I started my research on the internet and was able to find several local and state resources. Before opening my in-home center, I decided to take some courses through 4-C (see below). I found this approach to be beneficial as it gave me some insight into the requirements for opening my own center. There was a lot more to the process than I expected, so having this preliminary information helped me to better understand whether or not I was making the right decision. I took the classes needed and opened up 5 months after my accident. See the list below for a few of the resources I found during my initial research (Most are specific to Wisconsin, where I live, but there are generally similar resources in most states):
- Technical Colleges
- It is likely that technical colleges in your area will offer a variety of coursework related to early childhood education. At Madison Area Technical College there are courses for those looking to get started in early childhood education to those seeking career advancement opportunities. For example, coursework ranges from a certificate in Early Childhood Education - Infant & Toddler, to a one year technical diploma in Child Care Services and up to an associates degree in Early Childhood Education.
- Correspondence Courses
- Resource and Referral Programs
- 4-C - Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C) is part of a network of accredited, non-profit Wisconsin Child Care Resource & Referral agencies providing advocacy and support services for child care in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson, Rock, Sauk, and Walworth Counties. The agency strives to ensure that every child has access to high quality early care and education through integrated support and expertise.
- Child Care Information Center - The Wisconsin Child Care Information Center (CCIC) is a mail-order lending library and information clearinghouse serving anyone in Wisconsin working in the field of child care and early childhood education. Their goal is to help Wisconsin child care professionals give the best possible start to Wisconsin's children.
- Wi Shared Education Resources - Must go to website for child care providers in Wisconsin! You'll find forms, handbooks, policies, savings and more. With just a few clicks you can save time, reduce costs and improve quality.