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.
“All it really takes to be a successful youth and child care provider is a big heart.”
Those of us who have dedicated our careers to the service of youth and children understand just how misleading this popular myth has become. We know in fact that effective outcomes require education, knowledge, skill, experience, techniques, resources, and yes, compassion. We’ve learned that our profession requires the same competencies demanded in both business and government positions. We can testify to the numerous and varied challenges which we all face and master on a daily basis.
This is no accident.
Although our individual stories cover a broad spectrum of services and programs, we carry similar personal histories of struggle, achievement, sacriﬁce, adaptation, innovation, and resiliency. We often ask for little, yet give much. From child day care to after school teen recreation, whether residential or community based, we use every imaginable resource to meet the direct and indirect needs of each new generation. Yet, all too often, we’ve had to ﬁnd our way to this competency with little formal support or encouragement.
Today you have the Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP). Whether you’re exploring career options, newly employed, or celebrating another milestone, we help light the way. We provide the resources and support, where, how, and when you need it. By giving you access to training specialized just for you, we help you develop key competencies, which improve program outcomes. Better outcomes reduce errors and stress, while nurturing the spirit, which brought you to this work in the ﬁrst place. We battle isolation and burnout by connecting you with a statewide network of supportive peers. We advocate for you as a professional in both public and private venues. We celebrate your victories and rally to your challenges.
Join us today!