The state of Wyoming imposes rules on the licensing of daycare centers. One of the requirements to be able to gain a license is the education and training that the daycare provider and its staff must acquire. Becoming a licensed daycare center/facility would assure parents that their children are being taken good care. Hence, complying with this will avoid the denial of the application of the licensee.
With regards to the training, one of the trainings compulsory to all states of America is the Cardio-Pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid while other trainings will depend on the state’s licensing rules. Training for CPR and First Aid are already included in coursework in colleges, universities, and organizations that are allowed by the state to give daycare education and training. Hence, the training is also provided by the state.
Classes offered through the State
In the state of Wyoming, degree courses associated with childhood education offered by different universities and colleges are comparable to those offered by other states of America. Establishing a career in the daycare or childcare industry can be easier if the individual would take up courses like childhood education, childhood education, and other early child courses.
On the other hand, the state of Wyoming recognizes directly related childhood courses, which means those who took up a different course can be given a chance to work in a daycare center given that the credits of the subjects are alike.
The classes included in the coursework of childcare courses include Child Care Laws, Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Relations, Nutrition and Health, Psychology, and Small Business Management are the most common classes for a childcare degree. Furthermore, basic education classes are as important as the ones above; thus, they should be taken up as well.
Certifications Given for Completed Classes
There are several certifications and credentials given for every completed class and trainings in every state of America. Moreover, American states and territories accept three credentials and certification. Depending on the state, they may have some additional credentials and certifications that they require for their applicants.
The three certificates and credentials that are accepted in every state of America include the Child Development Associate (CDA), Certified Childcare Professional (CCP), and the National Administrator Credential (NAC). These certificates are only given to those who have completed the classes.
The CDA credential is given to those who have accomplished several requirements which is composed of 120 hours of training as stated by the Council for Professional Recognition, and who have effectively passed the verification visit to work with Infants/Toddlers or Preschoolers. This is required for entry-level credential for daycare providers. Moreover, CDAs must work with parents and children and should be proficient in 17 Functional Areas as set forth by the Council for Professional Recognition.
Another credential accepted in the state of Tennessee is the CCP. This credential enhances teaching skills and the individual’s proficiency. CCP are recommended for those teachers who did not finish their degree as well as to those who have taken up a different field.
The National Administrator Credential is developed for center directors and other childcare professionals. NAC is considered as the symbol of excellence that defines persons who have showed the knowledge important in managing a childcare center. Through NAC, participants will learn on development of the organization and program, implement suitable curriculum and food programs, institute marketing and communication initiatives, manage people, including legal issues, staff recruitment and supervision, maintain the facility, understand legal and regulatory issues, and create strong financial management systems.
Moreover, the state of Wyoming may not have a certain certification can only be attained on their state. Daycare providers can contact the state departments that deal with family and children welfare for inquiries and clarifications. These departments guarantees and sustains the kind of foster care given to the children and family by enhancing skills and abilities of the people responsible in providing care whether residential or day care centers.
Cost of the Classes
To gain a degree on childcare education or any closely related field, an average of yearly tuition of $1,000 to $5,000 in universities and colleges in the state of Wyoming should be prepared. Hence, the tuition rate is affected by some factors including type of school (whether public or private, vocational or non-vocational), location of the school, and the degree you are currently enrolled. Contrariwise, there are organizations that have scholarship programs that are only designed for childcare and one of these is T.E.A.C.H. or organizations allowed by the state to handle training. Daycare providers can contact the state to inquire about the state recognized organizations.
Required Classes that Day Care Providers Should Take
Daycare providers should take up classes that are offered by the state. Mentioned earlier are the courses early childhood education, childhood development, and the like are and can be accepted by the state as long as the working experience and credit hours are successfully met by daycare providers.
General Education and Training Requirements for Director
Program directors in the state of Wyoming should be at least 21 years of age and shall satisfy one of the following requirements:
- Have a high school diploma or GED certificate;
- Have a minimum of one (1) year full time equivalent experience in licensed or legally exempt child care; and
- Have a minimum of one (1) year full time equivalent experience working with young children in a group under qualified supervision; and
- Have completed at least ten (10) college credit hours in the area of early childhood education, child development, nursing, or other child-related field; or
- Have completed one hundred (100) approved clock hours with a minimum of four (4) clock hours in each of the areas of early care and education described in Chapter 6, Section 7 of the state’s licensing standard rules.
- Combinations of experience and training may be submitted to the Department for individual consideration to meet director qualifications.
- Exception to the education requirement: Submission of proof of completion of a professional credential recognized by the Department of Family Services will be considered as completion of the education requirement; and
- Directors shall meet all training requirements as outlined in Chapter 6, Section 7 of the state’s licensing standard rules.
- The director must be available for at least fifty percent (50%) of the operating week, based on a forty (40) hour work week, in the facility in which they are listed as the director. Exception may be made for training, vacation, illness or other types of necessary extended absence approved by the licenser.
- Whenever the director of a center must be absent from the facility, an assistant director must be on duty. The director will remain responsible for the operation of the center and the actions of all staff, volunteers and substitutes.
- In the event of staff turnover in the position of director, notify the Licenser immediately, and the center shall employ a person who meets the qualifications of director within sixty (60) days. Hiring practices shall include screening of applicants to assure meeting director qualifications as outlined in these rules.
- It is the responsibility of the center director to ensure that all records and reports required in Chapter 6 of these standards are maintained on site.
General Education and Training Requirements for Teacher
Childcare teachers must reach the legal age and should have completed high school or its equivalent as determined by the Wisconsin department of public instructions.
- Documented work experience as an assistant child care teacher not less than 80 full days or 120 half days in a licensed childcare center or other approved early childhood setting.
- A Childcare teacher shall satisfy any of the following requirements:
- Two (2) non-credit department-approved courses in early childhood education.
- Two (2) courses for credit in early childhood education or any equivalent from an institution of higher education.
- Certificate from The Registry indicating that the person is qualified as a child care teacher.
- 48 credits from an institution of higher education with a minimum of three credits in early childhood education or its equivalent.
- Finished one-year child care diploma from an institution of higher education.
- Holds an associate degree in early childhood education or child care from an institution of higher education.
- Holds a CDA credential issued by the council for early childhood professional recognition.
- Recent and valid certificate from American Montessori Society, Association Montessori International, or Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.
- Holds a bachelor degree in education from an institution of higher education or a license from the Wisconsin department of public instruction to act as a teacher.
- Recent and valid certificate from the bureau of apprenticeship standards as a child development specialist.
General Education and Training Requirements for Assistant Directors
Assistant teachers in a daycare center must be 21 years old and above and shall satisfy any of the following:
- A high school diploma or GED certificate;
- One year of experience in licensed child care or fifteen (15) hours of approved training, including orientation;
- Sufficient knowledge and training in the operation of the facility as well as decision making authority to assume the duties of director during his/her absence;
Links and Contact Information for Class Application
For questions, inquiries, and other concerns, daycare providers can contact state departments in Wyoming. Provided here are list of numbers:
Child Care Licensing Agency
Wyoming Department of Family Services
Division of Early Childhood
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 3rd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0490
Phone: (307) 777-5491
Fax: (307) 777-3659
Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners
125 South Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Phone: (608) 267-9625
TOLL FREE: (800) 441-4563
Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
Children and Nutrition Services, Inc.
800 Werner Ct. Suite 210
Casper, WY 82601
Phone: (307) 266-1236
Toll Free: (800) 578-4017
Fax: (307) 266-4410