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Since 1990, Over the Rainbow has been caring for and educating children, infants to 12 years old, in Greater New Haven, Hamden, and Cheshire.

Our Goal
Encourage children to become life-long learners.

We Believe
A healthy and safe child learns best.

We Provide
A creative, stimulating, nurturing, and clean setting for your child Our dedicated

Teachers
CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration certified

We maintain a system of 12 closed-circuit cameras to keep track of classrooms, the playground, and driveways. A state-of-the-art biometric security system enables us to control access to the facility. All parents and staff are required to enter a code to gain entry.

Our Core Values

Words and actions that we live and breathe:

FAMILY

We should treat everyone like family! We won’t always agree but we all get along.

EXCELLENCE

We strive for excellence in all that we do, throughout the day, at OTR. Giving every child and parent the best daycare service every day!

FUN

We play and teach children for a living. Constant laughing and playing while providing children with the tools they will need for their futures!

KINDNESS

Treat everyone with respect and always use kind words

Our Mission Statement

Over the Rainbow Learning Center exists to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and educational experience that promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children’s desire to be life-long learners.
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Meet the Team

About us | over the rainbow kids

Jaime Moran

Jaime has always known that she wanted to work with children. While working towards her high school and college diplomas, she worked at a daycare with special needs adults and worked with children with autism as a paraprofessional. She taught Kindergarten for six years and third grade for one year. She left that profession to raise her three children and pursue her dream of having her own school. Building Over the Rainbow into an accomplished learning institution is equal to the joy of raising her children.

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Emalee Schilling

Emalee has been working with children of all ages for 15 years. She started out babysitting for family and friends until she stumbled upon a daycare center position and found her true passion. She was originally hired in 2016 as a Toddler teacher and moved into the Preschool room for about a year. Emalee was the Assistant Director for more than 2 years, and is now the Executive Director and loves what she does!

About us | over the rainbow kids

Jaime Moran

Jaime has always known that she wanted to work with children. While working towards her high school and college diplomas, she worked at a daycare with special needs adults and worked with children with autism as a paraprofessional. She taught Kindergarten for six years and third grade for one year. She left that profession to raise her three children and pursue her dream of having her own school. Building Over the Rainbow into an accomplished learning institution is equal to the joy of raising her children.

Emalee Schilling

Emalee has been working with children of all ages for 15 years. She started out babysitting for family and friends until she stumbled upon a daycare center position and found her true passion. She was originally hired in 2016 as a Toddler teacher and moved into the Preschool room for about a year. Emalee was the Assistant Director for more than 2 years, and is now the Executive Director and loves what she does!

Carol Yale

Carol joined the OTR family in July of 2021 as our Program Coordinator and in September 2022 she was promoted to Regional Director. Prior to that, she worked at Stop & Shop Supermarkets for 25 years as a Cash Office Manager, Receiver/Billing clerk, and Payroll clerk. She retired in 2021 so her children could continue playing travel softball and baseball. Carol has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University. She is happily married and has two children. She loves scrapbooking, making greeting cards, cooking, playing board games, traveling, and spending time with her family. Carol loves working with the children and staff at all of our locations.

Linda Washington

Linda is a mother of 6 and spending time with them is very important to her. Linda is an Ordained Minister as well as the Youth Minister for her church. With a passion for children, she believes they are a blessing to all of us. In her spare time she loves baking, being at the beach, and having quiet time when she can.

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Tammy Vertucci

Tammy is the mother of 3 wonderful adult children. She was a Pre-K teacher for 16 years, the last 4 of which were at Over the Rainbow. Tammy was promoted to Assistant Director in 2022. Tammy loves working with the families and children at the Cheshire center. She has a great rapport with the staff and families.
About us | over the rainbow kids

Linda Washington

Linda is a mother of 6 and spending time with them is very important to her. Linda is an Ordained Minister as well as the Youth Minister for her church. With a passion for children, she believes they are a blessing to all of us. In her spare time she loves baking, being at the beach, and having quiet time when she can.

Tammy Vertucci

Tammy is the mother of 3 wonderful adult children. She was a Pre-K teacher for 16 years, the last 4 of which were at Over the Rainbow. Tammy was promoted to Assistant Director in 2022. Tammy loves working with the families and children at the Cheshire center. She has a great rapport with the staff and families.

Janee Chapman

My name is Janee Chapman and I am pleased to be joining the OTR team. I’ve worked with children for over 20+ years, ranging from infancy to school age. Within those years, I’ve gained a Head Teacher Certification and an Associates Degree. I will be returning to school for my Bachelor’s degree in May. I am a mother of 2 children of my own. I enjoy spending time and building with my kids. We love taking road trips and making memories. As a member of the OTR family, I am eager to build a strong relationship and support your needs in the best way possible.