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Awards & Proclamations

During our 30-year history, Rainbow Chimes has continuously fulfilled its agency mission to nearly 5,000 children and their families in an exemplary manner. We have delivered the highest quality in child care services 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 here in Huntington. 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 Nonprofit 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: U.S. 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 contact us.

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. Nicholson 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 20 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 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