Training word cloudDepartment-Approved Preservice Training Requirements - Certified Child Care

Effective 4/1/18 all certified family child care operators, including in-home operators, shall successfully complete department-approved preservice training within three (3) months of certification:

  • Introduction to the Child Care Profession (Module A)
  • Fundamentals of Family Child Care
  • Infant/Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Agencies approved by the department to teach the Introduction to the Child Care Profession and Fundamentals of Family Child Care courses.


CPR training must result in a certificate of completion. If the certificate of completion does not have a date specifying the length of time for which it is valid, the CPR training must be renewed every year.

New applicants meeting preservice training requirements may be granted Regular Certification. New applicants not yet meeting preservice training requirements may be granted Provisional certification, but must complete required training within three (3) months of certification.

BECR Memo 2018-01 was mailed to existing certified operators on 2/28/18 providing notice of the new training requirements.

Acceptable alternatives to completing the Introduction to the Child Care Profession and/or Fundamentals of Family Child Care courses are outlined below.

Option 1 - For-Credit Broad-Based Courses

A two or more credit broad-based university or technical college course in early childhood/child development can be completed in place of the Introduction to the Child Care Profession (Module A). Additionally, the Fundamentals of Family Child Care course and CPR training must be completed in order to meet the requirements for preservice training. A list of acceptable broad-based credit courses that meet the requirement for Introduction to the Child Care Profession is found below.

Option 2 - College Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

An AA or BA/BS degree in early childhood education meets requirements for the Introduction to Child Care Profession and Fundamentals of Family Child Care. Additionally, CPR training needs to be completed in order to meet the requirements for preservice training. If the degree is in another area of study, the applicant will need to submit a transcript to the certification agency to determine if s/he has completed any credit based training as described above in option 1.

Option 3 - College Degree in Education (not ECE)

A BA/BS degree in education meets the same requirements described in option 1. A two or more credit broad-based university or technical college course in early childhood/child development can be completed in place of the Introduction to the Child Care Profession (Module A). The individual also needs to complete Fundamentals of Family Child Care and CPR training in order to meet preservice training requirements.

Option 4 - High School Child Development Curriculum/Coursework

High school credit in child development (or child care) does not meet the preservice 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 Family Child Care and CPR training is also required.

 

Acceptable Credit-Based Alternatives to the Introduction to the Child Care Profession Course

A broad-based university or technical college credit course (2 or more credits) in 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 and CPR training are 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. 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.

Continuing Education

Regular certified child care operators must complete 10 hours of continuing education annually. At least 10 hours of continuing education annually must be in a topic broadly or specifically related to health and safety or child development and may be non-credit or credit-based education. Types of training acceptable may include workshops, conferences, seminars, lectures, correspondence courses, home study courses and independent reading/viewing of educational materials. The time spent renewing cardiopulmonary resuscitation training may be counted towards the required continuing education hours.  

Continuing Education Resources for Certified Providers

Other Training Resources