The History of Rainbow Daycare

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!

Our Philosophy

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.

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