How We Serve You: Targeted Case Management

Leer en español For a parent of a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), we at Rainbows are always here, ready and willing to help you in every way we can! When you first apply for IDD services through your County Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO), you will have the opportunity to choose Rainbows […]

Why I choose Rainbows: My story by Alexis Young

I started working at Rainbows in April of 2018 while pursuing an Early Childhood Unified degree at Wichita State University. I started as a para educator in the one-year-old classroom and INSTANTLY knew this was the place for me. Learning from both my WSU professors and Rainbows’ little ones, I gained experience for my current […]

Family connects with Rainbows after months in NICU

Leer en español Born at 24 weeks and 5 days, Annabel and Clements’s son Matteo weighed just one pound. He spent 4 months in the hospital getting stronger and growing every day. While the family waited, over this trying time doctors frequently shared the many delays they might expect be a result of him being […]

Early childhood mental health services improve communication for the whole family

“It was easy to choose Rainbows for childcare since we were familiar with the organization,” said Shannon Pope, mother of two preschoolers. Shannon herself had volunteered at Rainbows, her aunt has worked in the office for many years plus her kids get to see their cousins who also attend every day. “We wanted them to […]

Smart child wants to be a doctor or a friend

Khoi and his twin sister Khamoi graduated from Rainbows’ Pre-Kindergarten program in May. “Khoi is an amazing child that will make a difference one day with his smile and laugh alone,” said Rickeyia, the twins’ mother. “He loves interacting with people and forming a genuine connection and has an infectious spirit. Khoi always tells me […]

Your questions answered

Concerns about your young child’s development can be daunting. Free developmental screenings are available twice a month through Screen for Success for children birth to age 5. Watch this video and learn more: What is a screening? Who should sign up for a screening? What is Screen for Success? When and where are screenings held? […]

All Staff 2023: Lights, Camera, Action!

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What do you get when you combine milestone awards, inspirational speakers, and prize giveaways? The Rainbows Annual All Staff event of course. The annual gathering and celebration of Rainbows’ staff and board members took place this year on Monday, August 7 at Botanica Lotus Hall. Board members Pat Gearhart, Vera Bothner and Gail Johnson were […]

Impacts of Trauma and Toxic Stress on Young Children

As a Mental Health Specialist who works with children ages birth to five years, I often hear parents who are struggling with BIG FEELINGS from their little ones. Big feelings are common and developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers. However, when big feelings are caused by trauma and ongoing toxic stress, it is important for […]

Rainbows: We Are Family

Remember your summer job? Is there a lesson you learned or an experience that helped shape your future? Summer experiences are often full of learning about the world, other people and yourself. Often these experiences are influenced through a personal connection. Kaitlynn Rothwell’s twin brother, Christian has received services through Rainbows all of their 21 […]

At Camp, Gavin Thrives in His Own Skin

Gavin was born a Micro-premie at 24 weeks and 4 days, weighing only 1 pound 6 ounces. He spent his first 4 ½ months in the NICU, on a ventilator for 2 ½ of those months. He was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Baraitser-Winter syndrome ACTG 1, which affects his heart, kidneys, eyes, ears, […]