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Rainbow Room

Anne Marie
Annemarie Miller   
The Rainbow Program is a research based early intervention program aimed at the following objectives:
  • Helping students get a good start in school
  • Developing and enhancing social skills
  • Fostering healthy self-concept
  • Improving school adjustment
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Assisting with life transitions
The Rainbow Program is available at all of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Elementary School Sites.  Para-professionals are trained and staffed to work with students in the program.  Each week the para-professionals meet with a School Psychologist for consultation on the students in the program. 
The Rainbow Program offers the following individualized and social skills programs:
     PIP Program (Primary Intervention Program)
  • 1 to 1 attention from a trained paraprofessional in non-directive play sessions for grades TK-5
  • 30 minutes a week in activity room for 12 weeks
  • play with choices of a variety of activities such as games, art, and crafts
  • Ideal for students who may be going through transitions (divorce, illness, death, family relocations, and other stressful changes)
Second Step 
  • Small groups of 2 to 4 students, grades TK-5 who meet weekly for 12 weeks
  • 45 minutes per week in activity room - structured Second Step social skills lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  • Units on Empathy, Problem Solving, Emotion Management, and Skills for Learning (focusing attention, listening, and staying on task)
Steps to Respect
  • Small groups of 2 to 5 students, grade 3-5 who meet weekly for 15 weeks
  • 45 minutes per week in activity room –social skills lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  • Literature based social skills curriculum for 3rd – 5th graders
  • Small groups of 2 to 4 students, grades TK-3 who meet weekly for 12 weeks
  • 45 minutes per week in activity room - friendship lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  • PALS focuses on building and maintaining friendships
District Coordinator for the program is Renee Nickerson (
Creekside has been excited to offer the Rainbow Program to K-5 students since 2010.  The Rainbow Room is a place where children can gain self-esteem, self-confidence, social skills, and develop a more positive attitude toward school.  The Rainbow Program provides children with time during their school day to confidentially share feelings and experiences.  The Rainbow Room specialist provides support and encouragement for the child individually or in small groups using the Second Step and Steps to Respect Programs.  These small group programs teach children skills for learning, empathy, impulse control, emotion management, social problem solving, and leadership skills.
Rainbow Steps to Respect Flyer
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