Professional Development

ECHO Early Childhood: Including Learners with Disabilities

8 Virtual Sessions: Every other Wednesday beginning February 21
5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Are you an early childhood professional who serves children with disabilities in your classroom? Join us for this series of virtual education and problem-solving meetings where we will discuss topics on how to create opportunities for inclusive play, use behavior support plans, transition children between programs, and more.

Continuing education credit through the Wisconsin Registry will be available.

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UW-Stout Early Childhood Education Conference

April 19, 2024 – April 20, 2024
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Friday’s Keynote Presenter

Jim Gill –  A Joyous Way to Learn!

Saturday Keynote Presenter

Raelene Ostberg – Finding Joy: Reduce Stress and Break Through Barriers to Increase Your Joy Factor and Get the Genuine Happiness You Deserve

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The Greater Dane County Early Childhood Care and Education Director’s Caucus

The Greater Dane County Early Childhood Care and Education Director’s Caucus (DC), organized and facilitated by Cigdem Unal, Director of the UW Office of Child Care and Family Resources, is a collaborative community of dedicated administrators and stakeholders. DC provides information sharing and a support platform for ECE directors & professionals. Our shared goal is to uplift the quality of care and education for every child in Dane County, Wisconsin. We invite those involved in child care administration or related fields in Madison and nearby areas to join our collective efforts. For questions or more information, please contact Cigdem Unal at

Free ECE Foundational Courses with Madison College

Madison College is offering several noncredit and foundational courses for free to recipients of the Wisconsin Innovation Grant (WIG). Scholarships are also available for students pursuing Early Childhood Education. Call 608.243.5400 for more information on how to apply.

UW-Madison Professional Development Opportunities

UW-Madison offers professional development opportunities through the Office of Human Resources that are open to campus child care center staff.

Browse OHR Catalog

UW also offers several conferences that may be open to UW and non-UW participants, including the Diversity Forum, the Women and Leadership Symposium, the Wisconsin Idea Conference, etc.

See UW Conferences