We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.

B. F. Skinner

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Margaret Mead

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.

Garrison Keillor

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.

Fred Rogers

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

B. B. King

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

Charles Swindoll

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

"Sweater" - Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.

Latin Proverb

We must become the change we want to see in the world.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The secret to mastery in any field is to forever be a student.

Martin Palmer

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

Albert Einstein

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Abraham Lincoln

Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.

William Longgood

Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.

Mignon McLaughlin

The soul is healed by being with children.

English Proverb

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

Lady Bird Johnson

Children are our most valuable resource.

Herbert Hoover

Children see magic because they look for it.

Christopher Moore

Every child needs a champion.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

Frank Lloyd Wright

A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it.

Jerry Seinfeld


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Registry Membership

Becoming a member of The Registry is easy and an important part of professional development. There is a place for all early care and education professionals on The Registry. This includes family providers, employees in group centers, staff in school-age programs, personnel in support organizations and others.

A Registry membership is required by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Regarding staff in a group center or school-age program:

DCF 251.04(5)(a)5
A certificate from The Registry documenting that the person has met the educational qualifications for the position if the person has worked as a teacher, director or administrator at the center for at least 3 months. A copy of an educator’s license issued by the department of public instruction as a teacher may substitute for a certificate from The Registry (teacher licenses issued by other states are acceptable). For persons not required to have a Registry certificate including assistant teachers and a teacher, center director or administrator who has not worked for the center for more than 3 months, documentation of the person’s educational qualifications shall be on file. Site supervisors, group leaders and assistant group leaders in a school-age only program shall obtain a certificate from The Registry within 6 months after assuming the position.

Regarding staff in a family child care program:
DCF 250.04 (5)(k)
For persons licensed or beginning work with children on or after January 1, 2009, a certificate from The Registry.

Visit the Department of Children and Families Licensing Rules

Benefits of a Registry Membership:

DOWNLOAD the benefits of Registry Membership

  1. Registry Certificate of Achievement
    The Registry Certificate lists important information including your Career Level, all regulated care positions qualified for, years of experience, and more. Registry certificates are accepted by Wisconsin state licensing specialists.
    View a sample Registry Certificate    View the Career Levels
  2. Registry Reports
    Current members can log in and access a variety of reports including the Learning Record and Training List. These reports are useful to add to any resume or use for professional development planning, including Credit for Prior Learning opportunities.
  3. Job Board Profile
    With a Job Board profile, you can receive email notification anytime a job is posted that matches the type of job you are seeking. 
  4. Documentation Organization
    Current members can log in to their Registry account and view their education, employment, and training history as submitted to The Registry. This can be used to construct a resume or fill in data gaps that might occur due to lost paperwork. 
  5. Participation in Other Programs
    Membership with The Registry allows individuals and organizations to participate in other programs such as T.E.A.C.H. and REWARD.
  6. Receive The Registry Connection
    Receive a digital copy of The Registry’s newsletter and stay up to date with important information of what’s going at The Registry and in the field.
  7. Registry Webinars
    The Registry offers FREE online training opportunities to all current members throughout the year. These training opportunities will relate to utilizing your Registry membership and will count as tiered training.
  8. Exchange Magazine Discount:
    Current members receive a 50% off discount to a yearly subscription of Exchange Magazine. To access the coupon code, log in to your Registry account.
  9. Lakeshore Discount:
    Current members receive a 5% discount on all merchandise as well as free freight on all orders. To access the coupon code, log in to your Registry account.
  10. Robertson Ryan & Associates Insurance Discount:
    Current members can receive a 5% discount on commercial insurance and up to 8% off on personal insurance. For more information, please call Dave Zauner at 414-270-6824.

Application Types





The member creates an online account.

Registry staff create an account on the Member's behalf.


The member completes online application in its entirety.

The member sends in a completed paper application. Registry staff complete the online application on the member's behalf.


The member sends in supporting documents.

The member sends in supporting documents.


Pay fees:

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  • PayPal

Pay fees:

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  • Money Order
  • PayPal

Application Fees





Early Renewal






Expired Renewal



Trainer Endorsement

$15 (one-time)

Not available

Consultant Endorsement

$15 (one-time)

Not available


Apply online.

Download paper application.


No refunds after submission.  Fees are subject to change.