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This section of the Wisconsin Career Guide highlights professional roles directly supporting the growth and development of young children. Types of positions involving direct work with children include Teacher, Assistant Teacher and Administrator. This section also highlights professional roles supporting the growth and development of children through work with families. Types of positions involving direct work with families include Home Visitor, Service Coordinator, Family Support Staff and Coordinators of Family Engagement.

Child Care

DCF Early Care and Education (webpage)- The Department of Children and Families (DCF) aims to provide access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education experiences, to enhance our children's development and to support their families in work and parenting roles.

Quality Child Care Initiatives (webpage)- YoungStar and other Quality Improvement efforts.

Regulated child care and YoungStar public search (webpage) search engine for regulated child care programs including information on YoungStar ratings.

Head Start

Head Start in Wisconsin (webpage) - WI is home to Head Start, Early Head Start, American Indian and Migrant programs serving children & families birth-5.

DPI: Head Start in Wisconsin (webpage) - Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. In Wisconsin, non-profit organizations, schools, community action commissions or other local grantees operate the Head Start program.

Head Start and Family Engagement (webpage) - Head Start programs operate under the strong belief that parents are their child’s first, best, and most influential teachers.

4yr Old Kindergarten
(webpage) - 4K programs in WI are located in school district buildings and community partner sites, including child care & Head Start.

Special Education (webpage) - Each school district in WI is responsible for providing services for children with identified disabilities, ages 3- 21. Early Childhood Special Education focuses on 3 & 4 year old children.

Birth to 3 Program (webpage) - The Birth to 3 Program is a federally-mandated program (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA) to support families of children with delays or disabilities under the age of 3.

School Age Care

Wisconsin Afterschool Association (webpage) - The most common location for afterschool programs is in schools, however programs may be offered in child care centers, community centers, churches and family child care homes.

Wisconsin Afterschool Network (website) - The Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN) provides technical assistance and support to schools and community partners.

Home Visiting Programs

Home Visitation - The goal of these Home Visitation programs is to promote parent and child interaction, healthy child development, positive parenting skills, and decrease child abuse and neglect amongst low-income families.

WI Family Foundations Comprehensive Home Visiting Program (webpage) - The cornerstone of a healthy society is to assure that all families have access to the supportive services they want and need.

Family Resource Centers and Networks

Family Resource Centers in WI

Finding Child Care in WI (webpage) Wisconsin’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) are here to support you in your search for child care.

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Updated 12/12/2016