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PDC #1 Introduction to Child Care (Introduction to Program Development) Course includes Online and Face-To-Face sessions   Available Online


Learn to work effectively with young children, including children with special needs in this introductory, three-credit course. Explore definitions, roles, ethics and responsibilities as you establish the context for the next three courses of the Program Development Credential. Understand exactly what an early care and education/youth care program is, and what it means to be responsible for developing and implementing a high-quality program.


This course is inclusive of the DCF 45-hour ICCP training, Introduction to the Child Care Profession

ED POL 381:  Course subject and catalog number

3 credits (undergraduate)

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Know the roles, responsibilities and relationships involved in program development and implementation
  • Understand the primary duties involved in program development and implementation as it relates to the program for children: curriculum, environment, assessment and evaluation, staff development, and full integration of regulatory processes
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and ability to supervise the implementation of child development principles and theories, and developmentally appropriate practice
  • Communicate a solid understanding of brain development and its relationship to the learning environment to teachers, other staff and families
  • Articulate a working knowledge and understanding of the WMELS as the foundation for a high-quality early care and education environment, and develop effective strategies for sharing and implementing the WMELS across the program
  • Establish a program-wide respect for diversity, inclusion and cultural competence in curriculum, relationships and planning
  • Know the importance of effective communication strategies for working with families and staff
  • Understand and supervise the implementation of positive guidance strategies when caring for children

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Mon., Mar. 23-Sun., May 17
Location: Course includes Online and Face-To-Face sessions
Instructor: Pam Bennett, M.S., Instructor
Enrollment Limit: 20
Program No. ED POL 381
Two Face-to-Face dates TBA
Face-to-Face days:8:30am-4:30pm
Online: Mon., Mar. 23-Sun., May 17

Registration Deadline: Mon., Mar. 9
For more information, contact:
Miriam Malone, Program Manager,, 414-227-3133


Leadership Credential Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

Or download the pdf

Program Development Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

Or download the pdf

UWM Early Childhood Winter/Spring 2015 Catalog

Download the PDF

T.E.A.C.H funding is available for tuition assistance to qualifying Wisconsin applicants. Call 1-800-783-9322 ext. 7240; or visit www.wisconsin