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Grant-Funded Infant and Toddler Credential Training at Mequon Campus Available for Child Care Workers in Ozaukee County and Germantown

Sept. 10, 2015

Grant-funded infant and toddler credential training will be offered for child care workers from centers located in Ozaukee County and Germantown beginning in September. Training will be held weeknights and Saturdays at the Milwaukee Area Technical College's Mequon Campus, 5555 W. Highland Rd.

MATC instructors will provide incumbent child care workers with up to 12 credits of accelerated face-to-face training, funded as part of a grant of more than $491,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

The grant is designed to enhance worker training in centers with YoungStar ratings of two or three, to help them improve their services by providing a better prepared workforce. Child care centers in Wisconsin receive YoungStar ratings ranging from one to five stars, with five being the highest rating. The training level of the child care workers is one component of the YoungStar ratings. The Department of Children and Families has identified more than 40 child care centers serving 2,500 children in Ozaukee County and Germantown whose workers would benefit from the training.

Workers from two- and three-star rated child care centers in Ozaukee County and Germantown will be accepted for this program. The program is being offered with the cooperation of the chambers of commerce in Cedarburg, Germantown, Grafton, Mequon-Thiensville, Port Washington and Saukville, as well as the Ozaukee County Department of Human Services.

The training includes four three-credit courses, including "Infant and Toddler Development," "Group Programming for Infants and Toddlers," "Family and Community Relationships" and "Infant and Toddler Capstone." Individuals who complete all 12 credits can apply for credential review by The Registry, Wisconsin's recognition system for the early childhood care and education profession.

The intent is that individuals in the program will use the training as a pathway to continue on to earn a child care services technical diploma and an early childhood education associate degree, according to David Espinoza, MATC bilingual instructor in early childhood education.

For more information, contact Jennifer Mikulay at (414) 456-5325.