Rainbow Connection


THE RAINBOW CONNECTION was started in 1980 as an outreach program for the church and community by Shelby Presbyterian Church. It is considered an “enriched play-school” because learning can be done in a variety of ways and that’s how we do it!

The Rainbow Connection offers Bible Story time each week, arts and crafts, sharing time and outdoor playtime. Field trips are planned throughout the year for the older classes, and include such fun places as the fire station, post office and other places of interest.


Yearly registration is held in the Spring, although children are accepted for enrollment throughout the year as long as there are spaces available. Classes are filled first by children already enrolled and their siblings, then children of Shelby Presbyterian Church members, and then by the community. There is a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee, and a $40.00 non-refundable registration fee for each additional sibling. The registration fee is payable at the time the application is submitted.



The Rainbow Connection meets Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Class size is carefully determined, with care taken to keep child/teacher ratios at an appropriate level. For Toddlers, there is a 4:1 child/teacher ration. This translates to a class of 8 children per day, with a teacher and assistant. For Twos, a 5:1 child/teacher ratio translates to 10 children per day, with a teacher and assistant. For the Threes, there is a 6:1 child/teacher ratio, or 12 children per day with a teacher and assistant. For the Fours and Pre-Kindergarten classes, there is a 12:1 child/teacher ratio, with one teacher per classroom and a shared assistant between these three classes.


Full and partial tuition scholarships are available to qualifying applicants. Contact the Rainbow Connection Director for further information.


Through Rainbow Connection, Shelby Presbyterian Church serves our community’s children and families by providing a Christian Preschool environment where each child’s unique mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and social development is lovingly and optimally nurtured.

Through our preschool program, the Rainbow Connection hopes to meet these goals:

To give your children an education appropriate to their stage of development.

To help the children grow in their ability to express themselves through language, art, music and other media of expression.

To provide opportunities for the children to enrich their understanding of the world in which they live.

To give each child an opportunity to develop physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually to the best of their abilities.

***Rainbow Connection is a Peanut/Tree Nut Free Environment


Rainbow Connection

Shelby Presbyterian Church

226 East Graham Street

P.O. Box 1444

Shelby, NC 28151