Understanding the Difference Between Fantasy and Reality

October marks the beginning of Fall. It is a wonderful time of learning and fun in early childhood. We have the opportunity to experience new temperatures, falling leaves, trips to the pumpkin patch, hot cider and of course, Halloween. Children and adults alike enjoy Halloween. The yearly ritual of looking for costumes, dressing up, trips […]

Helping Your Child Manage Angry Feelings

Being a parent is often a rewarding experience, however it also comes with challenges. One of the struggles parents of toddlers often experience is dealing with their child’s big emotions, especially anger. When a young child becomes angry, they often engage in negative behaviors such as hitting, screaming, or throwing things. Although we want to […]

Mental Health Specialist Kara Koepplin

A Day in the Life of Kara Koepplin, LMSW, a TOP Mental Health Specialist My name is Kara Koepplin and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). I started working at Rainbows in January of 2019. My role at Rainbows is a Mental Health Specialist working at a community childcare center, TOP Early Learning […]

Building Brain Power: Infants & Toddlers need connection

As a Mental Health Specialist at Rainbows United, I have the privilege of working with children ages birth to 3 and their families. I often stress the importance of building attachment or connection with children in order to decrease unwanted behaviors. While this is true, in this article I want to elaborate on the importance […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During this month we bring awareness that 1 out of 5 Americans will need mental health services in their lifetime. In the 2015 fiscal year, Rainbows’ Mental Health Department served 483 children ages 0-5. Rainbows’ Mental Health professionals assist in smoothing rough edges and mending torn bonds by enhancing the social, emotional, […]

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

As we observe Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 3 – 9), I take the time to ponder how fortunate we are that Rainbows’ leadership encourages, and fosters children’s positive mental health by supporting the development and growth of our Mental Health department. Currently, our team holds 7 Mental Health Specialists, 3 Mental Health Assistants, […]