Students Complete Child Care Credentials Through Western Technical College


LA CROSSE, Wis., Jan. 17, 2017 - Twenty-five students completed child care credentials through Western Technical College, thanks to an Early Learning Challenge Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

The $231,000 grant was allocated to provide credit courses for child care providers who are looking to improve their ratings with YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system.

“Research shows that the education level of the child care provider is a primary determinant in child care quality,” said Pat Chilsen, grant coordinator. “The providers benefit from the additional education, but the real beneficiaries of this grant are the children who will be receiving a higher quality of care.”

The funding covered tuition, books, supplies, coaching/mentoring, professional development sessions, and credential commission fees for three credentials: Family Child Care, Infant Toddler Care, and Preschool Credential.

Each student completed a portfolio and submitted it for review by a credential commissioner. The final step was to present a portion of the portfolio to their peers, instructors, and a Wisconsin Registry Credential staff person during a Commission Ceremony on Jan. 7. Those who participated and earned a credential included:

Infant Toddler Credential

Lanora Nelson, Children’s Treehouse – Onalaska

Melissa Stein, Children’s Treehouse – Holmen

Judy Freybler, Red Balloon Early Learning Center – La Crosse South

Danielle Marquardt, Red Balloon Early Learning Center – La Crosse North

Sue Adams, Education Station – Onalaska

Rose Severson, Education Station – Onalaska

Jennifer Howell, Westby Day Care Learning Center

Linda Meyer, Westby Day Care Learning Center

Renee Kloss, Coulee Children’s Center – La Crosse

Faith Apfel, Coulee Children’s Center – La Crosse

Preschool Credential

Cindy Soller, Kuddles N Kisses Family Child Care – La Crosse

Bonnie Johnson, Little Scholars Daycare – Galesville

Chris Vehrenkamp, Little Scholars Daycare – Galesville

Brenda Miles (Cashton), Toddle Inn Daycare – La Crosse

Lisa Brefeld, Black River Child Care Center – Black River Falls

Heidi Pieper, Black River Child Care Center – Black River Falls

An additional 50 students have earned credits, but have not yet completed the full credential.

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