About Us

Image: Rainbow Preschool logo: "I am a promise"

Located in the heart of Mendocino, California, Rainbow Preschool is affiliated with the Mendocino Presbyterian Church. Our preschool “campus” offers a bright and inviting environment where children can thrive, grow, and explore. Our early childhood program offers engaging, developmentally appropriate activities and learning for children aged two to six years.

Operating Hours

Rainbow School is open Monday-Friday 9 AM – 3:30 PM. It’s organized into the following groups:

  • Prekindergarten class (4-5-year olds): Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 AM – 12:30 PM (children need to be toilet-trained)
  • Preschool class (3-4-year olds): Tuesday and Thursday 9 AM – 12:30 PM (children need to be toilet-trained)
  • Play group classes (2-3-year olds): Monday and Wednesday (older 2-3-year olds), Tuesday and Thursday 9 AM – 12 PM (younger 2-year-olds), and optional Friday class 9 AM- 12 PM (mixed age group, children may be in diapers or pull-ups in playgroup classes)

Afternoon “stay-and-play” child care—hours can be contracted in advance and/or “drop-in” by the hour and are flexible to meet parents’ schedules.

Staff

Our staff  and board of directors are dedicated to serving children and families and providing an enriched supportive environment, with fully qualified competent, caring teachers, and a program in which each child can thrive and participate according to their ability and interest. Mendocino Presbyterian Church Pastor Matt Davis often comes to visit the children and share a story or song with them.

Philosophy

Our program centers on children’s innate curiosity and need to explore, create, and learn through play and open-ended activities. Children need loving guidance and support, which enable them to experience more positively what life’s journey may be in a rapidly changing world.

Rainbow Preschool strives to incorporate aspects of Christian belief within the developmentally appropriate structure of the program. Teachers share basic ideas of love, patience, kindness, reconciliation, forgiveness, and service through modeling, conversation, and problem-solving. This may include songs of thanksgiving, praise, appropriate Bible stories, and a prayer or blessing spoken or sung at snack and lunchtime. Your child will learn about a loving God and, at Christmas, we tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Because we honor the religious beliefs of all people, we also talk about key themes and holidays of other religions and invite family members to share their traditions.

Enrollment

Rainbow School enrollment is open to all children aged two to six years regardless of color, creed, religious belief, or health disability.

Curriculum

The Rainbow School curriculum includes the best of early childhood theories, methods, and practices, sensitively interpreted by qualified early childhood teachers. We take responsibility for supporting the  children’s journey toward physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual “wholeness” to provide a strong foundation for their lives.

Location

Offering inspirational views of the Pacific Ocean, Rainbow School occupies the whole lower level of Preston Hall, next to the Mendocino Presbyterian Church. The preschool’s south-facing playground nestles next to the Mendocino Headlands and offers a warm and fun environment for children. Big River Beach is just a short walk away.

Learn more about Rainbow School history and staff. Please contact us with any questions.