Working with young children is extremely rewarding. You will help  support the growth of our next generation.

You may choose a path that allows you to specialize in a particular age group, such as infants and toddlers. The demand for qualified caregivers is high, so get ready for a career where you can really make a difference!

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Early Childhood Foundational Courses

Introduction to the Childcare Profession

This is a Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) required course to be a childcare teacher. Learn the roles and responsibilities of an assistant teacher in a day care center, such as understanding child development, daily scheduling, positive guidance, day care regulations and health practices.

Skills and Strategies for the Childcare Teacher

Gain the skills and strategies you need to prepare for employment or boost your skills to reach the next level as a childcare teacher. Prerequisite: Intro to Childcare Profession. Adding this second course fulfills the DCF requirement to be a lead childcare teacher.

Fundamentals of Family Childcare

Fundamentals of Family Childcare will give you an overview of starting and operating an in home family childcare. Topics include licensing and business requirements, resources, professionalism, special issues of care for each age group, and school age care with mixed ages.

Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care

Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care reviews child development and developmentally appropriate activities, planning environment and programs, and basic care routines and licensing requirements. Learn techniques that promote positive relationships between children and caregivers. This is the DCF required course to work with children under the age of two.

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Early Childhood Education Certificate and Degree Programs

First Step Basic Early Childhood Educator Technical Diploma

In just a few months you could be working your dream job in a preschool, daycare or early childhood center. This technical certificate program will teach you the essential skills and requirements you need to work in early childhood education.
9 credits | Finish in 4-8 months

Second Step   Early Childhood Education Preschool

Help shape the hearts and minds of young children with a certificate in early childhood education. This 21-credit program will teach you the specialized skills you need to work with children age 3 and over.
21 credits | Finish in less than a year

Third Step Child Care Services Technical Diploma

Develop the skills and experience you need for a fulfilling role in early childhood education. You will be prepared to create and maintain safe, healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities and work cooperatively with staff and parents.
30 credits | Finish in less than a year

More Certificates and Degree Programs in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
Early Childhood Education: Infant and Toddler Certificate
Early Childhood Education: Diversity Credential
Early Childhood Education Administrator

Early Childhood Education Inclusion Credential - Coming soon

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