Rainbow Chimes Child Care

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Early Education & Care In Huntington New York

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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

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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

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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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