WELCOME!

We are a faith-based, Catholic preschool open to children of all faiths. Our Philosophy of teaching young children incorporates hands-on, age appropriate learning activities with play as a focus. When planning we ask ourselves, "what can we do today to tap into the children's wonder, imagination, and creativity?".

Offerings include small child to teacher ratios, music, Spanish, and an extra dose of learning activities in our STEAM Lab! We  document the children’s learning experiences with a communication program called ChildPilot that allows us to send you pictures! 

Call us for a tour today to join our family where children and parents make friends for a lifetime!

 

Enrollment continues for the 2022-2023 school year

 

Limited spots available for 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds

 

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Call the school office at (214) 644-2080 or email Maret Aebi at maebi@sunshineandrainbowselc.org to schedule a tour. 

Tours are by appointment only and must be done after school hours.

Face coverings are required in the building. 

 

Important Parent News!!!


North Texas Giving Day

Thank you for supporting our school. All donations were greatly appreciated.


Enrichment Highlights

Check out our virtual tour as well as a 5's Enrichment Highlight below!

 

 

Sunshine & Rainbows Events

Contact Us

 Liz Moore, Co-Director
lmoore@sunshineandrainbowselc.org
214-644-2080

Marét Aebi, Co-Director
maebi@sunshineandrainbowselc.org
214-644-2080

 
 

Our History!

 

In the early spring of 1985 a group of six parishioners from St. Jude Catholic Church gathered to discuss plans to open a catholic preschool at the parish. The Pastor at that time had agreed that a preschool at St. Jude would be a positive endeavor for the families of the new parish. Many hours, days, and weeks were spent developing a business plan to present to the Parish Council. Once the mission of the program was established and approval was given by the Parish Council, the preschool group developed plans to open the program in August of 1985. The program would be sponsored by the Parish as an outreach to families in the parish and the surrounding community. Focus for the program’s curriculum used the standards of an organization called the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Many of the founding members of the Parent Advisory Committee were educators and some even had degrees with a focus on early childhood education. Their desire was to establish a program that would offer children, ranging in age from 2 until 5, an opportunity to learn and experience the world in an environment that provided age appropriate activities that would enhance their creativity. Rainbow Days Preschool at St. Jude Catholic Church was founded with that vision.

Since 1985 the program has grown from a staff of nine working with 60 children who met on Monday and Wednesday each week during the school year to accommodate up to 136 children and we meet Monday through Thursday every week during the school year. Since its existence the preschool program has impacted the lives of nearly 2000 families. In 1994, when the program added the Tuesday/Thursday track, the program became licensed with the State of Texas, as a childcare center. In the state of Texas if a program meets for more than three hours a day and more than two days a week, the program is required to license under the Childcare licensing division. In 1995 the Parent Advisory Committee, working with a kindergarten teacher and a principal in the school district developed a program for a transitional kindergarten. It was decided to call the class “the Five’s Enrichment Class” to offer children and their parents a “gift” of a year to help children who might need an additional year of early learning. The class evolved into an enrichment class that also benefits children who need the opportunity to excel at a faster pace. Children in this class often move directly to a first grade classroom.

The goal of the staff continues to be one of offering age appropriate activities for the children that develop their natural sense of curiosity. Throughout the years the staff has used various resources and materials to develop a curriculum that is unique.

In April of 2013 Bishop Kevin Farrell asked that all the preschools on parish campuses that were not connected with a parochial school to become their own entities. Since that day the staff and the parent advisory committee has worked diligently to set up the preschool program as a separate entity. The name had to be changed from Rainbow Days because of an existing company in the Dallas area with a similar name. The staff voted on many names that would define our educational program. The name “Sunshine and Rainbows Early Learning Center” was chosen. The program operates the same as it did when it first began offering education opportunities that are age appropriate for children ages 2, 3, 4, and 5 years of age. The spirit and integrity of the program continues with the new name. The creative staff offers many opportunities for children to be inquisitive and use thinking skills while developing their emotional, physical, spiritual, and cognitive skills. Learning takes place in a nurturing environment that is safe and fun.

Our staff consist of teachers for each age group and some classes may have a second teacher. We have a full-time music teacher who works with all the age groups teaching them songs, movements, and a love of music. The administrative staff includes two co-directors. Other support staff includes Spanish and STEAM teachers.

Sunshine and Rainbows ELC is governed by 5 Board members and the co-directors. The Board is in charge of the budget for the program, and developing and updating the By-laws and policies for the program. We also have a Parent Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of parents who have children enrolled in the program. They help with fundraising events for the program.

 

 

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”

William Butler Yeats

Enrollment Continues

for the 2022-2023

School Year!

 

 

 

Our Learning Strategies

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INTELLECTUALLY

Your child will gain confidence in a school environment by learning listening skills and following directions while gaining experience in vocabulary, writing, letter recognition, number concepts, science, music and art.

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SPIRITUALLY

Your child will grow in his/her relationship with God by praying, and by applying God’s truths to his/her life. Each child will learn to be truthful, accept others as God made them and treat others as he/she wants to be treated. We are a faith-based Catholic program.

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PHYSICALLY

Your child will build on his/her large motor skills with play both indoors and outdoors. Appropriate games and equipment are provided to enhance and develop these skills.

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EMOTIONALLY

Your child will experience love and acceptance for who he/she is, as well as, encouragement in successes and mistakes. Children will learn to like themselves as God created them so they can learn to love and accept others.


Looking for Private Kindergarten?

It is a wonderful alternative to public school kindergarten encouraging creativity, observation, and critical thinking skills using a “hands-on” approach to learning. The class meets the TEKS objectives for the State of Texas. 

Fundraise With Us!

  • While You Shop
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  • While You Eat Dinner
  • While You Bake
Quick & Simple; Just register your Grocery Card!
We are a supported nonprofit with both Tom Thumb and Kroger! Stop by the customer service desk at each store to have our organization number linked to your reward card. After your card is linked to our number, you will support Sunshine and Rainbows ELC every time you shop! Kroger- 76393 Tom Thumb- 13411
Enjoy Spirit Nights throughout the year. 
Bake Sale
We sell what our Volunteers bake and utilize all the proceeds for the school!


WHAT OUR PARENTS ARE SAYING

"Watching my clingy two-year old blossom into an independent three year old has been such a joy! Of course part of this is her growing up, but I believe the Sunshine & Rainbows ELC two's program really helped to foster independence, and both language and social development in my daughter. The whole year has been a wonderful experience, and we'll definitely be returning next year!"

Grace Myhre

"I am very grateful that we decided to enroll our children in the Sunshine and Rainbows preschool. The learning environment has been nothing but stellar, and the children receive excellent, nurturing care from all the staff and teachers. The curriculum is amazing, as it provides unique learning opportunities to the students. Strengthening student faith, art and other centers, writing practice, basic math, music, and Spanish instruction are all examples of this enrichment that I know are facilitating my children's success. I am very happy that we decided to enroll our children in Sunshine and Rainbows!"

Kay Fernandes

"I can't say enough wonderful things about the program, staff, teachers, directors, and the learning environment. My children have always felt safe, and I have felt at ease leaving them at a school with so many capable and loving hands. All of my children have left the program well prepared academically for public school. They instill a love and curiosity for learning through play, music, and STEM activities. My children (over the past 13 years) have benefited from the social and life skills they have learned that has provided a strong foundation for their future experiences. Most importantly, they all have fun and actually want to go to school!"

Domenica Prince

Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy

Sunshine and Rainbows Early Learning Center admits children of any religion, race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to participants in the program. Sunshine and Rainbows Early Learning Center does not discriminate in regard to religion, race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational, admissions, and scholarship programs.



CONTACT US 

 214-644-2080
 1515 N. Greenville Ave Allen, TX 75002

 


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