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The Week of the Young Child® is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 52 Affiliates. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child® is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child® in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation forMore…


We are excited to report that our Red Caboose Teachers and staff are receiving COVID-19 vaccines!  Teachers and child care staff became eligible beginning March 1 and our staff have been scheduling appointments and receiving vaccines since then.  We want to express our appreciation to our staff for working with our children and families throughout this challenging and unprecedented year.  We are thankful for all of the staff at the vaccination sites and to public health for making these vaccinations a reality for our teachers.

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Please consider supporting our Press PLAY for Kids GoFundMe campaign to support our new playground fund at Red Caboose. You can support our efforts with a donation and, just as importantly, by sharing this campaign with your social media and email contacts. The success of a “crowdfunding” effort like this relies on getting the word out to as many people as possible. Thanks!

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As the holiday season approaches and due to the increase of COVID-19 within our community, state, and country, it is imperative that we all work to protect ourselves and one another and engage in the best possible practices to support reduced transmission. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you decide to travel to be with loved ones during the holidays, make sure you are doing everything you can to keep yourself and them safe. There areMore…


More than thirty Red Caboose supporters have already given in response to this year’s annual campaign! Scholarships: Red Caboose has awarded well over $500,000 in scholarships. Our sliding-scale tuition remains unique in Madison, allowing more families to access affordable childcare.  Your support is needed to continue this level of support for Madison families. Stability in uncertain times: The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted organizations across the country and around the world.  Red Caboose is no exception.  Your support is needed, now more than ever, to provide much needed stability during these uncertain financial times. A new home and a promising futureMore…


Our very own Nutrition Coordinator, Chef Barbara Wright, is preparing fresh granola daily in the Red Caboose kitchen! 14 ounce bags are $10 each and sales support our Annual Campaign. Choose from four delicious flavors: Apple Pie, Gingerbread, Golden Raisin and Cranberry Maple. Purchase and pick up at 654 Willy St.  Order forms available at Lapham for our School Age Program families. Sale ends 12/23.


We are working in partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District to provide full school day programs for school age children at Lapham Elementary (1045 E. Dayton) beginning September 8. This program is designed to meet the evolving needs of students and parents during this unprecedented time. We are excited to continue supporting families by offering full school day care that includes academic support for virtual learning, fun enrichment activities, and social emotional learning. Learn More and Enroll


Red Caboose has a long tradition of serving Madison families by providing exceptional care for children. I am honored to join this team of dedicated professionals to continue this essential work and to serve as your Executive Director. My career has been dedicated to creating the conditions that support the social and emotional development of children through quality child care, after school programs and summer camps. Having raised two sons in Madison, I understand the peace of mind that comes with knowing my child is safe, is cared for by loving professionals, and belongs within a diverse and inclusive communityMore…

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It’s official! Red Caboose owns the property of 2340 Winnebago Street! You can easily find our new home between 5th and 6th streets and Winnebago and East Washington. Red Caboose will be right next door to the UW Clinic at Union Corners. In January we began our very early stages of design with the Red Caboose teaching staff. At this meeting we worked with our Project Manager, Urban Assets and our architect Jim Glueck to brainstorm design concepts. We are very excited about the plans and will continue to pass along more information on the new facility as we have it.

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