Rainbow Chimes Child Care

The Most Dependable & Affordable
Early Education & Care In Huntington New York

Parent Testimonials

We’ve had lots of great things said about us!

Awards & Proclamations During its thirty-year history, Rainbow Chimes has always fulfilled its agency mission to nearly 5,000 children and their families in an exemplary manner. We have provided the highest quality child care and early childhood education to a generation of Long Islanders. Such experience and commitment derive directly from years of creative leadership in the early childhood education and care arena. The RCI programs, staff, and parents have been recognized with many Grant Awards, Donor Contributions, and prestigious Program, Service, and Community Awards.

Our Community, Capital & Project Grants enabled us to build our Huntington Facility.

  • $100,000 Community Enhancement Facilities Assistance Program
  • $500,000 Dormitory Authority Capital Funding
  • $100,000 NYS Office of Children & Families Program Start-up Grant
  • $150,000 Senate Member-Initiative Grants from Carl Marcellino
  • $120,000 Town of Huntington Community Development Grants
  • $25,000 Non-Profit Finance Fund
  • $10,000 Chamber of Commerce Project Grant
  • $8,600 Townwide Fund of Huntington

We are also very grateful to The Town of Huntington for granting us a section of “paper road” that became part of our Huntington campus, and to the Suffolk Industrial Development Agency for facilitating our mortgage financing.

Additional recognition goes to these legislators for their assistance: US Congressman Steve Israel, NYS Assemblyman James Conti, NYS Senators John Flanagan and Stephen Saland, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Huntington Town Board Members Marlene Budd, Mark Cuthbertson, Susan Berland, and Mark Capodanno and County Legislator Alan Binder.

We are immensely grateful to these major Founding Donor Contributors, who have enabled us to maintain the highest quality standards and community recognition. To make a donation to our center please visit our Donate Online page.

Funding or Land Gift
(*over $10,000; †over $50,000; ‡over $100,000)

Charles Bonfante *
Brian Dwyer *
Estee Lauder†
Leonard Friedland Foundation
Long Island Power Authority*
KeySpan Energy Corp.
George Link Charitable Trust*
Douglas Lowerre Charitable Trust
Laura & Donald Ludlam*
Edith & Carl Markel
A. Nichoson Foundation
Donald & Lisa Pius ‡
Michael & Mary Roche
In Loving Memory of Alex Vadell
In Loving Memory of Joseph C. Wallace *
Donation of Professional Services
Abcon Associates †
Allied Office Products
In Loving Memory of John Brown, R.A

Richard Cyrus
Davidoff & Malito, LLP *
Andrew Desiderio *
ELS Associates *
Fleet Bank
Forbo Industries *
Arthur Goldstein, PC *
Flanagan Contracting
Dilip Khale *
Mara Manin, PC
Moritt, Hock & Hamroff
Nixon Hargrave *
Charles Voorhis, Nelson Pope LLP *
Donation of Materials
Aboff’s Paint & Hardware
Anonymous Donor *
Benjamin Moore Paint *
Chris Painting Corp.
Home Depot/Behr & Glidden Paint
Moen Corp./Lance & Carol Silverman

Program Awards

  • In September 2000, Governor Pataki chose Rainbow Chimes as the site to sign the landmark Quality Child Care Protection Act. This distinctive honor was due to the outstanding accolades about our program from legislators, funders, community members, and the media.
  • In cooperation with Western Suffolk BOCES, Rainbow Chimes key team members applied for and implemented, an “Even Start Grant for Family Literacy Programs.” This RCI/BOCES collaboration, through its association with the Center for Family Resources, went on to receive the prestigious Barbara Bush Award for Literacy for their implementation of the High Scope Curriculum in a family literacy program. Rainbow Chimes’ Dix Hills site was then designated a “Model Center” for family literacy programs throughout New York State.Rainbow Chimes was honored with the 1991 Suffolk County Child Care Center of the Year Award; this was the last year such an award was issued.
  • Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) was first received in February 1994.

Service Awards

  • In 2008, the Executive Director of Rainbow Chimes, Katie Roche, was selected as 2008 New York State “Woman of Distinction,” by the New York State Senate. The award honors women “who exemplify personal excellence or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.”
  • In 2001, the Child Care Council of Suffolk presented Rainbow Chimes with their award for providing quality Early Childhood Education services to the Huntington community for twenty years.
    The Child Care Council of Suffolk the Council gave parents of children enrolled at RCI a special award for their outstanding involvement and contributions to the local early childhood education and care industry.
  • The Executive Director, Kathleen Roche, was given the American Association of University Women’s “Women Who Make a Difference” award for efforts related to Rainbow Chimes’ notable advocacy for quality early childhood education and care.

Community Awards

  • In 2009 and 2008, Rainbow Chimes was designated “The Best of LI” nursery school by the Long Island Press.
    In 2001, the Child Care Council of Suffolk presented the Rainbow Chimes with the Dianne Grayson-Wallace Award for advocacy on behalf of children and families.
  • RCI’s Executive Director, Kathleen Roche, was honored with the Suffolk County Women in History award for work related to Rainbow Chimes and the community. She was also a member of the Suffolk County Executive’s elite Child Care Task Force.
  • Rainbow Chimes leaders were chosen to be part of the “Panel of 300 Child Care Directors” nationwide who are solicited for areas of expertise in early childhood education for the Child Care Information Exchange publication.
  • Rainbow Chimes was selected as one of 200 centers, nationwide, to participate in a quality child care study sponsored by Senator Edward M. Kennedy.


“Before, my son was a stay-at-home child. Barely any social skills, not really up to date on anything that he needed to start school. And within a year, a year and a half, he, oh, my God, he mastered pretty much everything that he needed to know.” – Nelecida Munoz

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What people are saying about us:


I take my kids to Rainbow Chimes because as a working parent it is important for me to feel that my kids are in a safe place, where they can have fun, learn and I do not worry.

I take my kids to Rainbow Chimes because as a working parent it is important for me to feel that my kids are in a safe place, where they can have fun, learn and I do not worry. Both my kids have been going there since they were three months old. They started as infants, and now they’re going to be 13 and 10. As a working mom, especially in the city, both my husband and I are not close by. The fact that we’ve been using it for 13 years must say something. We never have had an issue. I felt comfortable that they would care for my infant, especially my first; it was a very hard thing to do to leave your three-month-old with a daycare center. They put them on a schedule; they kept them clean. I thought it was outstanding. They provided us with detailed reports on what our kids were doing each day so you felt that even though you weren’t there with your children you were able to know how their day went and whether they said a couple of words, or at school age did other things. We love Jay. The kids are picky eaters, and even if they didn’t like the meal, there’s was always a healthy alternative. One of the main reasons why we chose Rainbow Chimes was both my husband and I work in the city and we would leave early and get home late. Rainbow Chimes provided hours starting at six o’clock. If we were running late they worked with us. It helped with the stress of working full-time. Looking at Rainbow Chimes compared to other day care options, we found that the services Rainbow Chimes offered our kid was way above everything else. From the time they were infants, the care that they gave to them, the schedule they provided them, the lunches, the breakfast, the snacks, all we found to be exceptional, nutritional.
Robyn Drucker


Rainbow Chimes is a place that I know my son is safe, he loves it there and the food is great

Compared to the other daycares, it’s not really more expensive for the quality of food, and the structure, cleanness and the safety. One of the things that I loved there is the playground’s very safe. my son never got hurt in there. Jay the cook, he’s amazing. I was there at lunch time, I just want sit down at the place myself. The food always just smells delicious and it looks really good. My son always eats a lot, it’s really nutritious food. It just looked like he really cooks for a restaurant. Before he wasn’t in a daycare that really followed through or anything. It was more of a place that he was just there. At Rainbow Chimes I noticed that his behavior changed. And I noticed that that at Rainbow Chimes it’s more structured. He knows it’s time to play, it’s time to eat, it’s time to study, it’s time to read. He already got that down there and I know that that’s a lot to do with the curriculum that they have in school. I noticed that my son, even though he’s just two and a half, every word he sees he’s spelling it, he’s saying the alphabet, he’s singing the alphabet song. He’s eager to show every time. He sees something, he’s pointing, he’s telling us. He has confidence.Everybody’s just amazing. Everybody knows everybody. The people from maintenance, they know your name, they say good morning to you when they see you in the morning. Even though I’m not there, I really know everything that happened not only because they tell me, they write in the papers. So I know what he ate, what he didn’t eat, how much he ate, what he played, what books they’ve read. And at the end of the day, she always tells me this happened, that happened. They talk to the kids in their level, but it’s not baby talk or anything like that. It’s in a way that they understand what the message is, but it’s still being delivered to a child. My son was a little behind with his speech. They really work with him and I noticed a lot of progress. I recommend Rainbow Chimes because it’s a place where you’re going to leave your kid, your most precious gift, and you’re not going to have to worry about it. You know that he’s safe, he’s happy, he’s playing, and you’re just going to have a peace of mind that your son is being well taken care of.
Suelem Artzt

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