Providing Madison Families With Loving Child Care Since 1972

Generations of families in Madison have trusted us to care for and love their children — and we take that mission seriously.


Now enrolling 4-year-olds and 4K for fall! Come take a tour and see the Grasshopper room for yourself.


What’s special about Red Caboose?

  • We’re the only child care center in Madison that factors family income into tuition costs — cost is calculated on a sliding scale.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks are included, and we make it all in-house.
  • We buck industry trends with low staff turnover. Our experienced teachers and staff dedicate themselves to Red Caboose children, some for as long as 40 years!

Come see for yourself. Schedule a tour, meet the teachers and families that make Red Caboose a special place for pre-school and school-aged children to learn, grow, and be loved.


Red Caboose’s Child Care Center

For a tour and to learn more about us, contact Crystal, our Preschool Program Director, at ppd@redcaboosedaycare.org.  Enrollment information is available upon request.

Current Enrollment Openings

Turtle Room, ages 11-24 months: 1 part-time opening

Elephant Room, ages 2-3 yrs: full & part-time openings

Bumblebee Room, ages 3-4 yrs: full & part-time openings

Grasshopper Room, ages 4-5 yrs: no openings at this time

Center Rates 2020



Red Caboose’s School Age Programs

Special Fall 2020 School Day Programs at Lapham Elementary – Information & Enrollment Forms

In order to provide peace of mind for parents and to support students with virtual learning, Red Caboose is partnering with the Madison Metropolitan School District to provide full-day care and support for students at Lapham Elementary School beginning September 8, 2020.

To enroll, please contact Savannah, our Enrollment Coordinator, at sapenroll@redcaboosedaycare.org

  • After School at Lapham & Marquette (during the school year when in-person instruction resumes)
  • Camp Caboose (during the summer)

School Age Program Rates 2020 (during the school year when in-person instruction resumes)

After-School Program enrollment packets for the 2020-2021 school year:

Days of Play enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year:

We offer care on days that public school has Early Release days or No Public School days (aka Days of Play) – sign up separately in advance to ensure your spot(s) for this school year!


All enrollment paperwork and payments should be delivered to:

654 Williamson Street

Madison, WI 53703


Additional School Age Program Information:

RC School Age Program Parent Handbook

WI Child Care Licensing Summary