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Area Child Care Workers Awarded Infant and Toddler Credential at MATC May 30
Nearly 60 incumbent child care workers received an Infant and Toddler credential from The Registry of Wisconsin at an event at Milwaukee Area Technical College May 30. The workers made presentations to their peers and commissioners at the event. Commissioners then decided whether to award each person their credential or request more information.
MATC provided the workers with 12 credits of training at no cost to the students. The training, which was held off campus, was offered in English and Spanish. It was funded by a grant of more than $491,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. MATC received the grant in September 2014. It runs through December 2016. Later this year, MATC will offer preschool credential training in English, Spanish and Hmong as part of the grant.
Child care centers in Wisconsin receive YoungStar ratings ranging from one to five stars, with five being the highest rating. The training level of the child care workers is one component of the YoungStar ratings. The grant is designed to enhance worker training in centers with YoungStar ratings of two or three, to help them improve their services by providing a better prepared workforce.
The hope is that students in the program will use the training as a pathway to continuing on to earn a child care services technical diploma and an early childhood education associate degree, according to David Espinoza, MATC bilingual instructor in early childhood education.