Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

 

 

Training word cloudEntry-Level Training Requirements

(Family Child Care/In-Home Care)

 

A certified operator cannot be granted Regular certified status without documentation of completion of department approved entry level training. There are multiple options for meeting the entry level training requirements:

  1. Non-Credit Department-Approved Courses: Introduction to Child Care Profession (Module A) and Fundamentals of Family Child Care. Both Courses must be completed.

    Approved agencies offering non-credit entry level courses

  2. For-Credit Broad-Based Courses: A two or more credit broad-based university or technical college course in early childhood/child development (in place of the Introduction to the Child Care Profession) and the Fundamentals of Family Child Care Course meets the entry-level training requirements for Regular  certification. A list of acceptable broad-based credit courses that meet the requirement for Introduction to the Child Care Profession are found below.

  3. College degree in early childhood (ECE): If the applicant has an AA or BA/BS degree in early childhood education they have met the requirements for department-approved entry-level training. If the applicant has a degree in another area, the applicant should submit a transcript to the certification agency if s/he has completed any credit based training as described above in option 2.

  4. College degree in education (not ECE): If the applicant has a BA/BS degree in education, they have met the requirements described in option 2. The individual also needs to complete Fundamentals of Family Child Care in order to meet entry-level training requirements for Regular certification.

  5. High School Child Development Curriculum/Coursework: High school credit in child development (or child care) does not meet the entry-level training requirements unless the individual has completed the Assistant Child Care Teacher Certification (ACCT) course through a high school.  In these cases the individual would have been issued a DPI completion certificate. The ACCT course is equivalent to the Introduction to the Child Care Profession. In addition to the ACCT course, completion of Fundamentals of FCC is also required.

 

Acceptable Alternatives to the Introduction to the Child Care Profession Course

A broad-based university or technical college credit course (2 or more credits) on an area that applies to early childhood/child development may meet the requirements for the Introduction to the Child Care Profession; however, the Fundamentals of Family Child Care Course is still required. Examples of broad-based courses that meet the Introduction to Child Care Profession requirement include, but are not limited to, Child Development, Child Psychology, etc. See links below for more detail regarding acceptable broad-based credit courses:

Entry Level Training Alternatives for Early Childhood Professionals
Entry Level Training Alternatives for School Age Professionals

 

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Reduction (SIDS) Training Requirements

Anyone who cares for children less than 12 months of age in a certified child care program must be trained on SIDS risk reduction methods. This requirement pertains to the certified operator and any other providers, including substitutes, volunteers, helpers, employees and emergency back-up providers. SIDS training was incorporated into the department-approved entry level training, Introduction to the Child Care Profession, offered by department-approved agencies effective September 2001. If an operator / provider completed this course after September 2001, s/he has met the SIDS training requirement. If not, the following SIDS training options are available for certified operators in various Wisconsin counties and tribes.

Additional SIDS Resources:

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention (SBS) Training Requirements

Anyone who cares for children less than 5 years of age in a certified child care program must be trained on SBS Prevention. This requirement pertains to the certified operator and any other providers, including substitutes, volunteers, helpers, employees and emergency back-up providers. Only department approved SBS trainers may offer the SBS training. he SBS training must be SBS training was incorporated into the department-approved entry level training Introduction to the Child Care Profession, offered by department-approved agencies effective July 1, 2005. If an individual completed this training (online, correspondence or in person format) after July 1, 2005, s/he has met the SBS training requirement.

Other Training Resources