Annual Continuing Education Requirements

Family Child Care:
Regularly Certified Family Child Care Providers: 5 Hours
State Licensed Family Child Care Providers: 15 Hours

Group Child Care Centers:
Cook: 4 Hours in kitchen sanitation, food handling and nutrition

Full Time Center Administrator, Director, or Teachers: 25 Hours

Part Time/works 20 or fewer hours/week Center Administrator, Director, or Teachers: 15 Hours

Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of training will count?

  • Formal courses resulting in credits or continuing education units

  • Workshops, conferences, seminars, lectures, correspondence courses and home study courses

  • Documented observation time in other early childhood programs (Approved for State Licensing, not approved for Dane county or Columbia county certification. Please check with your certifier.)

 

From DCF 202.08 (1)(b)2. b. A county or tribal agency may require up to 5 hours of annual continuing education by a Level I (regular) certified provider each year following Level I (regular) certification.

Family Child Care:

DCF 250.05(1)(b)4. and 5.
A provider shall receive and document having received 15 hours of continuing education each year in child growth and development, early childhood education, caring for children with disabilities, or first aid as approved by the department. This training may include attendance at training events, workshops, conferences, consultation with community resource people or observation of child care programs. Up to 5 hours of independent reading or watching educational materials may be used to meet continuing education requirements.

A provider shall obtain within 6 months of licensure or date of hire and maintain a current certificate of completion for a department-approved course in infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation including training in the use of an automated external defibrillator. The time spent obtaining or renewing cardiopulmonary resuscitation training may be counted towards the required continuing education hours.

DCF 250.04(8)(b)
The licensee shall document that each provider and substitute has received training at least every 2 years in all of the following:
1. Child abuse and neglect laws.
2. How to identify children who have been abused or neglected.
3. The procedure for ensuring that all known or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect are immediately reported to the proper authorities.

Group Child Care

251.05(2)(c) 8.and 9.
Continuing education experiences may be in the areas of early childhood education, child development, child guidance, health, caring for children with special needs, first aid, nutrition as it pertains to child development, supervision of staff or the business or administrative aspects of the operation of a child care center or in communication skills.

Independent reading and watching of educational materials may be counted for up to 5 hours of continuing education per year for each person required under par. (c)1. to have 25 hours of continuing education, and up to 2.5 hours of continuing education per year for each person required under par. (c)2. to have 15 hours of continuing education.

251.04(8)(b)
The licensee, shall ensure that every employee and volunteer who comes in contact with the children at the child care center has received training every 2 years in all of the following:
1. Child abuse and neglect law.
2. How to identify children who have been abused or neglected.
3. The procedure for ensuring that known or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect are immediately reported to the proper authorities.

DCF 251.05(1)(c)
All employees in regular contact with children shall obtain and maintain a current certificate of completion for infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use from an agency approved by the department within 6 months after beginning to work with children. Volunteers included in determining staff-to child ratios shall obtain a certificate of completion in infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation after volunteering for 240 hours. The time spent obtaining or renewing cardiopulmonary resuscitation training may be counted towards the required continuing education hours.

Where can I find training in my area?

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