This credential is designed for family child care providers, or individuals seeking to become family child care providers, looking to increase their knowledge and skills in this unique occupation.
A family child care is a small business based out of a professional caregiver’s home that provides high quality care for a mixed-age group of children in a family-like setting. Through the four courses of this credential, students will examine the unique aspects of family child care with strong emphasis on the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Quality Standards and the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards.
Registry Credentials are offered by accredited higher education institutions located throughout Wisconsin. Call your local technical college or university for more information. The following is a list of colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin that offer this Credential:
Each course is three credits. The courses with a brief description of each are as follows:
Find Family Child Care Credential courses on The Registry Statewide Training Calendar.
Course One: Introduction to Family Child Care
This introductory course is designed for family child care providers, or individuals seeking to become family child care providers. In this course, providers will fulfill the requirements for both Department of Children and Families entry level courses Fundamentals of Family Child Care and Introduction to the Child Care Profession. Through this course, providers will be introduced to important topics such as quality standards in family child care, health and wellness, child development, curriculum planning, guiding children's behavior, program wellness, and provider health and wellness. This course must be taken first in the Family Child Care Credential series and is aligned with the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and the National Association for Family Child Care Quality Standards.
Course Two: Family Child Care: Responsive Programming
This second course focuses on creating responsive family child care programming with an emphasis on building relationships and curriculum. Through this course, providers will be introduced to important topics such as quality standards for relationships, intentional relationships, diversity and anti-bias perspectives, family partnerships, mixed age curriculum, learning environment indoor, and learning environment outdoor. This course is aligned with the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and the National Association for Family Child Care Quality Standards.
Course Three: Family Child Care: Financial Management and Planning
This third course focuses on managing finances of a family child care with an emphasis on principles and practices for budget planning, budget preparation, and fiscal management. Through this course, providers will be introduced to important topics such as quality standards for financial management and planning, business management, financial planning, record keeping, business budgets, marketing and financial management tools and systems. This course is aligned with the National Association for Family Child Care Quality Standards.
Course Four: Family Child Care Capstone
This capstone experience reflects the learner’s knowledge of family child care through the development of a major project. The project will demonstrate competency in the specific concepts and skills of family child care including mixed-age curriculum, quality standards, professional development, community resources, health and wellness practices, family partnerships, and financial management. Prerequisites: Courses 1 through 3 of the Family Child Care Credential course sequence.