With the successful completion of the Early Childhood Professional Development One and Two certificates (12 credits), students may apply for advanced standing in the Early Childhood Program. If you have two years of documented work experience in a licensed child care center in the State of Wisconsin and proof of introductory non-credit courses that include infant and toddler development (Wisconsin Child Care licensing requirement), you are eligible for 15 credits of advanced standing.
Can this certificate help your center achieve a higher YoungStar rating?
In order for a child care program/family child care provider to achieve 3 or more Stars in YoungStar, lead teaching staff, program directors and family child care providers are required to complete credit based instruction to gain targeted competencies related to high quality programming.
These one credit classes allow you to stack 1 credit training options to reach these requirements and to move towards degree pathways. For example, completion of Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards class can lead to a program earning a point when 50% of 100% of staff have completed this training.
Completion of NWTC credit based coursework such as improving environments or teacher/family communication will support the competencies of the teacher/provider and when put into practice will be observed during a YoungStar technical rating and/or YoungStar formal rating and the program can then possibly receive YoungStar points.
Completion of early childhood and school age credits by group center lead teaching staff/family child care providers will help the program earn points in YoungStar.
Catalog No. Description Credits
10-307-206 ECE: Family Involvement
10-307-208 ECE: Improving Environments
10-307-209 ECE: Model Work Standards
10-307-203 ECE: Physical Activity-Child
10-307-207 ECE: Rating Scales/Environment
10-307-205 ECE: Supervision Tracking and Rptg
10-307-206 ECE: Family Involvement... identify parent involvement with early childhood programs, demonstrate family communication techniques, develop ways to invite parent input into the early childhood program.
10-307-208 ECE: Improving Environments...examine a quality early childhood environment.
10-307-209 ECE: Model Work Standards...recognize the importance of an effective workforce, build/sustain an effective workforce through the Model Work Standards, meet YoungStar indicators, and share decision making for goal setting and action planning
10-307-203 ECE: Physical Activity-Child...discuss benefits of physical activity for children, assess a child's motor skills, develop a curriculum plan incorporating physical movement and motor skill activities.
10-307-207 ECE: Rating Scales/Environment...investigate the environmental rating scale, summarize how the scale is used and identify the progression of elements in each subscale of the Environmental Rating Scale.
10-307-205 ECE: Supervision Tracking/Reporting...improve the methods in childhood center to ensure safety. Design tracking methods for classrooms, as well as entire center. Accept responsibility for reporting incidences.
For more information, please contact: The Community & Regional Learning Services Department, (920) 498-6255, or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 6255, or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.