Q&A: Celeste Swoboda on Wisconsin State Journal child care cover story

The following Q&A is in response to the Special Report on Child Care (read: pt.1, pt. 2) published by the Wisconsin State Journal.

Celeste Swoboda is a WECA Board member, former president of the Wisconsin Family Child Care Association, and a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship recipient. She owns Teddy Bear Totland child care, a 5-star rated program in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Q: You’ve been a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship recipient. Tell us a little about your T.E.A.C.H. experience. What advice do you have for child care providers thinking about applying for a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship?

A: My first T.E.A.C.H. experience was with my Infant/Toddler Credential. Having the scholarship gave me an opportunity to go back to school and not worry about the expense of the classes. I have enjoyed working on my Administrators and Leadership credentials and Associate’s Degree through T.E.A.C.H. My advice is to call WECA—they are very helpful with any questions that you might have. I found that I have learned so much going back to school and the children in my care have benefited from the steps I have taken.

Q: What school courses have been most valuable to your career as a child care provider? Continue reading

Online Radio Stations for Early Educators

In a recent trend, several organizations have created online radio stations that broadcast information on a variety of educational issues. Through the BAM! Radio Network, organizations like NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), Head Start, and NACCP (National Association or Child Care Professionals) have created their own programming. The BAM! Radio Network even has a “Child Care Providers” radio section where you can view several informational sessions just for providers! You can visit that section by clicking here. BAM! Radio also offers great programming for parents and opportunities for early educators to network with one another.