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Family and Consumer Sciences Staff Development

An up-to-date list of professional development opportunities in Family Consumer Sciences are available on the Professional Development Calendar.

Credentials & Training for FCS Teachers & Early Childhood Educators

  • H.S. certified course-Assistant Child Care Teacher
  • Community College or Technical Colleges-one-two-and three year programs in childcare, parenting, and child development
  • Four-year colleges and universities which offer degree programs in early childhood development and education
  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families training requirements for certified childcare and childcare foundational training (new courses coming in 2024)
  • A number of early childhood education-related trainings are available on the Wisconsin Registry, including food safety, first aid, child development, and more!

Knowledge and Skills for FCS Teachers


  • Early Childhood Development and Services
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Family and Community Services
  • Personal Care Services
  • Consumer Services

Early Childhood Development and Services

Early childhood development and services nurture and teach children. Services include childcare centers, preschool programs, public schools, private households, family childcare homes, and before and after school programs. Sample occupations include:

  • Childcare Assistant/Worker
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Lead Teacher/Childcare Facilities
  • Assistant Director/Childcare Facilities
  • Director/Childcare Facilities
  • Nanny
  • Family Resource Center-Parent Educator
  • Preschool Teacher