Good-Bye Window: A Year in the Life of a Day-Care Center

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On March 9, 2004, the teachers and staff of Red Caboose Day Care in Madison, Wisconsin, were faced with the ultimate test-and passed with flying colors. That morning an armed man forced his way into Red Caboose, slashed a teacher, herded children and staff into the Bumblebee Room, and threatened to kill the center's director. Some staffers quietly evacuated as many children as possible, while others surrounded the children, helping them stay calm and protecting them from harm ...
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Overview

On March 9, 2004, the teachers and staff of Red Caboose Day Care in Madison, Wisconsin, were faced with the ultimate test-and passed with flying colors. That morning an armed man forced his way into Red Caboose, slashed a teacher, herded children and staff into the Bumblebee Room, and threatened to kill the center's director. Some staffers quietly evacuated as many children as possible, while others surrounded the children, helping them stay calm and protecting them from harm and from seeing the final violent denouement.

If you still need convincing that high-quality child care makes a difference, read this book, which is a year in the life of Red Caboose. Then imagine what might have happened if the teachers were young, new, and inexperienced, if turnover was so constant that staff never got to bond and work together as a team. Imagine, in other words, what might have happened in most child-care settings in America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299158743
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Brown has been a freelance journalist for eighteen years, specializing in writing about the lives of women and children. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, Ms., Health, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and two daughters, both of whom attended Red Caboose Day-Care Center, which she profiles in this book

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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Author's Note xii
Prologue 3
Chapter 1 Fall: The Bumblebee Room 8
Chapter 2 Winter: The Turtle Room 78
Chapter 3 Spring: The Elephant Room 141
Chapter 4 Summer: The Grasshopper Room 190
Epilogue 241
Notes 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    An excellent view into the life of a child care center

    The Goodbye Window offers parents, early childhood professionals, and the general public a look into what child care is really like. Triumphs and struggles are both documented at a program that values a high quality early childhood program in an era where there is little financial support for such programs.

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