Pay scale: $7.25 - $18.00 per hour
Child Care Specialists generally work in clean, pleasant surroundings with good lighting and ventilation.
Interest and temperament
A person who wants to become a child care worker must have a great deal of patience and understanding to work with children. They should be able to deal well with the public.
High school diploma or equivalent. Be in good physical condition and have completed two courses: Introduction to Child Care Profession (40-hours noncredit course) and Skills and Strategies for Child Care Teachers (40-hours noncredit course).
Length of training
The program lasts two years consisting of no less than 4,324 hours of on-the-job training with a minimum of 324 hours of classroom instruction including some night classes.
All Child Care apprenticeship courses will apply toward the associate degree program for Early Childhood Education and a scholarship program is available through the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (T.E.A.C.H.).