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The 4C Education & Training Department offers a variety of classes to help and support you at each stage of your child care career. Whether you are just entering the child care profession, or are looking for classes to enhance your career options, our classes will help you to extend your knowledge and deepen your understanding of the early childhood field.

4C entry-level classes are taught by instructors who are well versed in issues related to the field of early childhood. Classes are scheduled to meet a variety of needs and meet in locations that are comfortable and easy to find. 4C classes are the best way to enhance your skills and move up the early childhood career ladder.

All classes offered through the Education & Training Development at 4C are state approved and meet the State of Wisconsin requirements for regulated child care.

The Education & Training Department staff are committed to quality child care. Our class offerings serve to promote quality care for all children by helping child care providers throughout our community learn more about children, and the important work they do as early childhood professionals.

If you have any questions about which classes are appropriate for you or want further information about the classes offered, please contact 4C at 414-562-2650 and ask for the Training Coordinator. You can also contact us through the 4C website: www.4c-forchildren.org

Before finding a course, please read our policy information. Additionally, you will need to be registered through the Registry.org to sign up for a course. See more information about the Registry process here.

Requirements

To work in a Family Child Care Home:

To work in a Group Child Care Building:

Group Center Director (50 capacity Max)

Group Center Director (51 or More Capacity)

Additional Required Training:

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and Sudden Infant Death Training (SIDS) are required for all Child Care Professionals working with children under the age of 5. Note: SBS and SIDS are included in Introduction to the Child Care Profession and Fundamentals of Infant & Toddler Care (completed after July 1, 2005).
  • CPR/1st Aid & AED: is required in all License Family and License Group Programs (Must be updated every 2 years)
  • Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect: : is required in all License Family and License Group Programs (Must be updated every 2 years)

Course Schedule

Entry Level Courses

*Introduction to the Child Care Profession*

This is the first class for those looking to become either a Family* or Group Childcare provider. It gives the foundation to the standards for a quality childcare environment. *meets Certified and Licensed Family requirements. **This is the 1st required course for licensed family or a group center provider**

Fee: $155.00 Time: 45 hours


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: January 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 February 5, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Registry Event: # 780003

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, Feb. 5, 7, 12, 14, 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: # 788605

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: February 26, 28, March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: Call for Registry Number

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Registry Event: # 788486

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Registry Event: # 788491

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: April 1, 3, 8, 10,15, 17, 22, 24, 29, May 1, 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: # 788618

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: May 20, 21, 28, June 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Registry Event: # 788637

Skills and Strategies for the Child Care Teacher

This class is designed to explore the relationship between growth and development and curriculum planning. It is STRONGLY recommended that the Introduction to the Childcare Profession be completed before taking this class. Required for those wanting to be a Lead Teacher in a Group Child Care.

Fee: $155.00 Time: 45 hours


Ubicación: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Fecha: Enero 26, Febrero 2, 9, 23, Marzo 2, 9, 16, 2019
Hora: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Evento De Registro: # 780869 (Spanish)

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: February 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, March 6, 7, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Registry Event: # 788495

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: # 788496

Fundamentals of Infant & Toddler Care

This class focuses on teaching developmentally appropriate programming for Infants and Toddlers in relation to WI Regulations for child care. Required for Family and Group Providers working with children under 2 years of age.

Fee: $100.00 Time: 18 hours


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: January 17, 18, 24, 25, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Registry Event: # 780027

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Registry Event: # 788497

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: March 27, 28, April 3, 4, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Registry Event: # 788505

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: April 30, May 1, 7, 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Registry Event: # 788515

Fundamentals of Family Child Care

This class is required for those wanting to open a Family Child Care program. The class focuses on care-giving regulations and sound business practices specific to a family Child Care setting.

Fee: $90.00 Time: 12 hours


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: January 22, 24, 29, 31, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Registry Event: # 780038

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: February 13, 14, 20, 21, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Registry Event: # 788517

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: March 4, 6, 11, 13, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Registry Event: # 788520

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: April 22, 23, 29, 30, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Registry Event: # 788642

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Dates: May 6, 8, 13, 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Registry Event: # 788654

School Age Assistant

This class is for those working with 5-12 year old children. Best practices are covered related to out-of-school time care.

Fee: $90.00 Time: 10 hours


None at this time please call to have your name added to the waiting list.
Looking to open one in May 2019

Continuing Education – Health and Safety

Child Abuse & Neglect

Training on this topic is required to be renewed periodically while working with young children in Wisconsin. Please contact your regulatory agency for specific time frames.) You suspect a child may be a victim of abuse, would you know what to do and who to call? What are some signs to look for? This in- service will involve group discussions on how to handle some difficult situations. It will also review needed child care center policies and documentation. Protective Factors that Strengthen Families will be shared. Community resources will be available.

Fee: $30.00


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Thursday January 10, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registry Event: # 780060

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Thursday March 21, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registry Event: # 788744

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Friday May 31, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Registry Event: # 788764

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Saturday February 9, 2019
Time: 10:00-12:00 pm
Registry Event: # 788729

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Friday April 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Registry Event: # 788753

Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED - AHA

This training is through the American Heart Association. The course is designed to meet the regulatory requirements for child care providers. It teaches individuals the skills necessary to recognize life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies and manage illnesses and injuries for the first few minutes until professional help arrives. It covers the steps of first aid such as finding the problem, stopping bleeding, bandaging and using an Epinephrine pen, as well as adult, infant, child CPR and AED. Through “hands-on” training and video demonstrations, students will learn the standard protocols for administering proper CPR techniques, using mouth-to-mask ventilation and understand when and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Fee: $90.00


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Saturday January 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registry Event: # 780839

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Registry Event: # 780840

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Saturday February 2, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Registry Event: # 789152

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Thursday February 7, 2019
Time: 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: # 789153

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Wednesday March 13, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Registry Event: # 789154

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Thursday March 21, 2019
Time: 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: # 789156

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Wednesday April 24, 2019
Time: 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: # 789157

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Saturday April 27, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Registry Event: # 789158

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Thursday May 9, 2019
Time: 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: # 789159

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Wednesday May 15, 2019
Time: 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Registry Event: # 789160

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – SIDS

Many more children die in a year from SIDS than all who die from cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, child abuse, AIDS, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined. This training is designed to help early childcare providers and parents have a better understanding of risk factors as well as reduction techniques.

Fee: $30.00


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Monday January 14, 2019
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Registry Event:780193

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Saturday February 9, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registry Event:788784

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Wednesday March 20, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registry Event:788806

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Friday April 26, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registry Event:788817

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Friday May 31, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Registry Event:788821

Shaken Baby Syndrome – SBS

This 2.0 hour training provides providers with the knowledge in the identification, prevention, and the grave effects of shaking babies. The training will identify appropriate ways to manage crying, recognizing crying as a natural response for babies, but one that can produce stress for parents and caregivers. This meets the requirements of the Prevent Violence Against Children Act – Wisconsin Act 165.

Fee: $30.00


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Monday January 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Registry Event: # 780394

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Saturday February 9, 2019
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Registry Event: # 788825

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Friday March 22, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registry Event: # 788830

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Monday April 29, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registry Event: # 788834

Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Friday May 31, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Registry Event: # 788840

Continuing Education

The Exciting World of Block Play

The Block Area: Do your kids love it or hardly play in it? Learn what the block area is and how children learn life-long skills by participating in it. Strategies to extend and promote enhanced building play will be explored. Learn to love your block area and the children will too.

Fee: $30.00


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Fun with Board Games

Come and discover ways to create board games for your preschoolers. Skills from math, pre-reading, learning colors and so much more can be taught through your game. Participants will explore how to create their own board game and use it with the children the next day.

Fee: $30.00


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: January 26, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Registry Event:780882

Incorporating Math into Everyday Practices

This workshop will help the learner plan, prepare, and execute developmentally appropriate mathematic competencies at all levels. We will learn from others experiences and work with our colleagues to develop fun and interesting activities and materials that will create a love of math and learning more!

Fee: $30.00


Location: Growing Green Child Development Center
Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registry Event:787831

YoungStar Training

Strengthening Families in Early Care & Education with Mandated Reporter Training

Strengthening Families is an approach early learning programs can use to strengthen specific protective factors all families have in order to reduce the risks associated with child abuse. This workshop introduces the protective factors and strategies early learning programs can use to cultivate these factors with the families they serve.

Discounted Fee: $10.00


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Saturday January 26, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registry Event: # 780988

Developmentally Appropriate Practice Foundations: Why We Do What We Do

Best practice in early care and education is based on how children develop and learn in the early years. Developmentally Appropriate Practice is about what you do with that knowledge and how you do it. It is about joyful play and intentional teaching. It is about predictable structure and flexibility. It is about children being part of a community of caring and each child being recognized as an individual. Developmentally Appropriate Practice is complex and requires both/and thinking by early childhood professionals.

Fee: $35.00


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The Process of Developing Child Portfolio: Documenting a Journey

This training is best practice in early care and education which is based on knowledge of how to develop a child’s portfolio. A Child Portfolio is information on individual children that is gathered recorded, and updated to provide appropriate and intentional planning for activities and to build relationships with families. Developing a Child Portfolio is about why you collect information, what specifically is collected, when, where, and how the information is collected. Join us as we learn more about the journey of developing a child’s portfolio.

Fee: $35.00


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Learning Environments and Curriculum Through the Lens of DAP (DAE)

This training will provide participants with an in-depth review of the requirements for the developmentally appropriate environments as required by the YoungStar evaluation criteria. The materials, learning centers and interactions of the Early childhood learning environment will be explored in relation to best practices and research in the field. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the needs of a quality learning environment within the context of developmentally appropriate practices, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards domains and School Age Curriculum Framework content areas.

Fee: $35.00


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Friday January 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm 9:00 pm
Registry Event:780979

Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

This training will provide participants with an in-depth review of the requirements for the developmentally appropriate environments as required by the YoungStar evaluation criteria. The materials, learning centers and interactions of the Early childhood learning environment will be explored in relation to best practices and research in the field. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the needs of a quality learning environment within the context of developmentally appropriate practices, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards domains and School Age Curriculum Framework content areas.

Fee: $30.00


Location: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Date: Friday January 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm 9:00 pm
Registry Event:780979

(WMELS) Wisconsin Model of Early Learning Standards Training

The Wisconsin early learning standards model provides a framework of expectations appropriate for young children that can guide our work in the creation, evaluation and improvement of the conditions necessary for the optimal development of children. Through a combination of practical activities and discussions, participants will learn to use the standards of early learning as a guide to provide quality early care and education.

Discounted Fee: $60.00


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Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards - Discounted

The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards provide a common language and guidance for families, professionals and policy makers around early childhood education and care. They articulate Wisconsin’s Guiding Principles to inform the application of the standards, and, Wisconsin’s commitment to young children and families. They also specify developmental expectations for children from birth through entrance to first grade. Developmental domains reflect attention to all the domains of a child’s learning and development. Each domain is divided into sub-domains which include developmental expectations, performance standards, and program standards. A developmental continuum, with samples of children’s behavior and samples of adult strategies are also included.

Discounted Fee: $25.00 (Discounted)


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WI Pyramid Model Infant Toddler Series

The Wisconsin Pyramid Model Infant-Toddler training series is a course designed specifically for infant/toddler teachers to support their professional development, increase their reflective capacities that will support optimal development and well-being of infants and toddlers (and families) in their care. The course is built upon the Pyramid Model training and integrates infant mental health concepts and competencies, and includes materials and activities on reflective practices. The goal of the series is to offer theoretical foundations, explore and practice use of strategies to support optimal development, and professionalize the field of infant/toddler teachers.

(24 hour training) 8 part Series

Fee: $125.00 Discounted: $75 


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YoungStar Training Continued

Individual Learning: Planning Experiences and Learning Documentation

This workshop is the continuation of the process of the teaching cycle identified in the training of the Learning Standards Wisconsin Early Learning Model. Each part of the Teaching Cycle; Evaluation, planning and implementation, it will be examined for the application of early education programs. The participants will come out with a better understanding of the process and how to incorporate the practice of the Teaching Cycle into a more intentional process for planning and promoting individual learning, connecting the YoungStar Evaluation Criteria.

Discounted Fee: $25.00


Ubicación: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Fecha: January 9, 2019
Hora: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evento De Registro:780903 (Spanish)

Strengthening Families: Protection Factors

Strengthening families is a focus for early education programs, it can be used to Strengthen specific factors for all families in order to reduce the risks associated with child abuse. This workshop will present the protection factors and strategies of early education programs. For that they use and cultivate these factors with the families they serve.

Fee: $25.00


Ubicación: 4C Milwaukee (2nd Street)
Fecha: January 23, 2019
Hora: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evento De Registro:780907 (Spanish)

Strengthening Families in Early Care & Education

Strengthening Families is an approach early learning programs can use to strengthen specific protective factors all families have in order to reduce the risks associated with child abuse. This workshop introduces the protective factors and strategies early learning programs can use to cultivate these factors with the families they serve.

Fee: $25.00


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Food Program Training

CACFP New Meal Pattern Requirements

This course is designed to assist Family providers in understanding and implementing the new meal patter requirements. Topics include: Introducing whole grains, calculating sugar intake, infant meal patter changes, milk requirements for different age groups and offering fruits and vegetables.

Fee: Free


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Q&A

What classes do I need to start?

That depends on the ages of the children you will be working with, and the role you wish to have.

There is a minor difference in the list of classes for Group Center employees and those opening or working in a Family Child Care Program.

The general list of classes needed are:

To work in a Group Child Care Center

  1. Introduction to the Child Care Profession

  2. Skills and Strategies for the Child Care Teacher

  3. Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care

For Family Child Care Programs

  1. Introduction to the Child Care Profession

  2. Fundamentals of family Child Care

  3. Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care

Additional Class if working with School-aged Children

Center Director or Administrator Information

Group Center Directors and Administrators, at minimum, need to complete courses identified in the Child Care Administrator Credential.

In addition, Directors need to also meet the qualifications of a lead teacher.

(This includes all three classes listed under Group Child Care Center)

Q. Is Additional Training Needed?

Yes. Wisconsin also requires additional training that supports creating and sustaining a safe and healthy environment for young children. These classes are:

Q. I heard SIDS and SBS are also needed. Is that true?

Yes. However, both Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) trainings are included in the entry-level classes. This is by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) directive.

Continuing Education Needs

Q. What are the continuing education requirements?

Wisconsin requires all Professionals working directly with young children in the Early Care and Education field to complete continuing education hours yearly. The number is determined by the type of regulated program you work in, but ranges from 5 – 25 hours per year.

Q. What continuing education classes does 4C offer?

4C offers a variety of options to meet continuing education needs. These include in-person workshops, correspondence packets, and on-site options.

Continuing education topics range from health & safety concerns, to program management, to guiding behavior, to intentional programming. As a Resource & Referral Agency, 4C also offers state identified trainings related to regulation and quality improvement.

Before finding a course, please read our policy information. Additionally, you will need to be registered through the Registry.org to sign up for a course. See more information about the Registry process here.