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Jane Greenberg ’81 Max, 23 (left), Benjamin, 26 (right)


MOM: “Benji was in the very first toddler class, right after my mother helped get the center launched. I had used other day cares, but this one was phenomenal, largely because we were lucky enough to hire excellent staff who didn’t just care for the children but also taught them. We allied with the early-child- hood center and its student interns, and we took part, by design and by osmosis, in the flowering of Skidmore’s interdisciplinary culture in those days. “Max started there as an infant, and he was . . . a handful. He could never settle down for a nap. So Nancy the director, who used nap time for her time off or to run errands, would carry him around campus with her in a baby backpack, which kept him happy while the rest of the kids napped. She did this for over a year. What a demonstration of selflessness and caring—no wonder Max insisted, until he was at least 4 years old, that he was going to marry her! “Working in cramped quarters, the teachers


were brilliant at structuring the kids’ days, setting expectations, giving them jobs to do at snack time— all those procedural things. It struck me every day that my boys were learning how to help, how to be kind, how to interact in a group—skills that really served them well as they grew up.”


FALL 2012 SCOPE 9


MATHIEU ASSELIN


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