Downtown Madison Happenings Podcast

Appearing on the Downtown Madison Happenings Podcast hosted by Jason Ilstrup, our Project Administrator Lisa Fiala and our Executive Director Pam Skeel talked about our big move to a new home and the state of child care in America.

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Madison’s Channel 3 News attended our “Farewell to our Williamson Street Home” open house event on March 4 and interviewed Emeritus Executive Director Wendy Rakower and Board President Aaron Stephenson. You can watch the video here.

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Review the progress over the past year of our new home just down the railroad tracks at Union Corners!


Teacher, Cheryl Heiman, is featured in a Capital Times article about her 47 years at Red Caboose.

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Roots & Wings Foundation has generously provided substantial financial support for our Red Caboose Scholarship Fund.  The Scholarship Fund allows Red Caboose to provide tuition assistance to 80% of enrolled families. Roots & Wings is a family foundation established in 2019 by Judy and Gordon Faulkner. Roots & Wings makes grants across the fields of healthcare, early childhood, basic needs, and human rights. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that help low-income children and families reach their full potential through prevention, early intervention, and in-depth programming that changes lives. More at www.RootsWings.org


Harriet N. Brown who spent an entire year observing Red Caboose. Her engaging and thought-provoking book, “The Good-Bye Window, A Year in the Life of a Day-Care Center”, published by The University of Wisconsin Press, is the story of that year.

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Thanks to a $150,000 matching grant from Otto Bremer Trust, any contributions you make to the Capital Campaign at this time will be doubled! Construction has begun on her new home at 2340 Winnebago Street!  The entire first floor will provide the space for Red Caboose to serve three times the number of children, and our community partner, Movin’ Out, Inc. will provide accessible housing on the upper floors.  The Capital Campaign will ensure the funds needed to complete this vital project.   “The collaboration between Red Caboose and Movin’ Out to build an expanded childcare facility and additional affordableMore…

Food Boxes

We are thankful for Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network and Partnership for a Healthier America (Good Food 4 All) for providing fresh produce throughout the fall season for our Red Caboose families. Today marked the last delivery date and we are thankful for these young men who delivered close to 1,200 boxes of food to Red Caboose over the past twelve weeks.  

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This morning at 10am, despite rain and a chill in the air, supporters gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for our unique project combining quality early childhood education and affordable and accessible housing. Jason Anderson, Red Caboose Executive Director, started the program with a welcome and introductions followed by Red Caboose Board Chair Aaron Stephenson.  Brian Benford from the Madison Common Council, and a former Red Caboose employee, shared some of his connections with Red Caboose and Movin’ Out and then introduced Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway who shared her support and announced additional financial support from the city of Madison for the project. Movin’More…

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As more and more people receive vaccines and we move beyond the pandemic we will be evaluating our procedures and easing restrictions in a phased approach as conditions allow.  We know many of you have questions, especially regarding when we will return to our regular hours at the Center and when parents will be able to enter the building again.  Please know that we are planning for those steps with the health and safety of everyone in mind and we will keep you informed as changes are made.

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