Our Story

No other program offering childcare, early education and school-age recreation offers LeafSpring School’s full spectrum of care for the whole child. Our academics, onsite healthcare, and cutting-edge leadership development initiatives make us the leaders in our field.

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Gail W. Johnson, RN, MSN founded Rainbow Station

While on the faculty of the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Gail saw firsthand how families struggled and went into crisis mode when their children had acute or chronic health conditions. A major crisis contributor was the lack of support services for these children when parents had to return to work. As a solution, Gail created the Get Well Place™ at Rainbow Station to provide valuable assistance for working parents with mildly or chronically ill children — a support for the entire community, regardless of whether children were enrolled in Rainbow Station. Here, a full-time nurse cares for children so parents can be productive at work. As an additional benefit, nurses are always there should children need care during the school day.

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Gail and her team conceived The Village, a unique school-age recreation program.

In years past, children played freely in their neighborhoods and safely participated in various recreational options after school and on summer break. The Village at Rainbow Station is reminiscent of these days. Children can go to the Village Green for town meetings, the Café for snacks, the Library to study, or the Theatre for dramatic play. It’s a complete village within a building. The Village creates an atmosphere in which children are free to choose age appropriate activities in a safe, fun, and stimulating environment staffed by recreation counselors. The Village was an exciting breakthrough — it’s the all-encompassing afterschool and summer recreation program today’s families need.


Rainbow Station introduced Camp Blue Sky, a fast and furious day camp with an away camp feel.

Camp Blue Sky offers the perfect summer solution. Kids aged 5-13 get an age-appropriate Summer Camp program where they can do all the things they want and learn all the things parents want them to learn.

Rainbow Station opened its first International School in Shenzhen, China.

Rainbow Station adapted its version of the preschool classroom and early learning experience while still maintaining its core emphasis on creativity and leadership development. Foreign markets value our unique curriculum delivered in English in the American way of interactive teaching. This opportunity created a curriculum enhancement—developmentally appropriate enrichment classes that can be taught in 60 to 75 minute blocks of time.


Rainbow Station introduced its proprietary leadership program: INSPIRED.

INSPIRED was designed complement and enhance the existing play and values-based curriculum, PLAYWORKS. The INSPIRED curriculum consists of 6 literacies, or areas of study: Social Literacy, Health Literacy, Environmental Literacy, Civic Literacy, Entrepreneurial Literacy, and Financial Literacy.


Rainbow Station becomes LeafSpring School

With unique concepts like PLAYWORKS©, The Village, Camp Blue Sky, and the Get Well Place, we have created initiatives that continually raise the bar for preschools on a national level.

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