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A Cook County Initiative

Inform. Inspire. Impact.

Under the leadership of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, this new Cook County initiative seeks to address learning loss magnified by COVID-19 by curating and creating free early childhood and family oriented educational programming and through the development of Cook County’s first-ever mobile app.

The programming will air many places including on our County TV channel (Channel 22/900 on Comcast), and a free app that’s developed by University of Chicago for this project.

Through this initiative, Cook County and its Project Rainbow partners will produce new or repurpose existing informative and educational content for children and families. Additionally, future Cook County initiatives and programming involving children, families, or the arts will now be recognized by the County as Project Rainbow initiatives.

Read the Press ReleaseRead the Policy Brief (pdf)

Project Rainbow is made possible because of its world class partners.

Our partners are helping to support this Cook County initiative with rich educational resources. A list of partners is below.

Access our curriculum, powered by Golden Apple’s award-winning teachers, from home.

We’ve partnered with the Golden Apple Foundation to create our very own Project Rainbow Curriculum. This fall, a portion of Project Rainbow content will draw on the partnership and expertise of Golden Apple’s award-winning teachers who are also state certified teacher evaluators. Through this partnership, Project Rainbow will provide literacy enrichment videos for early childhood learners, geared specifically for 3- to 6-year-olds.

Developed by Golden Apple’s mentors, the curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Illinois Learning Standards, and Creative Curriculum. Each lesson is designed to have a predictable structure, integrated content areas, a home connection for parents and guardians, and differentiation of strategies for diverse learners including special education and dual language learners.

Please follow the link below to access our unique lesson plans accompanied by videos, worksheets, and instructions on how to complete each lesson with your student.

Lesson Plan 1


Lesson Plan 2


Lesson Plan 3


Lesson Plan 4


The Project Rainbow App is coming.

We have engaged the University of Chicago’s UChicago Tech Team, the University’s student-led organization dedicated to supporting community organizations and local government in effecting change through technology. They are creating an Android and Apple mobile app for Project Rainbow where this content will also reside.

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