Educating and caring for children is the most important work anyone can do to prepare them as future leaders. It is up to us to make sure that they are given every opportunity to develop to their full potential. Quality child care takes educated, caring professionals to provide that care and education. 

Earn your child care credential or take a single course that will allow you to advance in your career. All credential programs are offered in a 100% online format for your convenience with weekly, evening classes. Four of our programs are currently offered in both English and Spanish.

Take the first step toward earning your associates or bachelor’s degree 100% online by combining your credential credits with coursework at any of our partner institutions.

Earn your Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education by combining your credential credits earned through UW-Platteville’s Continuing Education Institute with online coursework through Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. Review the credential credits that will transfer into the SWTC Early Childhood Education Program.

Earn your Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development by combining your credential credits from CEI with coursework through the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Child Care and Education by combining your CEI credential credits with course-work through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

These scholarships are available to students in child care education within the following states:


T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program: This scholarship program will help cover the cost of tuition fees, up to 90 percent, for professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school-age care settings. For more information or to apply, visit T.E.A.C.H.


Multiple scholarships are available to students living in California to help cover the cost of tuition fees:

You can review more scholarship opportunities available to California child care professionals, visit the Department of Education.

New York

The Educational Incentive Scholarship Program: This program helps pay for training and educational activities with the intent to build provider knowledge, skills and competencies, and improve the quality of childcare. To be eligible, you must be required to take the training and must be caring for children in a program regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Eligibility is based on your employment, level of income and the training course chosen. To apply, visit the Early Childhood Education and Training Program.


The Rising Stars Tuition Assistance Program: This program helps cover the cost of tuition fees for eligible candidates. For more information or to apply, visit Rising Stars Tuition Assistance.


The Vermont Child Development Grant: This grant assists with the cost of college tuition for Vermont residents taking a course related to working with children. The grant is available for $1,000 per student per semester. For more information or to apply, visit the application.