Group Child Care Essentials

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Group Child Care Essentials

Pathway Certificate

6 Credits | Less than 1 Year

New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior, Online

Career Cluster: Education and Training

 

This program will be modified for the 2023-2024 academic year pending WTCS and Advisory approval. Please contact an Admissions Advisor if interested or have questions.

In this rewarding career, you will make a difference in the lives of families every day. Group child care centers seek workers who are patient, enthusiastic and creative. If this sounds like you, early childhood education could be the career for you. The Group Child Care Essentials certificate can serve as a launching point for your career in early childhood education.

Program Overview

As a student in the Group Child Care Essentials certificate, you will gain a better understanding of the knowledge and skills required of a child care teacher. This pathway certificate was developed with two courses from the Wisconsin Technical College System statewide curriculum for the associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Completers of this certificate will meet the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families licensing guidelines for teachers in group child care centers and will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 7.

Program Outcomes

The Group Child Care Essentials pathway certificate will prepare you to: 

  • Assess the development of preschool children
  • Provide a healthy, safe, and nutritionally sound preschool environment
  • Integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives
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The Group Child Care Essentials Pathway Certificate is available online and is ideal for individuals who want to work in a licensed group child care center. Pathway certificates allow you to seamlessly continue your education to earn a technical diploma, associate degree, and beyond.

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Flexible delivery.

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Career Pathway program. 


Academics

As a graduate, you will become responsible for the care and education of children in a licensed group child care setting. You will learn to create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents. Completers of this certificate will meet the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families licensing guidelines for teachers in group child care centers and will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 7.

Experienced Instructors, Small Class Sizes

You’ll learn from knowledgeable and passionate instructors who care about your success and will ensure that you get the most out of your education. Small class sizes allow you to connect and interact with your instructors and classmates in fun and meaningful ways.

YoungStar Recognized

YoungStar is designed to help Wisconsin’s child care providers succeed. The simple five star rating system gives providers like you an objective measure of program quality. It rewards excellence and offers programs a clear path to improvement.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings seeking approved credit-based education, such as the Group Child Care Essentials Pathway Certificate.


Curriculum

Coursework is designed to meet the qualifications and training requirements for teachers in state-licensed group child care centers. The curriculum consists of 6 credits representing 2 courses selected from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide curriculum associate degree. Graduates of this certificate will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 7.

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Featured Group Child Care Essentials Courses

10307167
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course examines the topics of health, safety, and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives, examine governmental regulations and professional standards as they apply to health, safety, and nutrition; plan a healthy early childhood environment, plan nutritionally sound menus, examine child abuse and neglect issues and mandates; describe Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction strategies, describe strategies to prevent the occurrence of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) formerly known as Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), incorporate health, safety, and nutrition concepts into the children’s curriculum.
10307179
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UGRD
| 3 CR
The 3-credit course examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; analyze social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children ages three through five; analyze development of children ages five through eight; relate child development research findings to teaching practice; analyze the role of heredity and the environment; examine the role of brain development in early learning (ages 3-8); examine developmental and environmental assessment strategies for children ages 3-8.

Group Child Care Essentials is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Group Child Care Essentials student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Pathway Certificate
6 Credits / 1 Semester Part Time
Potential Careers
Child Care Teacher, Assistant Child Care Teacher
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Continue your education.

Continue your education to obtain a technical diploma.

Technical Diploma
27 Credits / 1 Year / 2 Semesters Full Time; Part Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Child Care Teacher, Child Care Assistant Teacher, Family Child Care Provider, Infant or Toddler Caregiver, Au Pair/Nanny, Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant, Public School Teacher Aide/Assistant
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Continue your education to obtain your associate degree. 

Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years
Potential Careers
Child Care Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Family Child Care Provider, Infant or Toddler Caregiver, Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant, Program Director / Administrator, Public School Teacher Aide / Assistant, Head Start Assistant, Au Pair/Nanny
Range of Yearly Salary
$14,400 - $51,600 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor degree. 

Early Childhood Education & E-CHiLD Transfer Options

UW-Green Bay|UW-Oshkosh|UW-Milwaukee|UW-River Falls|UW-Stevens Point|UW-Stout|UW-Superior|UW-Whitewater|Bellevue University|Concordia University Wisconsin|Franklin University|Lakeland University|Milwaukee School of Engineering|Northland College|Viterbo

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get you started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2022-23*

Group Child Care Essentials

6 Credits | Less than 1 Year

$928


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Group Child Care Essentials Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Group Child Care Essentials Pathway Certificate.


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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Partnership

TEACH Early Childhood Wisconsin, a program of Wisconsin Early Childhood Association logo

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings. Since its inception in 1999, T.E.A.CH. has provided more than 14,000 scholarships to over 8,000 early childhood teachers.

Learn more about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN here.

2908 Marketplace Drive, Suite 101, Fitchburg, WI, 53719

Call 800.783.9322

Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

Northwood Tech’s Group Child Care Essentials is designed to prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. However, Northwood Tech has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the Northwood Tech program meets licensure or certification requirements.

To learn more, visit: 

The Registry

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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Admissions Advisor

715.319.7331

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