Welcome to the 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 11 different classrooms that attend either a 2-day or 3-day program in the morning or afternoon in the Multi-Purpose Building.
Preschool Orientation for Parents & Children
Families are invited to attend an open house information session on Sunday, April 29 at 2pm in the Multi-Purpose Center. The director and classroom teachers will be available to answer your questions. Take a tour of our facility, and receive information about our Early Learning Center policies and other program procedures.
Can't attend orientation, but still interested in visiting the classroom? Call 815-741-7275 x 173 to set up a visit at our Early Learning Center.
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.