Kathleen Roche, Executive Director of Rainbow Chimes,
Selected as 2008 New York State “Woman of Distinction”

Huntington, New York, June 17, 2008 – Each year, as part of its “Woman of Distinction” program, the New York State Senate 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.” This year’s honorees, announced by Senator Carl L. Marcellino of the 5th Senate District, include Kathleen Roche, Founder and Executive Director of Rainbow Chimes Early Childhood Education and Care Center in Huntington, New York. Ms. Roche is also a registered nurse and an ordained Interfaith minister.

“I am proud to honor these distinguished Women of Distinction, and prouder still of the recognition they’ve earned from neighbors, colleagues and friends for their achievements on behalf of our community,” said Senator Marcellino.

“Being recognized by the New York State Senate is a special honor, underscoring not only my career achievements but also the hard work, dedication and knowledge of many highly talented people who have worked with me over the years to make a difference in children’s lives,” said Kathleen Roche. Ms. Roche founded Rainbow Chimes, Inc. in 1980 as a not-for-profit organization at a time when early childhood care was much needed in her community. “I was working as a nurse at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and after my first baby was born I wanted to return to work…however, I soon realized there was no licensed infant care available anywhere in the township of Huntington,” she explained.

Rainbow Chimes provides an environment where working parents can relax in knowing that their children are well cared for. In addition, Rainbow Chimes provides a developmentally enriched and nurturing program for children who are at an age when such a program can be vital to their educational and personal growth. The innovative curriculum at Rainbow Chimes is focused on engaging young children with an active learning approach to early childhood education that encourages them to make thoughtful decisions on their own. Among the skills emphasized is the use of creative representation, language and logic in decision making, negotiation and problem solving. The goal is to support children 4 years old and younger in gaining competencies that can help them succeed throughout their school and young adult lives.

Over the past three decades, Rainbow Chimes has received several prestigious recognitions including being named as a 2008 Best Nursery School of Long Island (#1 in Suffolk County) by Long Island Press. Rainbow Chimes is also a past recipient of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Care Center of the Year Award. Recently, Rainbow Chimes was chosen by the Huntington School District as one of the district’s Universal Pre-K locations. “We have 15 slots to fill for Universal Pre-K and we’re inviting people who have children that will turn 4 years old by December 1, 2008 to apply now for this program,” said Ms. Roche.

Kathleen Roche has 4 children as well as 2 grandchildren and she lives in Huntington with her husband of 30 years. She was inducted this year into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society of Commerce and is a past recipient of Suffolk County’s Woman in History Award. Ms. Roche is also a member of the Huntington Foundation’s Leadership Council and she has been a grant writer and consultant for the design and establishment of dependent care facilities. Furthermore, she has served as a Board Member on the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Care Advisory Committee and as a Board Member on the Child Care Council of Suffolk County.


ROCK ON WITH THE “FAB FOUR” AS RAINBOW CHIMES HOSTS
THE FOURTH ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR BALL.

Huntington, New York, March 3, 2009. Rainbow Chimes, the non-profit Early Childhood Education and Care Center (RCI) will host its fourth annual Teddy Bear Ball on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Proceeds for this popular event will fund scholarships, as well as help to augment some difficult budget cuts.

The evening will feature the renowned and award-winning Beatles tribute band, Strawberry Fields, who are certain to delight rock-and-rollers of all generations with a host of memorable selections. The evening’s festivities will also include Cubsino, Stuff-a-Bear, dozens of highly-prized pawsome auction baskets, plus a vintage N. American Bear V.I.B. Collector’s Showcase. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer will be served.

“As for many fellow non-profit organizations, 2009 promises to be a very challenging year for Rainbow Chimes,” said Executive Director Katie Roche. “Nevertheless, we are determined to continue to serve our communities with an outstanding staff, facility, and curriculum. The money raised at this year’s Teddy Bear Ball will help us to continue to provide the quality of service and expertise that Huntington parents have not only come to expect—but deserve.”

Since 1980, Rainbow Chimes has provided enriching, safe and nurturing programs for infants and children ages 6 weeks to 10 years old. Its highly innovative and unique back-up/emergency/vacation care program enables both parents and their employers to better manage the many challenges of parenting while juggling careers and businesses.


THE FOURTH ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR BALL
IS A WELL-DESERVED, ROCKIN’ SUCCESS.

Huntington, New York, May 7, 2009. Rainbow Chimes, the non-profit Early Childhood Education and Care Center (RCI), hosted its fourth annual Teddy Bear Ball on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Proceeds for this popular event help to fund local scholarships, as well as augment some difficult budget cuts.

A number of prominent legislators attended, including New York State Senator and Mrs. Carl Marcellino, Huntington Councilwoman Glenda Jackson, and Suffolk County Legislator Vivian Viloria Fisher. They were joined by over 200 enthusiastic attendees, including community friends, supporters, parents and children who enjoyed rousing renditions of Beatles’ classics performed by the award-winning tribute band, Strawberry Fields. The evening’s festivities also included Cubsino, Stuff-a-Bear, dozens of highly prized Pawsome Auction baskets (which were donated to local hospitals), plus a vintage North American Bear V.I.B. Collector’s Showcase.

Rainbow Chimes Executive Director Katie Roche was clearly pleased with the turnout. “Because of the tough economy, we actually considered cancelling this year’s Teddy Bear Ball. But our staff would hear none of it, and insisted on moving forward. They all donated their time and so much effort—even catering the food. Their dedication and participation was inspiring, and very much appreciated by all attendees. Everyone—from children to legislators—thoroughly enjoyed the evening.”

Key sponsors of the event included a host of Rainbow Chimes’ dedicated supporters, including NY Fire Detection (represented by President Ron Savastano), Signature Bank, and Kruse Electric (represented by owner Artie Kruse who attended with his wife, son Stephen, and son-in-law Billy Farrell).

Since 1980, Rainbow Chimes has provided enriching, safe and nurturing programs for infants and children ages 6 weeks to 10 years old. Its highly innovative and unique back-up/emergency/vacation care program enables both parents and their employers to better manage the many challenges of parenting while juggling careers and businesses.

 

“I have my second child, a daughter, in Rainbow Chimes who is 3-1/2 years old. She started going there when she was about 5 months old. They’re going over letters and numbers and things, and she’s really good at recognizing both upper and lowercase, being 3 years old.” – Grace Ingram