Rainforest Kids Child Development Center (RFK) was built by the General Services Administration (GSA) in 2002, mainly to serve the needs of federal employees. Located within the Federal Office Building premises in Hato Rey, RFK's fully air conditioned 15,000 square feet facility provides internal playgrounds surrounded by ten classrooms. More than just a Child Development Center, RFK is a valuable experience treasured by children and parents alike.
Combined this with 24 hour security, restricted access, bilingual care, healthy nutrition, and a caring highly skilled staff and you'll know why RFK means:
"Peace of Mind for Developing Minds"
Here is what some of our parents have to say about us:
" I have my 2 1/2 year old daughter and 6 month old son here and I could not be happier. ...The facilities were specially designed to be a day care center and it shows. Security is great! I can't recommend this place enough."
RFK provides a comprehensive developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment tools to monitor and promote the child's development to the maximum potential. Our trained and licensed professionals work actively on developing your child's intellect, creativity, social-emotional skills, constructive play, and problem solving skills.
To support our philosophy, Rainforest Kids uses the comprehensive developmentally appropriate Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos and the Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers, the Second Step- A Violent Prevention Curriculum, and The Leader in Me Program.
The Creative Curriculum includes objectives for children’s development and learning. It also provides the teachers the knowledge, and identify the skills that children are expected to develop in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. The content is based on standards in each subject area, and correlates well with elementary school curriculum and state early learning standards. It guides the interactions the teachers have with children and their families, and lead teachers through the processes of planning and offering excellent care and education.
The Second Step Curriculum promotes violence prevention strategies with children. The weekly lessons help children develop learning and listening skills, through rules that set the stage for future academic success and later lessons on identifying feelings, managing strong emotions, solving problems and getting along with others.The Leader in Me Program is a Leadership program that assists the children to build self confidence, reduce discipline problems and increase academic achievements. This program supports us in helping families to provide the children with the tools needed.
We firmly believe in creating an environment in which children are safe, feel emotionally secure, and have a sense of belonging. We believe that the children learn best through “hands on” experiences, exploring, and participating in appropriate activities according to the child’s age and level of development. Every experience that teachers provide have a purpose and helps children build brain connections. We consider that each child’s development is individualized, therefore, we use a curriculum based on the children interests and particular needs that provides them with opportunities to practice new skills.
RFK believes in working with families as partners in the care of their children. Developing meaningful partnerships with the families is an essential part of the experiences RFK provide for the children. These partnerships support children’s development and learning by forming close, trusting relationships with the important adults in their lives.
“Be the lighthouse that creates a culture of leadership in early childhood to inspire and transform our society”.
Goals and Objectives:
Our goal is to provide a high quality service by ensuring: children optimum development, partnerships with families, and fostering team work.
That each child performs at their maximum potential:
§ Developing social emotional skills by providing responsive caregiving that meets children’s individual needs
§ Maintaining an enriching safe and healthy environment
§ Using play as a means to learning with developmentally appropriate learning experiences and challenges
§ Set limits and guide learning in ways that reflect realistic expectations for children’s behavior (10.B.08.d)
§ Assessing Children’s development and learning by observing, analyzing, evaluating and planning based on child’s interest and needs
§ Develop leadership skills
Build Partnerships with Families
§ Maintain open communication with parents
§ Integrating the family into the system
§ Sharing information related to child development/ assessment
§ Supporting the families
Encourage dedication and team work in personnel:
§ Participating in the decision making
§ Training and evaluating all personnel
§ Making a commitment to the integrity of the team by building trust, collaboration an inclusion
§ Develop leadership skills