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Rainbow Daycare, INC. ("RDC") opened its doors for business on September 9, 1986. The first person with a vision and determination to fulfill her dream (to our benefit) was Dorothy Benjamin, a new mother with a need for childcare. In 1981, she was ahead of her time in developing the first on-site infant daycare facility for State workers in California (Capital Infant/Toddler Center). For five years, Ms. Benjamin with the help of Tess Albin-Smith and several other parents fought to keep our lease, which was on State property scheduled for other state uses. Our troubles finally gained attention in 1984 when the State of California established a childcare fund to help state employees start their own centers. The parents organized as a non-profit corporation and with Ms. Benjamin's assistance, we were able to stay together another two years until we moved to our current site.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Dorothy Benjamin and Tess Albin-Smith, the center's founding president, as well as to the tireless efforts and determination not only of our parents, but our State officials, legislators, volunteer crews, and staff. Their willingness and determination gave life to RDC. Our parents, Board of Directors, and staff continue to work diligently to make RDC the best that it can be!
Let's keep the spirit alive!
Rainbow Daycare, Inc. fosters a philosophy of providing a positive learning environment designed to guide children to discover new information, skills and concepts. Our curriculum offers the best social, emotional, academic and cognitive experiences for children. We provide a variety of learning experiences that encourage a positive self-image and inspire joy in the learning process. We respect each child as an individual who possesses a unique personality, intelligence and creativity. Our highly-trained and dedicated staff members establish environments that are clean, fun, creative and child oriented.
Rainbow Daycare, Inc. develops close bonds not just with the child, but with the family. As a parent co-operative, we place great value on interaction and participation within the center. Rainbow is a place not just for your child, but for your whole family. We embrace a Primary Care Giver model, encouraging bonds to form and flourish between a child and a dedicated Primary Care Giver.
The pre-academic curriculum utilized by highly trained Rainbow Daycare, Inc. teachers is designed to allow for emergent learning at age- and developmentally-appropriate levels. We believe in a play-based approach to learning. By facilitating learning experiences, we encourage children to learn a concept to a maximum level, covering monthly themes and topics of discussion but always tying in our core study material. We believe in building a child’s skills to enable success in Kindergarten, and beyond.
We offer a play-based, thematic and multicultural curriculum for children ages six weeks-five years of age. Rainbow’s Curriculum was developed with the vision of “guiding” children through the learning process by utilizing hands on activities rather than “showing” them how to learn. The program also allows children to participate in a holistic learning approach with the teacher interacting at the child's level. The focus is always on the process of learning and not the end product. Our goal at Rainbow is to have children engaged in a variety of activities and to become “life-long” learners.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250-9410 Or call 866 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339, or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Infant/Toddler Program, ages 0-2 years of age: 340312651
Preschool (age 2 years)- First Grade: 340309465
Thank you for choosing or considering Rainbow Daycare for your child! Rainbow Daycare is a parent owned non-profit daycare operated by a seven-member Board of Directors in collaboration with the Executive Director of RDC. The Board of Directors is primarily comprised of other parents who like you choose RDC for their child. Having a parent run Board of Directors helps make the RDC experience a unique and rewarding one. Parents have a direct voice in the functions and success of the center. It is our hope that each family will have a rich and rewarding experience with RDC and recommend our center to other families looking for care.
The Board of Directors Purpose
The Board of Directors primary goal is to ensure that RDC provides a safe, educational, nurturing environment for our children staffed by the most qualified and caring personnel. In addition, the Board must conduct, manage, and control the business operations of the center including establishing policy and ensuring compliance with State Licensing.
Each board member serves a term of one year with three board members elected in April and four board members elected in October of each year. Board members may serve consecutive terms but must be re-elected. When vacancies exist, the Executive Director will assist in soliciting for candidate statements from interested parents. All interested parents will submit a signed candidate statement detailing why they are interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Each candidate's name and statement will become available to each family of RDC for a ballot and subsequent election.
The Board of Directors meets monthly at the center at 5:45 p.m. and meetings typically last about an hour. Board meetings are open to any RDC family or staff wishing to attend. Information regarding the schedule of board meetings and listing of your current board members is available on the Parent Board at the entrance of the center.
A set of by-laws governs the Board of Directors. A copy of the by-laws is available at your request from the Executive Director of RDC.
The Board of Directors has four officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Acting board members elect officers at the first board meeting following elections.
Rainbow Daycare is a parent governed non-profit organization that relies heavily on parent participation. Parent involvement in the administration of, fundraising for, and maintenance of Rainbow Daycare is a unique and essential part of the success of our center. Parents provide RDC with invaluable labor and resources and help defray operating expenses. Parents, through their participation, also have the opportunity to influence the direction and purpose of RDC. Completion of parent participation hours is a term and condition of each enrollment contract.
Thirty parent hours are required each year (July 1 – June 30) for all two-parent families who have a child enrolled full time. Parent hours are pro-rated for families who are here less than a full year based on the month of enrollment. The following time commitment is required of every RDC parent:
FT (4-5 days) 36 hours per year
PT (2-3 days) 18 hours per year
FT (4-5 days) 24 hours per year
PT (2-3 days) 12 hours per year
Parents are responsible for recording parent hours. Parent Hour cards are located in a binder on the table in front of the Parent Board. When parent(s) complete time on a volunteer activity, the parent(s) fill out the Parent Hour card indicating the activity with the amount of time worked or amount of money spent. All recorded parent hours require RDC staff approval in order to be valid. Parent Hour cards will remain at RDC at all times. The purpose of the Parent Hour card is to keep an accurate record of hours for that year. Each family will receive a new Parent Hour card every July. Any parent hours earned in excess of what is required may carry over into the next year. Parents are responsible for ensuring their new Parent Hour card reflects any carried over balances. The Executive Director will audit these cards periodically throughout the year and will notify parents of any parent hours owed.
The Executive Director will approve all qualifying parent hour activities. RDC will schedule parent workdays on weekends periodically throughout the year to do extra cleaning, maintaining, and improvements to RDC – inside and out. Volunteering for parent workdays is one way to earn parent hours. The Executive Director and RDC staff will post on-going projects for which parents can earn parent hours. Examples may include purchasing/donating materials, repair of classroom items, making copies or typing forms, maintaining the yard, chaperoning field trips, attending Parent or Board meetings, or participation in fundraisers. All donations of supplies require pre-approval by the Executive Director of RDC and convert into parent hours at a rate of 1 hour for every $15 spent or fundraised. The parent must provide receipts for newly purchased supplies. For donated supplies second hand, the Executive Director will make the determination of how many parent hours to credit. RDC is committed to assisting parents in completing their parent hours. Parents may contact the Executive Director for help in finding ways to complete their requirement.
Enforcement and Payment
Starting in April, the Executive Director will notify parents of deficit parent hours. Parents who do not complete the required parent hours by June 30 will be required to buy their remaining hours out at a rate of $15 per hour. Parents must submit payment for deficit parent hours by July 15. Failure to pay for parent hours owed will result in the termination of enrollment and loss of their priority as a "returning family". If your child leaves RDC prior to July 1, any unfulfilled hours will be pro-rated and billed to you at a rate of $15.00 per hour.
The primary aim of RDC is to protect your child to the greatest degree possible. Health checks are done every day as each child enters the center. The check consists of observing the child's general appearance, feeling body temperature, and observing the skin for rashes or obvious signs of illness. After this check, RDC staff may determine not to accept a child for that day. If a child should seem extremely fatigued or ill during the day, RDC will notify the parent to pick up the child. We are not equipped to care for sick children. If this is your child's first group experience, it is quite possible that he or she will have more illnesses than before. We are counting on the cooperation of parents in keeping children home who are ill, or who seem unusually fatigued, or show symptoms of possible illness.
When a child becomes ill with a communicable disease or anything the Center for Disease Control deems contagious, the parent should notify the Executive Director immediately so that the center can notify other parents of their child's exposure. In many circumstances, illnesses are most contagious prior to the child exhibiting any signs. As such, RDC asks that parents notify the center regardless of when the child first became ill.
Conditions for Exclusion from RDC
The Executive Director will notify families of children exposed to contagious illness at RDC. Parents are required to notify RDC within 24 hours of any serious illness in the family, including diagnosis and cause of illness. This required even if the child is kept at home or if it is a sibling or parent who is ill.
The following is a list of infectious diseases or symptoms that will require exclusion of a child from RDC.
Fever greater than or equal to 100.5 degrees F
Severe abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
Skin rashes (until diagnosed and treated)
Measles or Rubella
Lice or nits
In addition to the above, if your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, RDC asks that the child not participate in the program.
A painful, red throat, even if fever is not present
A deep, hacking cough
Difficulty breathing or untreated wheezing
Complaints of stiff neck and headache accompanied by other symptoms
Yellow discharge from the eyes
An unusual yellow coloring of the skin or eyes
Cuts or openings on the skin that are pus-filled or oozing
Once a child is treated and is not contagious, assuming the child is feeling fit to participate in the daily activities, the child may return to care.
Picking up a sick child
If your child develops any of the listed symptoms after arriving at RDC, you will be called to pick up your child. In order to minimize the other children's exposure to illness, when you are notified to pick up your sick child, you must do so within 45 minutes. (Please note: sick children must be isolated from the other children and RDC staff is not staffed to provide sick childcare.) If your child is not picked up in the allocated 45 minutes after you or your office is notified, you will be charged according to the late pick up charges described above which will be payable immediately. Staff will make every effort to make your child comfortable until you arrive.
If staff is unable to reach a parent/guardian, the staff will contact those people authorized to pick up the child from RDC. Remember, it is always the parents' responsibility to be available or have someone available to care for their child should he or she becomes ill at daycare.
Return to the Center
Generally, a child who has been ill cannot return to RDC until 24-48 hours after initial treatment with medication, if appropriate. In addition, the child must be fever-free and no longer showing symptoms of illness. The Executive Director will consult with the County Health Department or a health consultant as needed. The final decision as to whether a child may return is at the discretion of the Executive Director or Assistant Director. In certain situations of illness, the Executive Director may require a written note from a physician before allowing the child to return to care.
In the event of an accident or medical emergency requiring immediate treatment, a staff member will perform first aid and/or CPR while another staff member calls 911 immediately. A third staff member will then contact the parents and the child's physician. In an urgent situation, RDC top priority is to ensure that the child's immediate medical needs are treated.
Rainbow Daycare utilizes secured doors on all entrances into the center and classrooms. At the time of enrollment, RDC will provide parents with the codes to access the center. The door codes are confidential. RDC asks that parents do not share with anyone who is not a current family or an authorized person to pick up a child of Rainbow Daycare. Maintaining the integrity of the door codes is essential to the health and safety of the children, as such, the door codes may change periodically.
RDC posts the emergency plan in each classroom and in the office of the center. RDC staff trains continuously on the evacuation procedures of the center and the children participate in regular evacuation drills. Each classroom is equipped with an emergency backpack that includes a First Aid kit and other items that would be essential in an emergency. In the case of an emergency, the staff's first priority is to ensure the health and safety of every child and staff member. Following, staff will begin to contact each family and arrange for pick up of the child. The current evacuation plan calls for the center personnel to evacuate to Roosevelt Park.
Your kids will thank you!
I was so scared to put my kids in daycare. I spent months searching for the right one. When I first went to Rainbow, 4 years ago, I was impressed by how quiet and happy the kids were. I expected a lot of crying and chaos, I guess!
Over the years, I have spent a lot of time there as a parent, and I'm very impressed with all the teachers and the staff. The teachers have been helpful, not just being good caretakers to my children, but to me personally.
My kids are so happy there, and they have learned so much. Rainbow has a great curriculum, a wonderful meal plan, and is a non-profit run by the parents, so as a parent, I like that. It's like a family.
I'm particularly impressed with how wonderful they are with the infants and toddlers. As a new mom, I was so worried about leaving my infant with strangers. But after the first few days, they were showing me things my child could do that I didn't even know she was capable of. They expanded my parenting skills and gave me so many helpful tips over the years.
The number one thing is, my kids are happy and well-cared for. Like the other parent said, when I go to pick my kids up, they don't want to go home. They are excited and want to show me everything they have been doing. It's such a great feeling.
Rainbow has an open-door policy. Parents are free to drop in any time, and believe me, I have. I like that a lot, because I know I'm seeing the REAL Rainbow, and I've never been disappointed.
Pros: excellent, experienced, caring staff
Thank goodness I found Rainbow
I moved here from out of state and did not kwo anybody, or have any references for a daycare. My kids had been in a small home daycare since 8 weeks of age. Immediately when I walked in and met the teachers I felt comfortable. My kids love it, and are upset when I pick them up at night.
Pros: ratio of kids to teachers, and the wonderful teachers
Cons: cant think of one
The Gold at the end of the Rainbow!
We moved to Sacramento recently and needed a daycare center for our daughter. She had always been in a home daycare facility since she was one years old. She didn't like daycare facilities at all. I would drop her off at one for the afternoon to try it out and they would call me to come and pick her up. At Rainbow they asked me what her favorite breakfast was and had it for her the very first morning she attended. The teachers are warm, caring and take extremely good care of her. She talks about them all the time and enjoys her new friends. She adapted very quickly and was even fully potty trained within a few weeks. I am so glad we found Rainbow it is an acceptional place for your child to be if you have to work.
Pros: Good class size and very good, caring teachers
Cons: Close at 5:40pm. Sometimes hard to get there on time after work.
Our daughter, Ava LOVES Rainbow!! She giggles everytime we mention it. I was very choosy about daycare centers & interviewed a ton. Rainbow has great staff, a great program, and best of all- I feel confident that my daughter will have a great day with her friends at Rainbow.
I referred a friend there and her 2 year old also loves it.
My daughter attends Rainbow Day Care and she loves it. She looks forward to going to Rainbow and loves her teachers. I can go to work and focus on my day because I know she is in fabulous care. I would highly recommend Rainbow Day Care to anyone looking for childcare in downtown Sacramento.
Great Daycare!: My daughter loves her Daycare, and we love it, too! The ladies at Rainbow Daycare take such good care of her, and the kids there all seem very happy. I think they do a fantastic job, and it has eased my mind so much, since I had to go back to work. I know my baby is in good hands! If she can't be with me, this is the next best thing! It's been a month now, and we are very pleased with the experience.
1) General Request Form
2) Health History - Parent's Report
3) Health Evaluation - Physician's Report
4) Consent Treatment
5) Enrollment Contract
6) Parents' Rights
7) Personal Rights
8) Meal Benefit Form
9) Child Care Food Program
10) Emergency Information
11) Mailing List
12) RDC Emergency Card
13) RDC Medical Care Permission
14) Illness Policy
15) Keep Me Home If. . .
16) Income Eligibility Guidelines
17) Parent Hours Binder Sheets
Caren Wilkerson, Executive Director
Hello! My name is Caren Wilkerson and I am the Executive Director here at Rainbow. I have been working with children for over 20 years. I have a MA degree in curriculum and instruction with emphasis in early childhood. I would love to pursue my PhD in child psychology. I have always had a passion for working with children from the early age of 9 when I began babysitting. I feel each child is unique and special in their own way and it is my job to help them to become life-long learners. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband, Terry, of 27 years, and my three beautiful children Alex, Alyssa, and TJ, and my amazing grandson Noah. I have a grandma who will be 100 years old in August 2013. She has been such an inspiration to me and has always taught me to go after my dreams. She has inspired me to take advantage of everyday I have and to always, "learn something new each day."
Ms. Blanca, Lead Teacher
I have worked with Rainbow for over 12 years. I have over a decade of experience with each age group of pre-school children and infant/toddlers. It is my passion to work with children so I can provide love, education, and respect. I hold more than 30 units of ECE classes and a Social Worker Diploma. I believe early education is a great start for the future. I enjoy collecting items, listening to Christian music, and reading.
Ms. Rachelle, Lead Teacher
I've been working with children since 1998. I started as an infant teacher at Kinder Care in Southern California. I then moved to the Bay Area, working as a Head Teacher for Children's Creative Learning Center. While working at the C.C.L.C., I helped to open two new centers; one in Folsom, CA, the other in the Federal Building in San Francisco, CA. Later, I moved to Citrus Heights and became an Assistant Director at Kinder Care. I work with children because I find it truly rewarding to watch the children conquer developmental milestones in their lives. I have earned over 24 Early Childhood Education units while attending Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. I am currently continuing my education to attain my degree in Early Childhood Education. I believe that each child has the ability to learn at their own pace in a nurturing and positive environment. I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, Dow, and our two girls, Alexsys and Raven. I also enjoy cooking, and arts and crafts.
I have worked with children ages 6 months to 5 years old for more than 5 years now. I worked in the ASI Children's Center at Sacramento State for two years while I was in school. I love the curiosity and enthusiasm children have when learning new things. I love how they get excited in learning something new in the classroom, because it shows that we've made a difference in their lives. I hold my B.A. in Child Development (concentration in Social & Community Settings) from Sacramento State University, as well as an A.A. in Social & Behavioral Sciences and Natural Sciences & Mathematics from Napa Valley College. I believe that children are the future. I believe that children learn through everything that is going on around their environment. They get curious and start taking interest in the things they see happening around them when they're young. I love their curiosity in learning new things. I enjoy baking desserts, photography, reading, going to church, and spending time with family & close friends.
I have always known I wanted to work with children even when I was a child myself. I have worked with infants and children ages 2-11 years old. I attained my AA degree in Early Childhood education and began working with children in 2012. I plan on attending Sac. State to further my education in ECE. I strongly believe children learn best through play and exploring their environments. It's fun to get to know each child's personality and watch them learn and grow. I love being around children because they are so spontaneous and uninhibited which makes everyday different from the last. In addition to working with children, I work at the Regal theater. When not working, I enjoy spending time with family friends, watching movies, reading and sleeping.
Junior Pre-School Teachers (Yellow Class)
Ms. Aijuan, Lead Teacher
I have worked with children for over 8 years. I have a passion for working with children. I enjoy laughing, playing, and learning with them. Currently, I hold over 40 ECE units and am attending school to obtain my Site Supervisor Permit. I believe children learn through play. Parents and teachers work as a team to encourage learning.
I have been working professionally with young children for over 12 years. I have 29 ECE units, an Associate Teacher Certificate, and special training in DRDP+. I have currently enrolled back into Sac City College to finish my A.A. in Child Development. Being the oldest of four children and taking care of them for most of my life made me naturally attracted to working with children (so attracted that I have two children of my own and seven step children). Yes, everyday feels like a family reunion in our house. My favorite toy is bubbles and I love ladybugs. In my "alone time" I enjoy reading about history and writing. I've converted to Islam in 2006, and really, really enjoy being a part of our Rainbow family.
Pre-School and Pre-K Teachers (Purple Class)
Ms. Lauren, Lead Teacher
I began working in early childhood education in 2005. Before working in pre-schools, I volunteered with Girl Scouts and did a lot of babysitting. I hold my B.A. in Child Development from Sacramento State University. In 2011-12 I participated in the Preschool Bridging Model through the County of Sacramento. I work with children because I want to be a part of building our future. I also enjoy how much I learn about life from children. I enjoy sewing, reading, dancing, camping, hiking, and handing out with my husband and our three dogs. I also love the SF Giants! Interesting facts:
I've read the Harry Potter series over 10 times.
I'm the oldest child of three girls.
I have a freckle on my finger that my mom thought was dirt. She tried to scrub it off, but it's still there.
Ms. Jessica S., Lead Teacher
I have volunteered with children since 2006, and have worked with pre-school aged children since 2008. I have worked as an Assistant Teacher and Teacher. I come from a big family, and have always felt being with children is a second nature for me. I have 7 nieces and nephews, and can't wait to have my own family! I hold my B.S. in Speech Pathology through Sacramento State University, and my Teacher's Permit through Sacramento City College. I believe in letting children live and learn through experience. I make amazing costumes out of cardboard! Give me come cardboard, a box-cutter, and hot glue, and I'm all set!
Ms. Jessica H.
While working with children at SETA Head Start I gained my experience as an Assistant Teacher. I have also held various tutoring positions with Bowling Green Elementary, Florin Elementary. I believe that people should do what they love to do, and I love to teach. My passion is teaching because I am fascinated by watching the development of children. This is the fulfillment of my youthful dreams. I hold my Bachelors of Art in Child Development and Minor in Social Work. I believe that learning can be fun and creative. Through my studies I find that all people learn differently. I strongly believe as teachers we should know as many different teaching techniques as possible. I am disturbed by cuts in the educational budget, because I believe that no one subject goes to the core of learning for example we need Math, Science, Physical Education, Geography and Language and the Arts. It is about teaching the child to be well rounded in order for them to have all the possible potential to be successful. I like skating, reading and karaoke.
Childhood is a special time of wonder, imagination, and discovery. I believe that art and play go hand in hand in each child's life. Its an essential part of growing up, it allows children to express themselves, learn and help expand their understanding of the world around them. I believe teaching is a privilege, I am honored to be a part of each child's journey . I am passionate about teaching , it's the most effective and most enjoyable way to change the world. I currently hold over 40 Early Childhood Education units, 30 Studio Art units, an Teacher Certificate and currently working on getting my Bachelor in Child Development. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my loving husband, Neal and our 3 adorable boys Danny (11), Ayden (5) and Owen (2). I love visiting different art gallery, museums, botanical gardens and zoos. I enjoy painting, drawing, etching and scrapbooking.
Ms. Tracy - Kitchen Manager
I have been in the education field for about three years. I have attended Ashworth College and Northern Virgina Community College. I have three kids and many hobbies ranging from hiking, swimming, and exercise to cooking and spending time with my family and friends.
Ms. Josephine - Center Facilitator
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901 P Street, Suite 155B,
Sacramento, CA 95814