Dedicated Child Care Professionals in Pleasant Prairie
Finding Quality Child Care: Staffing Is Key
Whether you choose a nanny, a nursery school, a commercial site, a privately funded center, a Head Start, a Montessori, or any other early childhood provider, quality is key for optimal growth and development. Every family must make these choices and find one that suits their family’s needs. Each child is unique and many thrive in different environments. Below are some facts for you to read.
DCFS requires staff to have, at the least, Introduction to Early Childhood Professional (a non-credit class). If working with children under 30 months, also required is Infant and Toddler (a non-credit class).
Many teachers at ELCDC have associate degrees in early childhood. We have several staff with bachelor’s degrees. We employ students of Parkside and GTC, many of whom are working toward teaching degrees and nursing degrees. Each classroom teacher is carefully paired to provide your children with stimulating and exciting activities. All staff members collaborate together to plan and implement activities and organize the room for the children.
- Infant and Child CPR – Required for all staff coming into contact with children (annual certification)
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – Required for all staff working with children under 30 months
- Shaken Baby Syndrome – All staff must go to approved training
- BID: Background Information Disclosure
- DOJ Criminal Background Check – Done annually (every quarter for Director)
- Staff Meetings – Nine mandatory staff meetings are required for the State of Wisconsin
- CEU’s – Full-time employees must maintain 25 hours and part-time employees 15 hours of continuing education through approved sources.
- Registry Certification – All teachers must maintain an active Registry Certification with Madison’s Early Childhood Education and Certification
- CAN – Child Abuse and Neglect biannual training
- Emergency Training – regular fire drills, tornado drills and fire extinguisher trainings
We follow the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Code of Conduct and strive to emulate such standards in all of our relationships, between staff and children, parents and each other.
Established in 1990, ELCDC has many teachers who opened the original school on Highway 50 in Kenosha! Some are even former students, now all grown up. We employee between 40 and 45 teachers, most of whom have been here for over 10 years.
Creative, Loving, Nurturing & Amazing
We mean it when we say, “We are an extension of love, from home to school.” A good teacher is one who can motivate and steer children and provide them with opportunities to learn, without them even knowing it!