a parent before engaging in conversation or going anywhere with an adult that is not their parent. This could involve something as simple as them looking at you and you nodding or shaking your head, but then you will be aware of who your child is interacting with.
  • Another important conversation is letting children know that they need to stay where they can see you. If you phrase it more along the lines of “Don’t leave my sight,” your child may assume that you can still see them when you can’t. To your child, being able to see you is more concrete so they are better able to follow the limit.
  • Talk about the differences between surprises and secrets. If you use these words interchangeably, you child may not be able to distinguish when an adult tells them not to share something with you. You want to set the limit that mom and dad have the right to know and secrets should not be kept from them.
  • Avoid putting your child’s name on their backpack or clothing. If an adult addresses your child by their name, they may assume that they know them even if they do not. Reinforce that even if someone calls your child by their name, they should still look to you for confirmation before talking to, accepting something from or going with them.

Though it sometimes seems like a scary world out there, having conversations with your child can help ease their anxieties and help them feel prepared for new situations. Talking to them early and often about the topic of strangers will help them as their brains develop and they are better able to understand the concepts. Avoid scaring your child, by keeping the conversation light and setting boundaries that your child is cognitively capable to understand. The more specific you can be, the easier it will be for your child to follow the limits you set.