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.  

Sara and Carlos Alvarado at Red Caboose Groundbreaking

Because of Red Caboose our children knew love – the deep unconditional love – that we all long for   Because of Red Caboose family became more than blood   Because of Red Caboose we experienced what it’s like when family is created, cultivated, in community with deep unconditional love   Because of Red Caboose our children are potty trained (we aren’t sure we could have done it on our own)   Because of Red Caboose we grew as a family – larger than our own selves – in a diverse, caring, compassionate, justice focused community   Because of RedMore…

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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…

Moonshine room

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.

50 years

Established in 1972, Red Caboose is one of the oldest independent child care centers in Madison, and the first center to meet the city’s rigorous child care accreditation standards.  We are gearing up to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2022.   Watch for history highlights and special announcements in the coming months.


Results from the largest research study of camper outcomes ever conducted in the United States confirmed that camps build skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults. Parents, campers, and camp staff independently reported growth in areas such as self-confidence, independence, making friends, exploring and learning new activities. Indeed, camp provides growth experiences for youth that can benefit them through adulthood.  Summer camp offers an unmatched opportunity to foster community and social-emotional development.  This summer we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Camp Caboose!  Registration for summer 2021 camp programs begins March 1.  LEARN MORE

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