Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards

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WMELS Training Opportunities

Regional Training Opportunities can be found on the Wisconsin Registry Training Calendar

Additional Credit-based Opportunities

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WMELS Trainers can be found by searching the Wisconsin Registry’s Trainer and Technical Assistance Professional Directory. (website link)

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The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) trainings will provide participants with an opportunity to understand the WMELS so that they will be able to build a foundation for high-quality care & education for all children from birth to the beginning of 1st grade. Participants learn how to apply the WMELS Performance Standards to determine what children should know & be able to do, plan learning experiences, provide supportive environments & collect data to ensure that all children are learning & making progress.

Goals of the WMELS Training:

  1. To provide opportunities for participants to learn how to use the WMELS to guide the determination of developmentally appropriate curriculum, daily activities & assessment.
  2. To assist early care & education providers and families in developing an understanding of the WMELS developmental domains, developmental expectations, performance standards, developmental continuum & program standards.
  3. To utilize the "Teaching Cycle" of assessment, planning & implementation as a framework for applying the WMELS in early care & education.
  4. To provide opportunities for participants to learn how to use the WMELS to design care & learning environments & to support adult/child relationships that enhance optimal learning experiences for young children.
  5. To provide professionals & families with an understanding of the connections between WMELS and:
    • Wisconsin readiness Indicators
    • Existing performance standards
    • Existing program standards


For more information on finding a WMELS approved trainer or becoming a WMELS Approved Trainer, contact: Tiffany Swain, [email protected]


Updated 08/15/2023

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