Rainbow’s End goes beyond child care with hands-on learning and focus on child development

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April 12, 2018Rainbow’s End goes beyond child care with hands-on learning and focus on child development
by Pete Rosenbery
CARBONDALE, Ill. — With a variety of activities available for children, there is always something happening at Rainbow’s End Child Development Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 
The center provides licensed child care for children from the age of six weeks through second grade. Located at 650 S. State St., behind SIU’s Student Health Center, the center operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
Openings are available now and for summer program 
There are now openings at the center for children ages 1 to 5 years old, and afterschool care for school-age children. Also, preparations are underway for “Professions – What Kids Want to be When they Grow Up” — the school-age summer program for children in kindergarten through second grade.
Each week, children in the summer program will go on a series of field trips and scheduled events, Lyndsey McCann, the center’s assistant director, said. Each week, children will participate in:
a water day
field trip day
community service day
touch of nature day
learn about a different profession
“We try to make each event unique and fun for the kids while hands-on learning is being implemented,” McCann said.
Individual attention and fun educational programs  
Children participate in a variety of educational activities at the center under the direction of skilled and experienced teaching staff, assisted by early childhood education students from the university. 
Among the program offerings is “Stretch-n-Grow,” a fitness, nutrition and wellness program for kids ages 2 years old and up. The weekly sessions last 30 minutes for each class. Children participate in classes that include exercise, activities and discussions on health and related issues such as nutrition, hygiene and safety. 
The center partners with the university’s Behavior Analysis Therapy program run by Erica Jowett Hirst, an assistant …

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