"Meeting the needs of Wisconsin’s Child and Youth Care Professionals”
WACYCP is a grass roots organization founded in 1962 by residential childcare workers, who were students at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UW-M).
In 1968, the group became formally incorporated as the Wisconsin Association of Child Care Workers, while helping to form the National Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, from which it derived its present name.
In 1979, WACYCP ﬁnalized a partnership with the UW-M Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, forming the Child and Youth Care Learning Center.
Today, the Learning Center plans staff development and education programs, while also providing consultation and technical assistance to WACYCP. The educational programs are held in conjunction with WACYCP’s professional certiﬁcation process. The ﬁrst applications for certiﬁcation were accepted in July, 1981. Since that time, the Certiﬁcation Board of Review, consisting of practicing child and youth care professionals, has met quarterly to review and approve applications from across Wisconsin. Members are encouraged but not required, to become certiﬁed.