Child Care Services


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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 313071

Credits: 30

Area of Study: Education and Social Sciences

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*
100% Online*
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,230.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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.

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 the program director.

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

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To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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.

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates273117
    Number of Surveys Sent213115
    Number of Surveys Returned16235
    Percent of Surveys Returned76.2%74.2%33.3%
    Available for Employment7155
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%93.8%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market970
    Percent Not in Labor Market128.6%43.8%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed7145
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%93.3%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation5123
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation71.4%85.7%60.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation212
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation28.6%7.1%40.0%
    Employed - No Response010
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%7.1%0.0%
    Seeking Employment010
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%6.7%0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)33.63.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses7155
    Very Satisfied (4)292
    Percent Very Satisfied28.6%60.0%40.0%
    Satisfied (3)463
    Percent Satisfied57.1%40.0%60.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)100
    Percent Very Unsatisfied14.3%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses16225
    Preparation for Getting a Job232
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job12.5%13.6%40.0%
    Career Change011
    Percent Career Change0.0%4.5%20.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills111
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills6.3%4.5%20.0%
    Preparation for Further Education12141
    Percent Preparation for Further Education75.0%63.6%20.0%
    Personal Interest120
    Percent Personal Interest6.3%9.1%0.0%
    Percent Other0.0%4.5%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses6134
    Before Enrollment273
    Percent Before Enrollment33.3%53.8%75.0%
    While Attending the College460
    Percent While Attending the College66.7%46.2%0.0%
    After Training at the College001
    Percent After Training at the College0.0%0.0%25.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses7155
    In College District7124
    Percent In College District100.0%80.0%80.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District011
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%6.7%20.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown020
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%13.3%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count251
    Average Monthly Wage$1,895$2,226$2,460
    Average Hourly Wage$11.02$12.94$14.30
    Average Work Hours per Week40.039.740.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count240
    Average Hourly Wage$13.63$14.83
    Average Work Hours per Week26.722.030.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Big Oak Child Care Center Preschool Teacher
    Bright Horizons Teacher
    Child's First Assistant Teacher Janesville
    Gingerbread House Program Assistant McFarland
    Hearts and Hands Childcare Lead Teacher Mt Horeb
    Preschool of the Arts Teacher
    Red Caboose Day Care Float Teacher
    Self-Employed Lead Childcare Teacher Watertown
    Wishing Well Preschool Lead Teacher DeForest

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