E-Connect - Child Care Services

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E-Connect - Child Care Services

Technical Diploma

27 Credits | 1 Years

Career Pathways | Financial Aid-Eligible

Online 

Career Cluster: Education & Training

Early childhood educators work with young children during the pivotal years that build the foundation for future success. They use play, science, art, language, math, and music to help young children of all abilities and backgrounds develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. If you have a passion for education and creativity, and you enjoy working with young children, consider a fun and rewarding career in early childhood education.

Program Overview

E-Connect-Child care Services is an innovative Early Childhood Education one-year technical diploma that incorporates the first year of the Early Childhood Education associate degree with Wisconsin Professional Preschool Credential coursework. Choose from online or face-to-face courses, or mix and match. This coursework, combined with community-based student teaching, prepares you to work as a teacher or caregiver in an early childhood setting. As a student, you’ll take a variety of courses related to early childhood development, curriculum, behavior guidance, and working with families to prepare you for success in this high-demand field.

Program Outcomes

E-Connect - Child Care Services graduates will be able to:

  • Relate knowledge of child development to practice
  • Create relationships with children, family and the community
  • Apply observation, documentation and assessment strategies
  • Implement developmentally appropriate teaching and learning activities
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Follow health, safety and nutrition practices

This program meets “Year One” technical studies coursework required to obtain the Early Childhood Education associate degree and allows for seamless opportunities for degree completion. It also meets the requirements for the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers when combined with the ECE: Preschool Credential capstone course and commission process. 

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Academics

As a graduate, you will become responsible for the care and education of children from birth to school-age. 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. Graduates of this program will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Ladder-Career Level 11. 

Students of this program will be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood WISCONSIN scholarship. 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 Early Childhood Education associate degree. 

Online & Face-to-Face Courses

Program courses are designed to accommodate a variety of life schedules and individual learning styles and are available online and face-to-face at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campus locations. Feel free to mix and match!  

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, whether virtually or in person.

YoungStar Recognized

All required program coursework is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide curriculum, which aligns with Wisconsin’s YoungStar requirements and allows for numerous seamless transfer opportunities between area technical colleges and baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities.


Curriculum

Coursework focuses on developmentally appropriate practice and brain-based learning and promotes play, science, art, language, math and music to help young children of all abilities and backgrounds develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. You will learn how to create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents. 

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Featured E-Connect - Child Care Services Courses

10307151
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UGRD
| 3 CR
In this 3-credit course you will study infant and toddler development as it applies to an early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; analyze development of infants and toddlers (conception to three years); correlate prenatal conditions with development; summarize child development theories; analyze the role of heredity and the environment; examine culturally and developmentally appropriate environments for infants and toddlers, examine the role of brain development in early learning (conception through age three); examine caregiving routines as curriculum.
10307178
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific content areas of art, music, and language arts. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment for art, music, and language arts; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning; analyze caregiving routines as curriculum; create developmentally appropriate language, literature, and literacy activities; create developmentally appropriate art activities; create developmentally appropriate music and movement activities.
10307174
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UGRD
| 3 CR
In this 3-credit practicum course you will learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual child care setting. The course competencies include: document children's behavior; explore the standards for quality early childhood education; explore strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; implement activities developed by the co-op teacher/instructor; demonstrate professional behaviors; practice caregiving routines as curriculum; practice positive interpersonal skills with children and adults; analyze the guiding principles and the five developmental domains related to the WI Early Learning Standards; integrate the WI Early Learning Standards into the program's teaching cycle (ongoing assessment, planning and curriculum goals, and implementation); evaluate learning and assessment activities using the early learning standards for each individual child. Students must complete or have on file a Staff Health Report – Child Care Provider form (physical form) and current, valid Background Information Disclosure (BID) and Caregiver Background Check (annual Wisconsin and/or Minnesota as applicable) forms, as part of this course.

E-Connect - Child Care Services is Part of a Career Pathway

As an E-Connect - Child Care Services student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

You could take this first and get a credential.

Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers

Technical Certificate
18 Credits / 3 Semesters Part Time
Potential Careers
Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes, Preschool or Nursery Schools, Head Start Programs, PreKindergarten, Early Intervention Programs
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E-Connect-Child Care Services

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, In-home Nanny, Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant, Program Director / Administrator, Public School Teacher Aide / Assistant, Head Start Teacher
Average Starting Wage
$21,102-$32,500 annually
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You can continue your education to obtain an associate degree. 

E-CHiLD-Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree
69 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Child Care Teacher, Child Care Assistant Teacher, Family Child Care Provider, Infant or Toddler Caregiver, In-home Nanny, Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant, Program Director / Administrator, Public School Teacher Aide / Assistant, Head Start Teacher
Average Starting Wage
$17,289-$34,317 annually
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Early Childhood Education & E-CHiLD Bachelor's Degree

Ashford University | Cardinal Stritch University | Lakeland University | Northland College | UW-Barron County | UW-Green Bay | UW-La Crosse | UW-Oshkosh | UW-Milwaukee | UW-River Falls | UW-Stevens Point | UW-Stout | UW-Superior | UW-Whitewater
Potential Careers
Licensed Pre-K Teacher (4K), Kindergarten Teacher, Elementary School Teacher
Average Starting Wage
$39,354–$41,780 annually

Admissions and Tuition

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

E-Connect - Child Care Services

27 Credits | 1 Years

$3,860

$3,860 In Tuition and Fees


*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 WITC E-Connect - Child Care Services Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin) technical certificate and a E-Connect - Child Care Services technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

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

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