Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center
Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center
Kaleidoscope's mission is to provide safe, affordable, consistent,
high-quality preschool and childcare services, while supporting the families of Orcas island
Regan's island roots go back to his childhood. Growing up, he spent his summers and holidays on the island, and jumped at an opportunity to move his family here in 2012. After studying engineering in college and a spending 20+ years in the hospitality industry, Regan draws on his past experiences to contribute to the Orcas Community as a former board member and volunteer coordinator at the Orcas Montessori School; a member of Montessori Advocacy for Public Schools; a founding organizer of the Annual Hops on the Rock Beer Festival; a regular volunteer at Orcas Island Elementary School; and a proud member of the Orcas Island Booster Club. After running Food & Beverage at Rosario Resort for several years, Regan now owns/operates two local businesses: Smokestack Services (Chimney Sweeping, Inspection and Consulting) and Draftworks (Draft Beer System Maintenance). He is the proud father of three island children - Atticus, Miette and Rowan (currently at Kaleidoscope) - and loving partner of Karen Meng. He brings experience in workplace systems/policy and hopes his strong belief positive work culture will help to grow and guide Kaleidoscope during his time on the board.
J. Renee Racik, MA, Perinatal Mental Health Counselor.
Renee joined the board in late 2021, excited to return to the Kaleidoscope community as a parent, after teaching in the toddler program ten years ago. She has a long history of providing support services for families, including as a doula and mental health counselor, and a brief stint as a toddler teacher (smile). She is most passionate to support the programming at Kaleidoscope as it is very needed to provide accessible childcare for island families (and have access to an amazing forest school, hello!). Renee also values the diversity of students, and the openness of the staff to identify and work with children who need extra support. Renee looks forward to being a part of the board to support the thriving community.
Michele and family are one of the pandemic families that moved to Orcas in July 2020. Pre-pandemic we did not see ourselves living full time on Orcas until later in life, but things change and we could not be happier in this community and to be raising our kids here. I am from Seattle originally, thus grew up boating, crabbing, hiking and exploring the outdoors. My husband, Mark, is from New Jersey and loves the outdoors of the pacific northwest and is enjoying exploring all that Orcas and the surrounding waters have to offer. We have 3 young kids, Anthony (6), Domenica (4), and Luca (2). What drew us to Kaleidoscope was the full day Forest School. The idea of having our kids outside all day everyday and learning to be in nature is an amazing opportunity. I am excited to be able to support this great organization and bringing quality childcare to orcas island families.
Amanda and family moved to Orcas Island in December of 2019...just in time for the pandemic to start. Kaleidoscope has been the center of our community on the island. I am so thankful for all of the kind hearted folks I have met through Kaleidoscope. Forest School is one of the big reasons why our family chose Orcas Island as our home. I grew up in the interior of Alaska and spent countless hours outside playing, imagining, and running free. Camping, boating, hiking, and exploring are some of my favorite activities. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I have seen many studies that show the importance and value of time spent in childhood unstructured, outdoors. There are direct physical and mental health benefits related to this style of education. Time spent outdoors is priceless. Children are better able to regulate their bodies and emotions. It is imperative to me that I give our kiddo that wonderful start and do my part to help Kaleidoscope on its mission to provide reliable, high-quality childcare to the community for many years to come.
Born and raised in central Kentucky, Betsy Wilson moved to Orcas in 2014. Since then, Betsy has enjoyed working in the service industry and taken an interest in medicine, becoming a volunteer EMT in 2019. Presently, Betsy and her partner Nick work together as property managers and have one child, Charlie who attends the toddler room at Kaleidoscope. They enjoy the island life and believe Kaleidoscope is an amazing resource for more than just child care. As a board member she hopes to continue to strengthen the foundation of Kaleidoscope so it may continue to be a resource for islanders.