Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Report Child Care Fraud

If you suspect Child Care Fraud, be a part of the solution. You may remain anonymous. Please fill out the Child Care Fraud Form, or email dcfmbchildcarefraud @wisconsin.gov.

Report a Child Care Concern or Complaint

If you have a concern about something going on in a child care facility or you suspect child abuse, neglect or exploitation at a child care facility, please use the drop-down menu on the Tell Us How We Are Doing page to fill out the appropriate complaint form.

Department of Children and Families’ public benefit programs will continue during the partial federal government shutdown. Read the full announcement here.

Professional Development Opportunities: Education, Training, and Technical Assistance

Wisconsin offers a multitude of professional development opportunities to early care and education professionals through many different avenues. Trainings and professional development courses, workshops, and conferences are held throughout the year by our many Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies and partnering agencies. Credit-based instruction and credentials in the field of early childhood are also offered by Wisconsin's public universities, private colleges, and technical colleges.

If you have concerns or questions about a child's development (physical, social-emotional, or cognitive) contact: Wisconsin First Step Information and Referral Hotline at 1-800-642-STEP (7837) or Child Find.

To find more information about screening and early identification, please visit our Collaborating Partners - Screening/Early Identification: Family Resource.



The Registry - Statewide Training Calendar

Find trainings by subject and location, and locate approved trainers.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) - Child Care Training in Wisconsin

Search by region and topic, and get information about customized trainings.

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) - YoungStar Training Calendar

Find professional development opportunities listed by location and training name, as well as where and how to register.

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Trainings

Learn how to build a foundation for high quality care and education for all children from birth to the beginning of first grade.

Wisconsin Pyramid Model for Social and Emotional Competence - Trainings

Learn how to lay the foundation for healthy social and emotional development.

Milwaukee Early Care Administration - Special Needs Support Program (SNSP) Trainings

Help families of children with special needs by enhancing your knowledge and skills in inclusive child care.

Child Care and Disability Agencies and Organizations

Your Local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R)

Assists families in locating child care to meet their needs. Serves as a resource to potential and existing regulated child care programs.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP)

Includes the Departments of Children and Families (DCF), Public Instruction (DPI) and Health Services (DHS), as well as related early childhood organizations and agencies.

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) - Regional Centers

Collaborates with national, state, and community-based partners to link children to appropriate services, close service gaps, reduce duplication of efforts, and develop policies to better serve families.

Online Trainings


A collection of videos, handouts, and activities that help providers to learn to solve dilemmas in early childhood settings. Available in English and Spanish.

Foundations of Inclusion Birth to Five

A short video and handouts that provide an overview of inclusion legal and policy foundations and inclusion research, as well as a definition, the desired results and defining features of inclusion in early childhood.

Journey Toward Inclusion Module

A one-hour inclusion module from the Virginia Early Intervention eLearning Center.

Incorporating Evidence-Based Practices

Free, web-based modules and resources for early childhood instructors and learners from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

DEC Learning Decks

Professional development webinars for early childhood professionals who support young children with special needs. Each webinar is $25 and hosted on GotoWebinar.



Institutes of Higher Education

Wisconsin Universities & Colleges

Explore this interactive map from the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) to discover early childhood continuing education and degree opportunities across Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Technical College System - Early Childhood Education Program

Discover your options for coursework or a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Wisconsin Technical College System - Education and Training Career Cluster

Learn about programs in inclusion for instructional assistants, sign language, dual language learning, and more.

University of Wisconsin System - General Information

Get information about admissions policies, transfer opportunities, flexible degree options, diversity, and student health and well-being.

University of Wisconsin System - Information on Majors

Find information on majors (such as Early Childhood Education, Early-Mid Childhood Elementary Education, and Special/Exceptional Education) and other acedemic opportunities offered throughout the UW System.

Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities - General Information

Explore Wisconsin's private colleges.


The Registry Inclusion Credential

For preschool teachers, assistant teachers, program directors and administrators who wish to provide a more inclusive environment for children with special needs.

Early Childhood Inclusion Credential - UW-Platteville

Read about current inclusion class offerings.

Early Childhood Program Development Credential - UW-Milwaukee

The Program Development Credential focuses on the implementation of quality early childhood programming by getting students actively involved in examining the learning environmnet, assessing and evaluating progress, coaching staff, building collaborative relationships and partnerships with families, and creating standards of excellence.

Early Childhood Leadership: Courses, Credential, & Certificate - UW-Milwaukee

The Leadership Credential provides the building blocks for successful leadership and grows leadership capacity by focusing on skill development, dispositions, new directions, and visionary change.

Early Childhood Inclusion Credential - Moraine Park Technical College

Learn more about the Early Childhood Inclusion Credential Certificate offered at Morain Park.

Early Childhood: The Inclusion Certificate - Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

The Inclusion Certificate is designed to help you build the skills, knowledge, resources and attitudes to successfully work with ALL children in your programs.

Inclusion Credential - Gateway Technical College

Learn more about the 12-credit Inclusion Credential certificate offered.


Technical Assistance

Counseling, Opportunities, and Competencies

Wisconsin Core Competencies for Professionals Working with Young Children & Their Families

Download the book to learn more about the Wisconsin Core Competencies. Also available in Spanish.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners - Professional Guidance: Career Guide

The intent of the Wisconsin Career Guide is to support individuals in identifying career paths within the field of early care and education.

WECA: Professional Development Counseling

The Wisconsin Early Childhood Association offers free professional development counseling to help child care providers and programs explore options connected to their goals and interests.

The Registry - Trainer and Consultant Directory

Locate approved consultants and technical assistance professionals.

Resources to Support Evidence-Based and Recommended Practices

Evidence-Based Practices to Support Inclusion

Presentation by Pam Winton and Dale Epstein, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, at the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, September 2011.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA): Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusion

Collection of papers and presentations about inclusion.

Research Synthesis Points on Quality Inclusive Practices

A white paper from the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion.