University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


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FAQ's About Part-Time Employment


Am I eligible to work at the Children’s Learning Center?

You must be enrolled for at least 1 credit at UW-Milwaukee or another institution of higher education. You must be 18 years of age to work in classrooms with children.

What kinds of jobs do you hire students for?

We have approximately 125-150 part-time employees who work in our classrooms with children. We also have student positions in our main office (reception area), carpenter shop, and business office.

Are you currently hiring?

We are always accepting applications for classroom positions. The majority of our hiring is done prior to the start of each semester, but we do regularly hire throughout the year. We do keep applications on file for a year, and refer to them when we have openings. Please see our web page for current openings.

How do I apply?

Stop in the Children’s Learning Center anytime between 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to fill out an application or print one out online (see Student Staff Positions). Your schedule of availability is a very important part of your application, and our applications have a special grid on which to put this.

When are you open?

The Children’s Learning Center is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. We have no night or weekend hours. Employees may be asked to occasionally attend evening staff meetings and/or training sessions.

Can I work around my class schedule?

We do schedule employees’ work hours around their class schedule. The more ‘open’ you are in your schedule, the greater your chances of being called for an interview.

How many hours a week would I work?

We typically do not schedule students to work less than 15 hours per week. All student positions are part time, and therefore less than 40 hours per week. Most employees work between 15-25 hours per week.

When would I be expected to work?

All staff are hired and scheduled to work an entire semester. This includes the exam week and intersession week after the semester. During spring semester, you are also expected to work during UWM Spring Break. The Center is closed for one week following the end of the summer semester, and for one week between December 24th and January 1st. Student classroom staff are not required to work during those weeks.

What would my job responsibilities consist of?

For classroom positions, you would supervise children (in the classroom and gym, and on the playground), participate in child- and teacher-initiated activities (art, songs, fingerplays, etc.), provide physical caregiving of children (feeding, toileting, diapering, etc.), and prepare for activities and clean up after activities (including kitchen and bathroom clean-up). (See Student Staff Positions for complete job description.) Responsibilities for non-classroom positions vary greatly by position.

What kind of experience do I need to work in the classrooms?

The UWM Children’s Learning Center is a state licensed and nationally accredited child care center. To meet both licensing and accreditation standards, training courses are required of all child care staff. Entry-level training course requirements include both credit-based and non-credit courses. Staff must meet, or have a plan to meet, the accreditation training requirement of completion of 12 credits in early childhood education or child development.

To meet the credit-based training course requirements, the Children’s Learning Center has designed a 12-credit track of four courses through the Department of Educational Policies and Community Studies. To coordinate training requirements, all Center classroom staff complete a yearly Staff Professional Development Plan with the Staff Development Specialist. All classes taken to fulfill employment requirements must have a grade of C- or above.

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