Students in this fast-growing field receive training in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curricula for children in the birth-to-eight-years age range; using positive guidance techniques to manage an early childhood classroom; providing for the health, safety, and physical needs of the children; and work with families to provide connections for the child between home and their place of care.
Is This Program for You?
If you are patient, creative, dependable, and have good communication skills, stimulating the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth of young children may be the rewarding career you are looking for.
Students entering the Child Care Services program should:
- Like working with children.
- Be able to communicate well with children and adults.
- Have a caring attitude.
- Be dependable and organized.
- Have good reading skills.
- Technical diploma requiring a minimum of one year to complete.
- Courses are available face-to-face and online.
- College up Education pathway for High School students option available.
- Financial aid available.
- Classes start in August.
- Advanced standing for early childhood experience may be granted with Southwest Tech instructor approval.
- Complete First Aid / CPR with AED for Infant/Children
- Join The Registry of Wisconsin Early Care Professional Development
- Complete the Fieldprint Fingerprinting Check
Additional Practicum Requirements
- Health Physical (must use SWTC forms) including a 2-step TB Skin Test the first year and a TB test each year after.
- Immunizations including COVID-19 are required.
- Security swipe card: $5 (money is refunded when the card is returned).
- Program Name Tag: $3.
- CPR/First Aid is a graduation requirement for all students.
- Curriculum & Costs
Cost of Attendance (COA) 23-24
Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.
Category Amount Tuition and Fees $4,713 Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,614 Books and Supplies $2,061 Personal Expenses $2,245 Transportation $2,007 Charger Tech 360 Fee $600 Loan Fees $83 Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $21,323 1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $10,662
Based on Wisconsin Residents.
Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 17 weeks.
Fees are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.
These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice.
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application
- Admissions Meeting: After applying and submitting transcripts, make an admissions meeting with the advisor by clicking "Make an appointment" in the Advisor block on this page.
- Prior to August 1st, each face-to-face Field Experience 1 student will need to complete and submit the health requirements listed below, to be able to participate in the required lab time on campus.
- Physical Form
- Background Information Disclosure - complete in MySWTC listed in "My Documents"
- TB skin testing
- Fact Sheet A current Tdap vaccination is required for childcare students.
- Current BLS for Healthcare providers CPR certification
- Potential students are required to have met with the program advisor and have preapproval for online/offsite Field Experience placement
Helpful Academic Background
- Have good language, math, and reading skills.
- Have taken related family and consumer education courses in high school.
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Relate knowledge of child development to practice
- Create relationships with children, family and the community
- Apply observation, documentation and assessment strategies
- Implement developmentally appropriate teaching and learning activities
- Demonstrate professionalism
- Follow health, safety and nutrition practices
Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)
This TSA scoring guide will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Child Care Services Degree. To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to you about your performance.
- Career Opportunities
With the rise in two-career households and single parent families, the job market for trained childcare workers continues to flourish. Besides entering the job market, individuals who complete this program and decide to continue in the Early Childhood Education associate degree program will be given advanced standing for the completed courses. Graduates of this program may find jobs in the following types of occupations.
- Child Care Teachers: Work in full-day and part-day child care programs, nursery schools, and Head Start programs.
- Child Care Assistant Teachers: Work under the supervision of a childcare teacher.
- Family Child Care Providers: Care for eight children or fewer in the family child care.
- Infant or Toddler Caregivers: Care for children under two years of age.
- In-home Providers/Nannies: Provide care in the child's home.
- Early Childhood Educational Assistants: Work in district-approved early childhood programs, and four-year-old kindergarten programs.
- Early Childhood Special Needs Assistants: Work in district-approved early childhood programs and four-year-old kindergarten programs.
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.
Child Care Services Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course TitleChallenge Exam
10-307-148 ECE: Foundations of ECE Professional Preschool Credential 10-307-167 ECE: Hlth Safety & Nutrition Professional Preschool Credential 10-307-179 ECE: Child Development Professional Preschool Credential 10-307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior 10-801-195 Written Communication College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method. 10-809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies