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This section of the Wisconsin Career Guide highlights professional roles supporting the professional development of early childhood educators working directly with children and families through training, technical assistance and systems development. Types of positions supporting the professional growth and development of individuals working directly with children and families include trainer, technical assistance provider, administrative support/data entry and leadership.

Degrees & Licensure

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners provides professional development license renewal information for the WI Department of Public Instruction.

Online AA and BA College Directory - Access information to degree program options available in the state of Wisconsin to individuals seeking higher education in the field of early care and education.

DPI: Educator Preparation Program Providers - Information for colleges, universities, and alternative route certification programs who provide educator preparation programs leading to licensure.

DPI: Educator Licensing - Wisconsin law requires that all professional school staff be properly licensed for their assignments to teach in the public schools.

DPI: License Renewal Support Center - provide assistance to educators who are not employed by public school districts, or hold a Wisconsin Initial Educator license and live out-of-state.

DPI: Pathways to Licensure - Wisconsin offers multiple pathways to meet the requirements to become a Wisconsin licensed teacher, pupil services professional, or administrator.

DPI: Wisconsin Quality Educator Initiative - PI 34 administrative rules for Education Program Approval and Licensing restructured teacher education, educator licenses, and professional development for Wisconsin educators.

DPI: Highly Qualified Staff - Licensure requirements for Paraprofessionals.

DPI: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate - The NBPTS certificate measures a teacher's practice against high and rigorous standards.

Wisconsin State Registry Credentials - The Registry develops professional credentials to meet the unique needs of the childhood care and education practitioners.

Continuing Education

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) - Community-based Child Care Resource & Referral agencies work within 8 regions serving all 72 counties and 11 tribes.

The Registry - supports professionals working within early care and education through The Registry Certificate which tracks individual’s education, experience and ongoing professional development, Credentials and the Professional Development Approval System.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) - Quality early care and education is fundamental to creating a better world. WECA works to advance positive change for children by focusing on the professionals who provide child care for Wisconsin's children.

Wisconsin Pyramid Model - A developmentally appropriate, evidence-based framework designed to promote social and emotional competence in young children ages birth to 5.

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Training (WMELS) - Participants learn how to apply the WMELS Performance Standards to determine what children should know and be able to do, plan learning experiences, provide supportive environments and collect data.

CESA Early Childhood Program Support- Each CESA has someone who is an expert in areas related to early childhood education.

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support (WI FACETS) - is a statewide non-profit organization, helping families understand the special education laws and systems.

Wisconsin State Wide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI) - supports parents and school districts find or create the resources that will help them build positive working relationships that lead to shared decision making and children's learning.

Wisconsin Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Center
- provides direct support and technical assistance to the Head Start & Early Head Start grantees in the state to improve their capacity to deliver high quality services and improve outcomes for Head Start children.

Quality Child Care Initiatives - Includes links to numerous child care resources and training and technical assistance opportunites.

DPI: Office of Early Learning (OEL) - is DPI’s support for a Statewide early childhood system to increase collaboration and coordination of the early learning community at local, regional and statewide community levels.

Wisconsin Personnel Development Project / Birth to 3
- the Department of Health Services contracts with two statewide projects to offer a variety of training and technical assistance resources to county Birth to 3 Programs.

UW Extension Training Opportunities – UW Extension offers ongoing professional development opportunities for home visiting professionals.

Care Courses - is an international distance learning school offering convenient, affordable and informative book and electronic courses for early childhood professionals, child care providers, and parents.

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