Respondent
Kaplan, Natalie A.
Interview Date
1998
Abstract
[T1S1] Respondent gives background of parents: mother, Sadie Goldstein; father, Sam Adler. Notes father's business: Phillips Ave. Pharmacy; mother, bookkeeper there. Respondent depicts early childhood: happy, raised in Squirrel Hill; attended H.B. Davis School, Wightman School, Taylor Allderdice and Rodef Shalom Sunday school, also taught there; gives brother's name. Graduated Penn State, degree in child development. Respondent describes holiday celebrations in home, Friday night dinners (still continues tradition); gives names of maternal grandparents. Respondent comments on summer activities: vacations in Atlantic City; Laurel Y Camp. Respondent received masters degree in education: University of Pittsburgh.; met Margaret McFarland, who became her mentor, also met Dr. Spock; first job at Frick pre-school. Respondent reflects on meeting Larry Kaplan; dated 1 year, married 1952.
[T1S2] Respondent describes Frick school: day care center, comments on program; husband's completion of law degree; his Army duty and move to Charlottesville, VA. Provides names, birth dates of children and return to Pittsburgh. Notes employment at First Unitarian Church, remained there 15 years; became administrator of program. Respondent explains changing needs of families requiring day care: longer day necessary; approached Chatham College to start Carriage House, approved 6/74.
[T2S3] Provides details on Carriage House: number of children attending, hours, schedule; started with infants, then age 2 and kindergarten. Respondent explains study done by Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition to assess needs for day care in Squirrel Hill; infant toddler program started 1981: Wightman School, purchased for $100,000; Respondent notes mission statement: to provide community service and cannot compete with Pittsburgh. School board; started under umbrella of Carriage House. Gives names of past board presidents of Carriage House, number of board members, number on staff, 200 children enrolled, number of students per teacher.
[T2S4] Respondent notes goal: maintain quality care and improve building, $300,000 needed; raise salaries. Respondent comments on good fortune, happy marriage: both partners very supportive of each other; role as "political wife": involvement with husband's campaign for judge; his position in family court and children's help with campaign and Carriage House. Notes careers of 3 children. Respondent discusses movement of families from Pittsburgh. to suburbs and other cities; feels Carriage House instrumental in keeping young families here, notes diversity of families with children at Carriage House.
Subjects
Carriage House Children's Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Chatham College; Child development; Day care centers; Education; Kaplan, Lawrence W.; Public schools; Wightman School (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Length (hours)
1.75
Interviewer1
Leyton, Hope
Interviewer2
Adelson, Ruth
Indexer
Berger, Betty
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 47
Identifier
ais196440.218
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh