Child Care

The VTCRC is pleased to offer priority enrollment for childcare services through partnership with Rainbow Riders Childcare Center to tenants and employees of the VTCRC. Childcare is an essential element to the workforce at the park and enables families to work and to be more productive. The Rainbow Riders Childcare Center at the VTCRC is located at 1800 Ramble Road. This 3-floor almost 20,000 square feet facility, serves 240 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. It is open Monday – Friday 7:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

For complete details on their child care services or to submit information for the waiting list, please visit Rainbow Riders' website.


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Rainbow Riders Childcare Center

Rainbow Riders CRC and SMLC Sites Earn National NAEYC Accreditation

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

Blacksburg, VA – RainbowRiders CRC and SMLC sites located in Blacksburg have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC at all three sites, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Kristi Snyder, Administrator. Rainbow Riders has been serving the New River Valley for more than 33 years.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Rainbow Riders went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. 

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Rainbow Riders an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.

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