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child care services


    Video: Child Care Services

    Program Number: 31-307-1
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    Program Description

    The Child Care Services technical diploma is part of a cluster of programs designed to meet the increasing demand for quality child care. The coursework provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills to understand the emotional, mental and physical development of young children; how to create developmentally appropriate classroom activities; how to guide behaviors; and how to provide a healthy, well-rounded learning environment. These skills are applied in practicum experiences where students gain hands-on experience working with children in local child care centers. This program prepares students for jobs in a variety of early childhood settings.

    The Child Care Services program is part of the first year of Moraine Park’s Early Childhood Education associate of applied science degree. All the Child Care Services classes are directly transferable into the Early Childhood Education program if students wish to continue their education.

    Both Fond du Lac and West Bend offer the complete program. A few courses are offered online. Fond du Lac offers primarily day courses and West Bend primarily evening classes.

    Scholarships may be available for students who are employed in a licensed or exempt early childhood center or a licensed or certified family child care program. Applicants must have the support of their employer and possess a high school diploma or GED.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $27,037

    Approximate Costs

    • $136.50 per credit (resident)
    • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

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

    Career Opportunities

    • Child Care Teacher
    • Child Care Assistant Teacher
    • Family Child Care Provider
    • Nanny

    Admission Process

    1. Visit the Admissions Page for details
    2. In addition to standard admissions, this program also has:
      1. Health Requirements   


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art, Music and Movement 3
    307-151 ECE: Infant and Toddler Development 3
    307-167 ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
    307-174 ECE: Introductory Practicum 3
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 17
    Semester 2
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    307-108 ECE: Early Language and Literacy 3
    307-148 ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
    307-175 ECE: Preschool Practicum 3
     - OR - 
    307-177 ECE: Intermediate Practicum 3
    307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
    307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
    Total 16
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 33

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    Note: Students must purchase a smock for this program.


    This program does not require a Criminal Background Check at the point of admission, but a Criminal Background Check will be required. Students will need to successfully pass a Criminal Background Check to progress in and complete the program. Students will receive information regarding completing this requirement before being placed working/observing in a child care facility. 

    Please Note:

    Moraine Park Technical College does not guarantee (1) placement to practicum sites; (2) potential or future employment eligibility beyond graduation; (3) ability to sit for licensure or certification exams or achievement of credentials related to licensure or certification. Taking a course within the Child Care Services curriculum prior to completing and passing a criminal background check does not guarantee enrollment in any one of the practicum courses required for program completion.

    More information regarding barred offenses that may impact a person’s ability to work at a child care center can be found here: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/publications/pdf/5206.pdf

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.