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Rainbow Program

Page last updated: June, 2018


The Rainbow Program is a research-based early intervention program aimed at addressing the following objectives:


  • Helping students get a good start in school
  • Developing and enhancing social skills
  • Fostering a 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. Thousands of children in the SRVUSD have benefited from the Rainbow Program. 


The Rainbow Program launched at Greenbrook Elementary School in 1989. The Rainbow Room, located in the administrative building, provides a variety of programs and is colorful and full of engaging toys, games and learning tools. The Rainbow program is not a direct counseling program and the para-professional does not ask direct counseling questions to the students. Students typically spend 8-12 weeks in the program and graduate at the end of their term. Students love being a part of the Rainbow Room!


If you have any questions about the Rainbow Project, contact our Rainbow School Based Mental Health Professional, Christina Giannini



The Rainbow Program offers the following individualized and social skills programs:


PIP Program (Primary Intervention Program)

  1. 1 to 1 attention from a trained paraprofessional in non-directive play sessions for grades TK-5
  2. 30 minutes a week in activity room for 12 weeks
  3. Non-directive play with choices of a variety of activities such as games, art, and crafts
  4. Ideal for students who may be going through transitions (divorce, illness, death, family relocations, and other stressful changes)

Second Step

  1. Small groups of 2 to 4 students, grades TK-5 who meet weekly for 12 weeks
  2. 45 minutes per week in activity room; structured Second Step social skills lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  3. Units on Empathy, Problem Solving, Emotion Management, and Skills for Learning (focusing attention, listening, and staying on task) Steps to Respect
  4. Small groups of 2 to 5 students, grade 3-5 who meet weekly for 15 weeks
  5. 45 minutes per week in activity room –social skills lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  6. Literature based social skills curriculum for 3rd – 5th graders 


  1. Small groups of two to four students, grades TK-3 who meet weekly for 12 weeks
  2. 45 minutes per week in activity room - friendship lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  3. PALS focuses on building and maintaining friendships.



A Little History: The Rainbow Program Celebrates 30 Years of Success!

The Rainbow Program began in 1986 at Bollinger Canyon Elementary School as part of the statewide Primary Intervention Program (PIP). 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 photo lesson 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. Our local research has found that over 80% of participants made significant gains in their social skills and overall classroom adjustment.