Elephant Room, ages 2-3 yrs

How We Learn

The two-year olds are becoming more social and more independent, all at the same time. In the Elephant Room we give our children the emotional support they need to carry out both these important life-time tasks.

Just being part of a group takes a lot of skills. Our goal is for children to begin to use language to communicate their feelings, needs and desires, to start the process of learning to share and take turns, to begin to share space and play with their peers, and to be able to be successful in groups, both big and small. We do this by interacting with our children, getting on their level, having real and meaningful conversations with them and sitting and eating as groups in a family style. Independence is encouraged as children begin to put on their own coats and shoes, solve some of their own problems, serve themselves at meal time, and of course, use the potty. There is a mix of teacher directed projects and child initiated play times where children can learn as they discover materials, activities, and physical settings through creative, meaningful play.


 Katie Draeving, Lead Teacher

I have been working with children for over 20 years and have been with Red Caboose since 2015. I enjoy craft projects and hobbies like sewing.




KristiKristi Cherry

I have more than 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and started at Red Caboose in 2019. I live in Evansville with my dog and two cats. I have an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and love football, especially the Green Bay Packers.



Ida BrownIda Brown

I have been working with children in an early childhood education setting for five years.  I like to interact and play with the children both indoors and outdoors.  I was born in Milwaukee, and grew up in Madison. I love Red Caboose!  I am excited to be part of a team where everybody is so warm and welcoming.





Meet our entire Red Caboose team.