Volume 40, Issue 1 Spring 2021
2021 WFCCA Conference registration is now open.
Conference Presenters

Presenter Proposals are being accepted until June 30, 2021.
Calling all presenters! Workshop proposals from qualified professionals in the Early Childhood field or related fields are now being accepted.
Whether you're a seasoned presenter, or just starting out, we'd love to have you participate!

For more information, please download the presenter invitation, then be sure to complete and return the presenter proposal by the deadline listed on the form. Thank you!
Family Child Care Credential at Fox Valley Technical College.

Have you ever considered earning the Family Child Care Credential?  

Licensed providers who have worked 1000 hours or more in family child care are great candidates for Credit for Prior Learning!  This means you might be able to earn credit for the Intro to Family Child Care course by demonstrating your knowledge and skills for things you already do!  

For more information and to find out if you are eligible, visit the FVTC Credit for Prior Learning webpage at and click on Work Experience.  

If you have questions, contact Amy Nogar ( or Kathy Meetz (
Coffee Clutch

WFCCA members have participated in two Coffee Clutches for continuing educations hours so far this quarter. We are gearing up for the next round of meetings in the second quarter.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Encouraging Risk Taking

By Peter Pizzolongo
Date: March 09, 2021

Facing risks is an unavoidable part of life for most adults. So, why do we choose to take risks? Is it for the sensational thrill of trying something new, or the tenacious hope that new opportunities will present themselves? Sometimes, maybe, we choose to take a risk just to exhibit a show of confidence. Whatever the reason, the lessons we learn from taking a risk have the potential to lead us on a new path (Rolison 2013) (Zeilinger 2017).
Learning to assess a risk is an essential skill for living.
The ability for adults to take calculated risks has its roots in early childhood. Yet we are in an era of limiting risk taking by children. Most parents (and caregivers of young children) worry about children, wanting them to stay safe—so they resort to limiting the risks that children take. “We are a nation of pushy helicopter parents, . . . waiting below our children on the monkey bars in case they should slip” (Bilinco 2015). By keeping our children “safe”, are we inadvertently preventing them from learning how to calculate risks on their own?
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Raindrops, melted snow
Trees bud, grass grows to bring
Child and critter joy
Executive Directors and Operational Chairpersons

President: Leah Zastoupil,
Vice-President: Billie Jo Walmer,
Secretary: Amy Weishaar,
Treasurer: Sarah Fleming,
Past President: Celeste Swoboda,
Region Rep Coordinator: Diane Eisen,
Conference Coordinator: Tara Ebben,
Website Administrator: Amy Nogar,
Member Communications: Jasmine Waldner,
Marketing Coordinator: Holly Hale,