Child Care Services

Technical Diploma

Program number: 313071

Credits: 30

Area of Study: Education and Social Sciences

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,095.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

The Early Childhood Education 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 Early Childhood Education technical diploma, you may transfer directly into the Applied Associate of Science 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.

Early Childhood Education courses may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - South

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


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.



The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2020-2021 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.


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

    2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 6 27
    Number of Surveys Sent 6 21
    Number of Surveys Returned 5 16
    Percent of Surveys Returned 83.30% 76.20%
    Available for Employment 4 7
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 9
    Percent Not in Labor Market 25.00% 128.60%
    Available for Employment

    2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 4 7
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 3 5
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.00% 71.40%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.00% 28.60%
    Employed - No Response 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3 3 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 4 7
    Very Satisfied 0 2
    Percent Very Satisfied 0.00% 28.60%
    Satisfied 4 4
    Percent Satisfied 100.00% 57.10%
    Unsatisfied 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 14.30%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 5 16
    Preparation for Getting a Job 3 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 60.00% 12.50%
    Career Change 1 0
    Percent Career Change 20.00% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 6.30%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 12
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 20.00% 75.00%
    Personal Interest 0 1
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 6.30%
    Other 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 6
    Before Enrollment 0 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 33.30%
    While Attending the College 1 4
    Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 66.70%
    After Training at the College 3 0
    Percent After Training at the College 75.00% 0.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 4 7
    In College District 2 7
    Percent In College District 50.00% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 25.00% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0
    Percent Location Unknown 25.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 2
    Average Monthly Wage $1,376 $1,895
    Average Hourly Wage $8.00 $11.02
    Average Work Hours per Week 40 40
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 0 2
    Average Hourly Wage $13.63
    Average Work Hours per Week 15 26.7
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 8 127
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 62 136
    Total Jobs 70 263
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Blooming Grove Montessori Assistant Teacher
    Divine Savior Healthcare Early Childhood Education Portage
    Madison Metropolitan School District Bilingual Educational Assistant/Educational Assistant
    St John's Ministry Child Development Portage
    Unity Point Health Meriter Hospital Teacher
    Wisconsin Dells School Teacher Assistant Wisconsin Dells

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