Nicolet College is offering a class this winter and spring for child care administrators looking to meet state requirements to work as director in child care centers. The course, Best Practices for Children and Families in Early Childhood Education, is one of six courses required to receive the registry administrator credential.
The upcoming course will meet Friday evenings and Saturdays once a month for four months. The Friday classes will meet from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8, March 8, April 12 and May 10. The Saturday classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11. All classes will meet on the Nicolet campus in Northwoods Center room 116.
Students will learn how to establish and maintain quality programs based on professional standards, and review literature and research studies, licensing laws and regulations, criteria for staff credentials (CDA) and the accreditation of programs by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, and funding requirements and performance standards such as those for Head Start.
The registry administrator credential is approved to meet the requirements for directors of programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families requires completion of the credential for directors of group child care programs licensed for 51 or more children within three years of assuming the position. Directors of programs licensed for 50 or fewer children need to take one course in the six-course credential within one year of assuming the position. Individuals with advanced degrees may not be subject to this requirement.
Tuition for the upcoming class is $372.70. To register or for more information, contact the Nicolet College Welcome Center at (715) 365-4493, (800) 544-3039, ext. 4493; TDD (715) 365-4448.