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Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Program Celebrates 30 Years of Success!


This year the Rainbow Program has been added to Bella Vista, our newest elementary school, making it a districtwide program now at all 22 elementary schools.  The Rainbow Program has proven to be an extremely effective way for students in grades TK to 5 to build friendship skills, leadership and self-confidence.

The Rainbow Program began in 1986 at Bollinger Canyon Elementary School as part of the statewide Primary Intervention Program (PIP).  PIP is a one-on-one non-directive play program led by a warm, nurturing, specially trained paraprofessional, in an activity room filled with toys, games and crafts.  Children may benefit from PIP for many different reasons, such as new school adjustment, excessive shyness, academic pressure, peer pressure or family stress.

As the Rainbow Program gradually expanded to all SRVUSD schools over the years, social skills groups were added.  In addition to PIP, children can participate in small friendship groups which use scripted literature based lessons and photolesson cards to provide direct teaching about conversational skills, making and keeping friends, social problem solving, emotion management, and skills for learning.

Referrals to the Rainbow Program at each school can be a teacher recommendation or a parent request, made directly to their school's Rainbow paraprofessional or their Rainbow school psychologist.  

Each school offers two twelve week sessions, in the fall and spring.  Approximately 40- 50 students are seen at each school every year.  In 2015-16, over 900 students benefitted from the Rainbow Program in SRVUSD.  Our local research has found that over 80% of participants made significant gains in their social skills and overall classroom adjustment.

Questions?  Contact Debbie Roof, SRVUSD School Psychologist and Rainbow Project Coordinator, at droof@srvusd.net.

The Rainbow Room is a place where children can learn to self-esteem, self-confidence, stronger social skills, and a positive school attitude. The Rainbow Project provides children with time during their normal school activities to share feelings and experiences. During the half-hour, once-a-week meeting, he or she is free to play with anything in the playroom. The Rainbow Room specialist provides support and encouragement for the child, and teaches them the Second Step Program, which teaches empathy training, impulse control, and emotion management. For more information about the Rainbow Room, please click on the brochure below to download a 3-page pdf:

Rainbow Room Information