Milestones

1986
The need for special education

A task force under the leadership of Dr Kenneth Lyen conducted a needs assessment on the number of children with multiple disabilities who were not receiving any services. The survey indicated that there were more than 150 such children.

1987
Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS)

The Singapore Council of Social Service (SCSS) started MDSS at 501 Margaret Drive with a Programme for Children with Multiple Handicaps (PCMH), and took over the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Young Children (EIPIC) from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).

1989
Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS) introduced the Structured Teaching for Exceptional Pupils (STEP) programme

MDSS became the first special school to introduce a programme for children with autism from 2 years to 12 years old.

Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS) registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE)
MDSS registered with the MOE under the Education Act and began receiving shared per capita funding from the MOE and the Community Chest.

1990
Official opening of Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS)

The official opening of MDSS on 26 May 1990 by Dr Tay Eng Soon, Senior Minister of State for Education.

1992
The formation of an umbrella body to run Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS)

MDSS became autonomous from the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and came under the umbrella of Rainbow Centre, which was established and registered with the Registry of Societies in the same year. Dr Ee Peng Liang became the first Honorary Patron of Rainbow Centre.

1993
Parent Training Programme

The Parent Education and Training Programme was introduced for parents of children registered on our waiting lists.

1995
Balestier Special School (BSS)

Rainbow Centre started BSS at 8 McNair Road, Singapore 328517 as her second school to cope with increasing number of children on our waiting lists. The school was later renamed as Rainbow Centre - Balestier School (RCBS).

1996
Official opening of Balestier Special School (BSS)

The official opening of BSS on 1 October 1996 by Dr Wee Kim Wee, President of Singapore and Honorary Patron of Rainbow Centre.

Educational Therapy
Educational Therapy was introduced to serve more children waiting for enrolment to our programmes.

1997
Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS) celebrated her 10th Anniversary

MDSS celebrated her 10th anniversary with a concert at the Singapore Labour Foundation Auditorium on 3 October 1997. The Guest-of-Honour was RDM Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education.

Rainbow Dreams (First Edition)
Rainbow Dreams (First Edition) – a book especially written for parents, educators and caregivers, was co-edited by Dr Lee Eng Hin, Dr Kenneth Lyen and Mrs June Tham.

1998
New premises for Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS)

The redevelopment of MDSS project was completed in June, and staff and pupils of the school moved into their new building in July. The new school was built with special facilities to cater to the needs of children with a diverse range of learning difficulties. A separate office for Rainbow Centre was also established within the new building.

1999
National Training Award

Rainbow Centre was a finalist for the 1999 National Training Award and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in recognition of our exemplary achievements in employee training and development.

Official opening of the new purpose-built Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS)
The official opening of the new MDSS on 19 July 1999 by Dr Aline Wong, Senior Minister of State for Education. Our corporate video, “Our Rainbow Dreams” was launched at the official opening.

2000
Preschool Integration Enhancement Programme (PRiEP)

The Preschool Integration Enhancement Programme (PRiEP) was introduced to provide training and professional support to pre-school centres with children with special needs. The Family and Marital Therapy services were also introduced as part of our professional support services to families of children attending our programmes. PRiEP has now been renamed as Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy (RCTC).

2001
Rainbow Dental Clinic

The launch of two new initiatives, the Preschool Integration Enhancement Programme (PRiEP) and Rainbow Dental Clinic on 24 September 2001 by Professor (Dr) Lee Eng Hin,  President of Rainbow Centre.

2002
Formation of Rainbow Link

The formation of Rainbow Link – a programme to promote volunteerism and to support and educate volunteers at Rainbow Centre.

2003
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) commissioned Rainbow Centre to conduct training courses

MCYS commissioned Rainbow Centre to conduct training courses for its maiden Integrated Childcare Centre Programme (ICCP) for teachers and heads of childcare centres.

Rainbow Centre's website
The launch of Rainbow Centre's website – a community project developed by Alternate TV.

2004
Collaboration with Autism Resource Centre (ARC)

Rainbow Centre and ARC jointly started Pathlight School in January 2004 at the former Chong Li Primary School. Pathlight School is an autism school for children between six years old and 16 years old with autism, and who have the cognitive ability to access the mainstream curriculum. The collaboration was the result of a joint paper entitled ‘Project Platinum’ to the Ministry of Education (MOE). Pathlight School is now fully run under ARC.

2005
Family Support Group (FSG) programme

Rainbow Centre was selected by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) to run the FSG Programme to provide peer emotional support for caregivers and family members to manage and cope for their disabled dependents. This programme was officially launched in November and aims to impart family life education and skills to the families.

Kevin’s World
Kevin’s World – the children’s picture storybook about autism by Ms Min Lim and Mrs June Tham was published by Rainbow Centre and launched on 14 May by LG (NS) Lim Chuan Poh, Permanent Secretary for Education.

Balestier Special School (BSS) celebrated her 10th Anniversary
The school celebrated its 10th anniversary with a carnival on 1 October 2005 with Mr Heng Chee How, Minister of State for Trade and Industry (MTI) as the Guest-of-Honour. “Where the Rainbow Begins," a coffee table book, was published to commemorate the occasion.

2006
New patron for Rainbow Centre

Professor Tommy Koh, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large, was appointed to succeed Dr Wee Kim Wee as the Honorary Patron for Rainbow Centre.

Renamed Rainbow Centre programmes
To promote Rainbow Centre as the brand name, all programmes use Rainbow Centre as the prefix. PRiEP was renamed to Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy (RCTC).

2007
Rainbow Centre - Margaret Drive School (RCMDS) celebrated its 20th Anniversary

RCMDS celebrated its 20th anniversary with an inspiring concert “I See Your True Colours,” on 23 October at the Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre.

Regional collaboration between Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy (RCTC) and INDOCARE, Jakarta, Indonesia
RCTC went regional by collaborating with INDOCARE, Jakarta, Indonesia, in the provision of training courses and consultations for their teaching staff.


Local collaboration between Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy (RCTC) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Ngee Ann Polytechnic collaborated with RCTC for the new Advanced Diploma and Certificate in Early Childhood Intervention (Special Needs) courses. 


2008
New Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School at Yishun New Town

Rainbow Centre - Balestier School (RCBS) and Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme (Balestier) moved to the new premises at 15, Yishun Street 61. It was renamed as Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School (RCYPS) and Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme (Yishun Park) respectively.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of National Education and Indocare, Indonesia
Signing of MOU with the Early Childhood and Special Education branch for training of teachers and therapists for special needs.

2009
Official opening of the new Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School (RCYPS) and Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme (Yishun Park)

Official opening of RCYPS and Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme (Yishun Park) on 1 October 2009 by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Education and Second Minister for Defence.

MOE-NCSS Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award
Ms Sharifah Mastura Shahab won the MOE-NCSS Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award.

2010
MOE-NCSS Innovation Award
Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School won the MOE-NCSS Innovation Award for its Minimart Social Enterprise programme.

2011
World Autism Day on 02 April

The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Rainbow Centre Singapore jointly organised the first World Autism Day in Singapore with a series of workshops on related topics for parents and professionals at Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School. The event was graced by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports as the Guest-of-Honour.

Rainbow Centre Singapore
To enhance Rainbow Centre's corporate identity, Rainbow Centre is renamed to Rainbow Centre Singapore.

MOE-NCSS Innovation Award
Rainbow Centre - Margaret Drive School won the MOE-NCSS Innovation Award for its Health Education for Absolute Learning (H.E.A.L) project.

2012
MOE-NCSS Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award
Ms Siti Tasrifah Bte Abdul Shukor received a commendation letter.

MOE-NCSS Innovation Award
Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School received commendation letter for its Student Leadership programme.

Rainbow Centre Singapore celebrated its 20th Anniversary
Rainbow Centre Singapore celebrated its 20th anniversary on 15 September 2012 with 2 kilometer walk and carnival at Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the Guest-of-Honour. Rainbow Dreams (Third Edition) was specially launched at the 20th Anniversary Dinner held on 6 November 2012. The Guest-of-Honour was Mr Heng Swee Kiat, Minister for Education.