Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities




MECA Provider Training


The Department of Children and Families, along with MECA, offers continuing education class sessions that encourage growth and development. The class sessions are available to any child care provider in Milwaukee County or the surrounding area. Sessions are available in the daytime, as well as some evening and weekend times. MECA’s mission is to promote excellence in early childhood care and education. All of the class sessions we offer are listed below.

Click on a training for course description, dates offered and registration information.

Registry Credits available for all trainings.


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Trainings are currently being revised. Please check back in August 2017.


What MECA Wants You to Know

Accelerated Inclusion Credential Classes

Accelerated Inclusion Credential classes are available on Saturdays in Milwaukee. 

  • 9/23/17 - 10/21/17 - ECE: Behavior and Emotional Challenges class
  • 1/13/18 – 2/17/18 - ECE: Children With Differing Abilities 

For more detailed information, contact Ann Farah at 414-615-6347 with the Special Needs Support Program. For TEACH scholarship information, call 1-800-783-9322.

Special Needs Support Training Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

This PDF lists all of the sessions, costs, and descriptions for the Special Needs Support Training classes being offered.

Milwaukee Area Technical College is offering Inclusion Credential Courses in 2018.

Literacy Workshop: Using Books to Encourage Positive Behavior

Young children’s behavior can both entertain and challenge us! During this session you will explore books and activities that can be used to help redirect children’s behavior and address topics such as anger, sharing, and friendship. Often, discussing these topics starting with books is the first step to dealing with challenging behaviors, and guiding children toward the behaviors we want!

Continuing Education: 2 hrs.
Washington Park Branch  2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
Contact Michelle Balistreri at 414-615-6347 to register.
Registration required; walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Date Time Fee
Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m. FREE


To sign up for a class online please fill out the online MECA Training Registration Form. This applies to classes under the "What MECA wants you to know..." category only. All other classes require paper form registration.

Classes Needed to Become a Child Care Provider

  • Fundamentals of Family Child Care (12 hours)
  • Fundamentals of Family Child Care (12 hours) - Spanish
  • Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care (18 hours)
  • Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care (18 hours) - Spanish
  • Introduction to the Child Care Profession (45 hours)