Children of the Rainbow, a San Diego-based child care center with two locations, recently received the Points of Light Foundation President’s Award for developing innovative programs that meet community needs and improve the lives of children and families in their neighborhoods.
“The President’s Award was created to honor community organizations that identify community needs and develop innovative solutions and resources-both people and financial-to address those needs,” said Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO, the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. “I am very pleased to present this award to Children of the Rainbow, which has more than met the President’s Award criteria.”
“We are honored to have our child care centers receive the prestigious Points of Light Foundation President’s Award,” said Gale R. Walker, founder and owner of Children of the Rainbow. “We thank them for recognizing our goal of striving to offer our children and families the best care possible by tailoring our programs to suit their needs.”
The two Children of the Rainbow centers, which currently serve about 200 children and their families, are known for their focus on creativity through the arts and encouraging healthy lifestyles though nutrition. Founder and owner Gale R. Walker, a former welfare recipient, has won two national awards from the Small Business Association -“welfare-to-work entrepreneur of the year” in 1999 and “small business owner 2000.” In addition, the Children of the Rainbow owner established the Bronze Triangle Community Development Corporation, a resident-led organization that strives to draw employers and new services to the three urban San Diego neighborhoods it serves.
Earlier this year, Children of the Rainbow was one of eight organizations nationwide to receive an unrestricted $500,000 award from The Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of Families Count: The National Honors Program. Now in its third year, Families Count recognizes and celebrates organizations that improve the odds for vulnerable children by helping to give them what they need most strong, capable families.