Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards

WMELS Trainings

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

WMELS Training Opportunities

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

Additional Credit-based Opportunities

Find a WMELS Trainer

WMELS Trainers are available to do training throughout Wisconsin. WMELS Approved Trainers include: child care providers, teachers (classroom & higher education), program support personnel, technical assistance personnel & administrators that represent the full range of services offered to young children from birth to 1st grade. The training is offered in a variety of formats. Some are available for University & Technical College Credit.

The WMELS Approved Trainers experienced a rigorous approval process. The process includes an application, attending a WMELS Training & completing one or more WMELS Training with a mentor. WMELS Approved Trainers commit to co-facilitating training in partnership with other WMELS Approved Trainers.  ~ WI Model Early Learning Standards Approved Trainer Process

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


Updated 05/05/2022

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