Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

About Us

The Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System – Milwaukee recognizes the importance of the role of the home visitor / family support professional in this work. Our Home Visiting/ Early Childhood Family Support Professional Development program provides training and other opportunities across the state of Wisconsin to ensure those working in early childhood family support programs have the knowledge, skills and training they need to make a difference. For more than 20 years, we have been supporting home visiting, parent educators and other early childhood family support professionals in their work. We have partnered with DCF to provide training and technical assistance for the MIECHV / Family Foundations Programs and others statewide. Our offerings provide foundational and continuing education training for those working in evidence-based home visiting programs. Many of our offerings are also relevant for professionals working in Birth to Three (Part C), family resource centers, Early Head Start, maternal and child health public health programs, Prenatal Care Coordination service providers and many others. Please refer to our training calendar for a list of upcoming locations and dates. We are excited to partner with the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to provide additional professional development offerings and house the Family Resource Center Professional Development System in addition to our general offerings. For more information on this work, please click here

To guide our work, we have developed strategic areas of focus, and have an advisory committee and to ensure responsive and quality offerings to meet the needs of those in the field. We strive to bring best practices, new knowledge and innovations from the national level to local programs and professionals.  See below for our four areas of focus and goals, and a more detailed version here with activities to support that work.

Annually we provide foundational training as well as a variety of topics for continued education and advanced knowledge and skills for those working directly with families and for their supervisors and managers.  Our offerings are driven by feedback and needs from the field. Every two years we conduct a need assessment which you will find below. You can read more about our work in our most recent year-end report below.

Need assessment direct service staff

Needs assessment supervisors/ managers

Most recent year-end report