Child Care Program Development Certificate

Program development and implementation are critical in creating high-quality learning environments where teachers and children thrive. The Child Care Program Development Certificate deepens understanding of intentional teaching and the integration of the teaching cycle components. The courses explore a wide range of subjects including observation and assessment, brain development, the environment as the third teacher, play theory and self-reflection. It is designed for lead teachers, family providers, program directors and curriculum specialists who grow the capacity of other teachers through mentoring and coaching. The certificate complements both the Early Childhood Leadership and Child Care Administration Certificates.

Single courses may be taken without the pursuit of the certificate.

Who Should Attend

  • Teachers interested in moving along their path toward new directions
  • Family Child Care Providers and FCCPs making the transition to group centers
  • Program directors, assistant directors and site directors
  • Directors of small group programs who do it all
  • Those entering ECE through the business arena
  • Teachers transitioning into director positions
  • Master and lead teachers in supervisory roles

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Explore intentional teaching using the WI Model Early Learning Standards as a framework
  • Build an in-depth understanding of program development as it relates to the child development continuum, staff development and program goals
  • Identify and apply systems and strategies for implementing the Teaching Cycle
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective and intentional supervision, coaching and staff development
  • Design a capstone project that integrates best practices for creating effective physical and cultural program environments

Curriculum Requirements

Earn the certificate by completing 4 courses

Earn the certificate by completing 4 courses

PDC #1: Introduction to Child Care (Introduction to Program Development)

Course available Sept 3-Oct 26

Sept 7-Oct 26, 2019

Course available Mar 9-May 7, 2020

Course available Mar 9-May 7, 2020

PDC #4: Analysis of Child Care Environments (Designing Environments for Learning)

Course available Jan 21-Mar 28, 2020

Course available Jan 25-Mar 28, 2020