Our Day Care’s Founder
Rev. Dr. Kathleen Roche, RN
Founder and Executive Director
Rainbow Chimes International School for Early Education
In 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 childhood education and care center that has since welcomed more than 7,000 children.
Today, Katie is Executive Director of Rainbow Chimes here in the greater Huntington, New York, area 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, which helps 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 was recognized as a New York State Woman of Distinction in the 5th Senate District and 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