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Child Care Services
Program Number: 313071
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Education and Social Sciences
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
27 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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$3,442.80 Tuition
$313.38 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$256.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    The Child Care Services technical diploma from Madison College prepares you to work as a teacher-caregiver in early childhood settings. It combines hands-on fieldwork in area centers with related academic work at the college. Graduates are prepared to assist in the care and education of children in the birth-to-6-years age range. You will create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents. 

    Following completion of the Child Care Services technical diploma, you may transfer directly into the Associate Degree of Early Childhood Education as the courses in this technical diploma are part of the Applied Associate ECE degree.

    Upon admission to the program, you will complete a background and criminal history check form and submit it to the program director. Look for this form in your student email.  Information obtained from the background may affect your ability to secure a practicum placement.

    Prior to taking ECE: Introductory Practicum, you must show evidence of a physical examination including TB test using the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Staff Health Report - Child Care Provider Form (external pdf) .

    Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

    Some courses in the program involve preparation of learning materials, field trips, etc. that may involve additional expenses.

    To learn how your experience could count toward your degree contact

    Program Details

    Students in the Childcare Services Program may attend full or part time.

    Child Care Services courses may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - South
    • Online


    Earning your diploma in the Child Care Services program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:

    • Child Care Teachers
      Work in full-day and part-day child care programs, nursery schools and Head Start programs.
    • Child Care Assistant Teachers
      Work under the supervision of a child care teacher.
    • Family Child Care Providers
      Care for eight children or less in provider's home.
    • Infant or Toddler Caregivers
      Care for children under two years of age.
    • In-home Providers/Nannies
      Provide care in the child's home.
    • Early Childhood Educational Assistants
      Work in district approved early childhood programs, and four-years-old kindergarten programs.
    • Early Childhood Special Needs Assistants
      Work in district approved early childhood programs, and four-years-old kindergarten programs.

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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    Get Started!

    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Child Care Services career.

    It's Free to Apply

  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Childcare Services graduates are prepared to:

    • Apply child development theory to practice.
    • Cultivate relationships with children, family and the community.
    • Assess child growth and development.
    • Use best practices in teaching and learning.
    • Demonstrate professionalism.
    • Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates311724
      Number of Surveys Sent311524
      Number of Surveys Returned23522
      Percent of Surveys Returned74.20%33.30%91.70%
      Available for Employment1559
      Percent Available for Employment93.80%100.00%47.40%
      Not in Labor Market7013
      Percent Not in Labor Market43.80%0.00%68.40%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed1459
      Percent of Graduates Employed93.30%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation1237
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation85.70%60.00%77.80%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation122
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation7.10%40.00%22.20%
      Employed - No Response100
      Percent Employed - No Response7.10%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment100
      Percent Seeking Employment6.70%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses15519
      Very Satisfied (4)9211
      Percent Very Satisfied60.00%40.00%57.90%
      Satisfied (3)637
      Percent Satisfied40.00%60.00%36.80%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)001
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%5.30%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses22522
      Preparation for Getting a Job325
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job13.60%40.00%22.70%
      Career Change111
      Percent Career Change4.50%20.00%4.50%
      Improvement of Existing Skills112
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills4.50%20.00%9.10%
      Preparation for Further Education14113
      Percent Preparation for Further Education63.60%20.00%59.10%
      Personal Interest201
      Percent Personal Interest9.10%0.00%4.50%
      Percent Other4.50%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses1349
      Before Enrollment738
      Percent Before Enrollment53.80%75.00%88.90%
      While Attending the College601
      Percent While Attending the College46.20%0.00%11.10%
      After Training at the College010
      Percent After Training at the College0.00%25.00%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses1559
      In College District1249
      Percent In College District80.00%80.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District110
      Percent of In Wisconsin6.70%20.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown200
      Percent Location Unknown13.30%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend201920202021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count513
      Average Monthly Wage$2,226$2,460$2,338
      Average Hourly Wage$12.94$14.30$13.59
      Average Work Hours per Week39.74040.4
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count402
      Average Hourly Wage$14.83$13.75
      Average Work Hours per Week223030
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Bright Beginnings Day SchoolAssistant Teacher
      Creative Learning Day Care & PreschoolTeacher
      Heart Of BrooklynLead Toddler TeacherBrooklyn
      Leap Academy4K Teacher
      Little Adventures Early Learning CenterLead Daycare TeacherColumbus

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