Assistant Child Care Teacher Certification Program
The DPI-approved Assistant Child Care Teacher Certification program is considered an advanced-level vocational career and technical education industry credential course. The students who take this course are encouraged to take other courses in the programs of study in the Human Services or Education and Training career clusters. Courses in the learning plan could include child development or parenting. The teacher who teaches this course must have a #1210 Family and Consumer Sciences teacher license and a #1211 supplemental vocational child care services license. The #1216-HERO Co-op license requires 2,000 hours of family-and-consumer-sciences-related industry-based work experience, with at least 1,000 hours are required in the child care services licensed regulated child care facilities where students eventually will enter the workforce.
Assistant Child Care Teacher Course Outline
The required course outline, as listed here, is based on an analysis of research results. The competencies and performance tasks and checklist are located in the appendices. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) administrative rules and information are an important part of the basis of the course outline. Most Wisconsin schools have 50- to 55-minute class periods; therefore, the course outline is based on 90 hours. The course outline is divided into the following 12 units:
- Introduction to Child Care Services (4 hours)
- The Center Environment (4 hours)
- The Children (9 hours)
- Interacting with Children (4 hours)
- Classroom Activities (10 hours)
- Classroom Safety (3 hours)
- Health and Safety (7 hours)
- Meals and Snacks (2-3 hours)
- Center Relationships (4 hours)
- Working with Children (3 hours in class and 7 hours outside of class)
- Professional Development (4 hours)
- Infant and Toddler (10 hours plus 10 hours student observation in licensed regulated centers)
- Assistant Child Care Teacher (ACCT) Certification: A Program Planning Guide [revised November, 2019]: This guide has the most current requirements of the Assistant Child Care License and has the competencies matched with the Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The competencies identified by the Wisconsin Technical College System in its state approved course also are matched to the units in this new certification publication. An available preview of the revised publication includes an introduction to resource units and course outline.
- Wisconsin's Skill Standards for Child Services: Designed to aid the family and consumer education instructor, work place mentor, and school to work coordinator in delivering the standards necessary for success in the workplace, this work-based learning provides students the opportunity to achieve both technical competencies and vital employability skills for success on the job.
- Wisconsin's Skill Standards for Food Service: Skill standards are followed by relevant activities; a scoring guide is provided for the activities within each skill standard. The activities reflect state-of-the-art technology and concepts.
Family Economics & Financial Education (FEFE)
The FEFE project is a collaborative effort between the University of Arizona and Take Charge America, Inc. Its mission is to provide educators with no-cost curriculum materials and the skills and confidence to effectively teach family economics and finance to their students. FEFE's website includes no-cost family economics and finance curriculum and ready-to-teach lesson plans.
Directions for creating a profile and utilizing this free curriculum is available at http://fefe.arizona.edu/.