Rainbow Chimes, a daycare center in Greenlawn that has been operating since 1980, is shutting down for good at the end of October.
A supervisor said that founder the Rev. Kathleen Roche was planning to retire and that a plan for someone else to take over the center had fallen through. The center employs 22 educators and other staff.
The center previously leased space from the Developmental Disabilities Institute on Little Plains Road. It currently shares space on Broadway-Greenlawn Road with C3 Church and a baker.
The center enrolls students from 6 weeks to 10 years.
Founder Roche as served on the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Care Advisory Committee, as a board member for the Child Care Council of Suffolk, and as President of the Child Care Administrators’ Association, the center says. She is a member of the Leadership Huntington Council.