Rainbow Chimes Child Care

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

Parent Testimonials


Rev. Dr. Kathleen Roche, RN
Founder and Executive Director
Rainbow Chimes International School for Early Education

katie_150pxIn 1980, registered nurse Kathleen Roche, soon to give birth to her first child, began researching local child care facilities. To her surprise, she was unable to locate a single program licensed to care for infants in her entire township of over 100,000 residents. Thus with $1,500 in borrowed funds, Katie and her husband Jim Tilden founded Rainbow Chimes, a not-for-profit early education and care center that has since welcomed more than 7,000 children

Today, Katie is Executive Director of Rainbow Chimes and manages a dedicated staff of more than 50 employees, engaging children with an active learning approach that encourages them to make thoughtful decisions on their own in order to help prepare them for success throughout their school and young adult lives.

Katie Roche possesses over 35 years of experience in early education services. She is also an ordained Multifaith Minister and a registered nurse. She has a BA Degree in Psychology – Human Service Professions, an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree, and post-graduate certification in Elder Care Studies and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. In 2011, she attained her Doctor of Management Degree at Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management. Katie is also a part-time adjunct professor at Hofstra University teaching Business Ethics and Organizational Management.

In addition to her career at Rainbow Chimes, Katie has served on the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Care Advisory Committee, as a Board Member for the Child Care Council of Suffolk, and as President of the Child Care Administrators’ Association. She is a member of the Leadership Huntington Council and has been a grant writer and consultant for the design and establishment of dependent care facilities.

Among Katie’s notable achievements are induction into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society of Commerce and recognition in Cambridge Who’s Who and The International Women’s Leadership Association. She received recognition as a New York State Woman of Distinction in the 5th Senate District was honored with Suffolk County’s Woman in History Award. Katie was also awarded the Sage Publication’s best conference paper by a public /nonprofit student at the Academy of Management.


“I had also sent my other son, who’s now 17 years old and who had a wonderful experience at Rainbow Chimes, so I know that it’s a family continuity and it’s well-rounded, it really is.” – Patricia Foley


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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.
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