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Child Care Services (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences / Education & Training Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee, West Allis campuses
Program Code: 31-307-1

For Information: 414-297-6584
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
West Allis Campus, 414-456-5500

Overview — This program provides a framework that will focus on child development, nutrition, creative activities, guidance techniques and includes practical experience with young children in a child care facility.

You may enroll full time or part time; the program is designed for students entering the workforce after earning this diploma and for students continuing their education. Courses are offered in a variety of formats including traditional, online, blended and accelerated.

Bilingual Course Options — All courses are offered in English; a bilingual (Spanish) mode is offered at the West Allis Campus.

Career Pathway — You can earn the Preschool certificate on your way to completing this program. After earning the Child Care Services technical diploma, the credits can be applied toward completing the Early Childhood Education associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Trends indicate a steady growth in this field. Graduates of this program are prepared for positions as early childhood teachers or assistant teachers in child care centers, as well as serve as family child care providers.

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Work cooperatively with other staff members, parents and members of community resource organizations
  • Plan daily/weekly schedules of developmentally appropriate activities
  • Understand and apply knowledge of child development and how children learn
  • Have knowledge of and promote health and safety in children's programs
  • Understand and utilize appropriate techniques for guiding child behavior
  • Prepare written plans, progress records, parent communications and reports


Admission Requirements  — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment
  • Successful completion of admission test
  • Documentation of compliance with Wisconsin's Caregiver law
  • Good health as evidenced by a medical examination
  • Proper immunizations


Possible Careers
Child Care Services
Child Care Assistant
Child Care Teacher

Related Programs
Early Childhood Education
Associate in Arts: Educational Foundations Track


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.








ECE: Infant and Toddler Development






ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition ^





ECE: Child Development ^






ECE: Guiding Child Behavior ^






ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education ^






ECE: Art, Music and Language Arts ^






ECE: Practicum 1 ^






ECE: Family and Community Relations




(2)  ENG-151 Communication Skills 1 ‡ 3  
    (or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡  


‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the Preschool certificate.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated March 2017.