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Welcome to Sunshine and Rainbows Learning Center!

The Sunshine and Rainbows Learning Center is an extension of early learners of the Joliet Park District. The preschool program has been in existence for over 40 years. Today the Learning Center has openings for students in two different facilities, with a total of 14 different classes. Both 2-day and 3-day programs are offered in the morning or afternoon at the Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center and Nowell Park Recreation Center has a 5 day morning program for 3-5 yr olds.

Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center is located at 3000 W. Jefferson St. in Joliet; Nowell Park Recreation Center is located at 199 Mills Rd. in Joliet.


The Early Childhood Classroom

The Sunshine and Rainbows Learning Center follows the Illinois Early Childhood Standards and Benchmarks. We teach children holistically and as individuals in a caring environment. In the classroom many different opportunities for learning are provided using center-based exploration, sensory tubs, developmentally appropriate literacy and math lessons, props, and manipulatives.

In addition each classroom has physical education and music instruction. Our Learning Center uses the "Handwriting Without Tears" method for teaching pre-writing and printing skills. Computer time is also available to reinforce colors, shapes, patterns, and letter recognition through the use of the mouse and keyboard.

Family Involvement & Community Events

We also include the family in many events. We have music presentations in Fall, Winter and February. All classrooms, according to the Early Learning Standards, are involved in the following activities: Family Picnic, Grandparent's Dance, Mother's Day Tea, Family Dance, and Bicycle Rodeo. These are just a few of the events held during the school year. We also take part in community outreach programs to help teach caring, sharing and giving.