The Registry: Your Path to

Why a Registry?
Registries are a tool for the early childhood and schoolage/after-school profession. They stand ready to do the
• Bring recognition and professionalism to the field
• Do the exacting work of data collection
• Inform policymakers about the early childhood and
school-age/after-school workforce
The National Registry Alliance
Wisconsin’s Registry
Wisconsin’s Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.
Early Focus
The Registry Today
(i) Certificate. Each administrator, center director and child care teacher
shall obtain a certificate from The Registry (the Wisconsin early
childhood professional recognition system) within 3 months after
assuming the position. An administrator, a center director and teachers
in a school-age only program shall obtain a certificate from The
Registry within 6 months after assuming the
position. Persons holding a teacher license issued by the department of
public instruction are not required to obtain a Registry certificate.
The certificate from the Registry does not need to be renewed in order
to meet the licensing rule.
Prior to the receipt of the Registry Certificate, new employees must
have evidence qualifications on file.
Students enrolled at a technical college, private college or university
who work in a child care program operated by the college, private
college or university have an additional 3 months to obtain a registry
Who Needs to Join the Registry?
To be in compliance with state licensing is one
reason and there’s the other reason. Let the
Registry help you put everything one place!
Everything Starts at the Website
There are two ways to submit
your application to The Registry.
1) On-line application options
$50.00 standard
$25.00 1-year renewal
2) Mail in application options
$60.00 standard
$35.00 1-year renewal
$100.00 enhanced application (mail in only)
Items You’ll Need to Complete the Application
1. List of past and current employers including license number if
worked at a licensed facility, address and start and end dates of
each employment.
And if applicable:
2. Copy of Entry Level postcards
3. Copy of CPR and First Aid card
4. Copy of High School diploma (if you did not attend college)
5. Copy of official transcripts (internet copies not accepted)
6. Training certificates from the past year
7. Certificates of attendance from the Registry and any barcodes –
not matter the date of the training
8. Professional Contribution documentation – membership cards,
accreditation verification, cooperating teacher verification, etc.
High School
Higher Education
Registry Credential
Licensing Designated Coursework
Professional Membership
Professional Contributions
Career Levels
Professional Development
Approval System
Types of Training
 Registered
 Tier
 Tier 2
 Tier 3
 Tier 4
Trainer Types
 Registered
 Basic
 Intermediate
 Master
 Specialist
 Consultants
 Technical
 Coaches
 Mentors
 Assessors
Relation Based Professionals
What you will receive
Registry Learning Record
Your Learning Record reflects:
*an itemized listing of all credit, CEU and tiered training
submitted to the Registry
*total number of informal continuing education hours
*a list of hours in core knowledge areas so you may plan your
professional development plan for future trainings
Your Registry Certificate
Your Registry certificate reflects:
• Department of Children and Families licensing
positions for which you qualify
number of years in the childcare field
required courses such as CPR, Shaken Baby, and
First Aid
continuing education hours for the year including
an itemized list of credits, CEU and tiered
Other Registry Services
Program Profiles
The Registry Program Profile collects
information that highlights program strengths
and helps determine the areas that may need
improvement as well as provided a concise
look at staff’s qualification and work history.
Registering your program for the first
Be ready with your:
DCF facility number (printed on your license).
Department of Work Force Development
(DWD) CARES number
Federal Employee ID number (EIN)
Entry Level Completion Postcards
Beginning July 1, 2000, all persons completing a department-approved
course offered by a private agency that is used to meet entry-level
qualifications will be issued a certificate of completion from The Registry. This
is the only documentation of successful course completion that will be
accepted for department-approved courses offered by private agencies taken
after July 1, 2000*. (this has been amended as of Sept. 1, 2010)
Successful completion of entry-level classes taken at technical schools will be
documented on a transcript.
High school courses that meet the entry-level training requirements will
result in a certificate issued by the Department of Public Instruction—a grade
report or high school transcript is not sufficient. A person holding a DPI
paraprofessional or teacher aide license will need to document that they have
complete the appropriate entry level training.
Entry Level Completion Verification
State Approved Courses
DPI approved High School Courses
Search for Training
Who Provides Training?
Administrator – 18 credits
Preschool – 18 credits
Inclusion – 12 credits
Infant Toddler - 12 credits
Leadership – 12 credits
YoungStar was passed by the Joint Finance Committee on June 23, 2010
YoungStar is the Department of Children and Families (DCF) new five-star
quality rating and improvement system for child care in Wisconsin
Teacher education is considered one of the most consistent predictors of
quality in an early childhood setting. Staff and provider early childhood
education qualifications will be verified by the Wisconsin Registry.
Your Registry application will be a clear and easy way for you to verify all
YoungStar staff qualifications including:
Credit based training
Registry Credentials
WMELS Training
SEFEL Training
Strengthening Families Training
Youngstar and the Registry
Young Star
Lead Teacher and Director
Staff Education and Qualifications. The first time you update your
Program Profile you will be able to see a list of staff that have worked for
your program. You’ll notice that there may be past employees that you will
need to add an end date. Once “cleaned up” you will be able to keep your
list current.
Program Profile Self Evaluation.
Areas to evaluate include: Capacity, Program Type, Staff Benefits,
Program Curriculum, Business & Professional Practices, Child Outcomes,
Parent/Family Involvement and Health and Wellness.
There is now a classroom detail section where you can identify each
classroom, and assign staff members. Per YoungStar guidelines, each
classroom must have one lead teacher.
YoungStar and Program Profile
Contact The Registry
[email protected]

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