School and Ranking Information
Within a 50-mile radius of Green Bay, students will find around eight colleges offering programs related to child care management. In Wisconsin, directors of child care centers that have more than 50 children need to acquire a state administrator credential. This credential needs to be earned within the first three years of employment as a director. Certificate programs at both Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Fox Valley Technical College meet the educational requirements for the administrator credential.
- Winner: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College earned the top ranking because of its central location in Green Bay, its program options, and its flexible course offerings.
- Runner Up #1: Fox Valley Technical College offers certificates in the field of child care management or administration, along with associate's degrees in early childhood education that can be used for careers in this field.
- Runner Up #2: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay has the highest tuition on the list. It has earned high rankings from U.S. News & World Report and has the highest graduation rate of the three schools. The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay offers education programs at the bachelor's level that also prepare students to work with children up to 8 years of age.
School Comparison Table
|Category||Northeast Wisconsin Technical College||Fox Valley Technical College||University of Wisconsin - Green Bay|
|Rankings||N/A||N/A|| 18th among Top Public Schools in the Midwest*
66th among Regional Universities in the Midwest*
|Location||Green Bay, WI||Appleton, WI (about 28 miles from Green Bay)||Green Bay, WI|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$3,884 (in-state, undergraduate)
$5,638 (out-of-state, undergraduate)
|$3,978 (in-state, undergraduate)
$5,732 (out-of-state, undergraduate)
| $7,648 (in-state, undergraduate)
$15,221 (out-of-state, undergraduate)
|Child Care Management Degree Levels Offered||Certificates; associate's in early childhood education||Certificates; associate's in early childhood education||Bachelor's in education|
|Child Care Management Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||44 degrees in early childhood education (child care management not reported)**||46 degrees in early childhood education (child care management not reported)**||61 degrees in general education (early childhood education specialization not reported)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)||39%** (2008 entering class)||34%** (2008 entering class)||55%** (2005 entering class)|
|Noteworthy||Associate's program offers flexibility through various course options, including online courses, blended courses, and accelerated learning||Accelerated early childhood education program is available for working professionals||The university offers training programs through the NEW Partnership for Children and Families, which aims to develop students' awareness and understanding of child welfare|
Sources: *2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Based on a school survey, 61% of early childhood education graduates from 2011-2012 were employed in full-time positions related to their educational program
- College reported that it had 2,621 graduating students in 2010-2011, which is greater than the sum of all graduates from other Green Bay-area colleges combined
- In regards to their education, 98% of graduates from the 2011 class were satisfied or very satisfied, according to a school survey
- Aspen Institute ranked the college within the top 12% of U.S. colleges that promote student retention and program completion
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College offers a Certificate in Early Childhood: Child Care Administration. Designed for childcare administrators, this program advances individuals' knowledge of supervision skills, curriculum development, child care funding, and community outreach. Students take six classes, including a seminar that requires them to complete projects in program development. Graduates of this certificate program will meet the requirements for the administrator credential offered by The Registry.
Students can also pursue an associate's degree in early childhood education. This degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in educational and childcare settings for newborns and children up to 8 years old. While this program can prepare students for administrative or teaching positions in daycares, private preschools, and other child care programs, graduates who want to teach in public preschool or elementary school settings will need additional education to obtain a teaching license. While many of the courses are available online, students might need to participate in two hybrid courses that require on-campus visits. In addition to online coursework, students complete four student teaching courses prior to earning their degree.
Runner-Up #1: Fox Valley Technical College
- Administrator certificate training program is approved for directors who work at child care facilities accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Among 2012 graduates, 97% reported they were satisfied or very satisfied with their education, according to a school survey
- About 97% of 2012 early childhood education program graduates who responded to a survey were employed, and all of those respondents were working in related fields six months after graduation, according to a school survey
- Ranked by community as 'Best of the Valley' for local college/university category as well as continuing education in 2011, according to the school
At Fox Valley Technical College, individuals working as administrators or supervisors within early childhood programs can pursue a Certificate in Child Care Administrator. In addition to offering leadership training, this program provides students with the required education for becoming state-credentialed directors of early childhood education programs and group child care programs. Required coursework includes early childhood management and supervision, operations management, best practices for young children and families, and external environments.
The college also offers a Certificate in Family Child Care. This program develops students' professional practice as family child care providers and is designed as a foundation for an associate's degree in early childhood education. Comprised of online and in-class courses, this degree program's curriculum features courses in infant and toddler development, child development, children with different abilities, and guiding child behavior.
Students can also pursue an Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. Comprised of 70 credits, this two-year program emphasizes flexibility through full-time and part-time programs as well as online courses. Along with practicum courses, this degree program also features coursework in infant and toddler development, health and safety, nutrition, family and community relations, and curriculum planning. Possible career opportunities for graduates include child care provider, child care or daycare teacher, and child care director.
Runner Up #2: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
- According to U.S. News, the university has a 74% average freshmen retention rate
- University reports that education is among the top ten majors offered by the school, based on degrees awarded
- In fall 2011, the university had an acceptance rate of 64.8%, according to U.S. News
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay offers a Bachelor of Science in Education for students interested in early childhood education. Approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, this degree program prepares students for teaching licensure for various age groups, including children ages 0 to 8 years old. In addition to completing a student teaching experience, students must take courses in areas such as environmental education, instructional technologies, and cultural images in children's materials. This program can lead to careers such as daycare or preschool administrator, kindergarten teacher, or elementary school teacher.