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Wisconsin Association of
Child and Youth Care Professionals

Meeting the needs of Wisconsin’s
Child and Youth Care Professionals

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Youth Work Awards Celebration

22nd Annual Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP) Youth Work Awards Celebration

To Be Held Virtually on Zoom Thursday, May 5th at 6:30 pm

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"Meeting the needs of Wisconsin’s Child and Youth Care Professionals”

WACYCP is a grass roots organization founded in 1962 by residential childcare workers, who were students at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UW-M).

In 1968, the group became formally incorporated as the Wisconsin Association of Child Care Workers, while helping to form the National Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, from which it derived its present name.

In 1979, WACYCP finalized a partnership with the UW-M Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, forming the Child and Youth Care Learning Center.

Today, the Learning Center plans staff development and education programs, while also providing consultation and technical assistance to WACYCP. The educational programs are held in conjunction with WACYCP’s professional certification process. The first applications for certification were accepted in July, 1981. Since that time, the Certification Board of Review, consisting of practicing child and youth care professionals, has met quarterly to review and approve applications from across Wisconsin. Members are encouraged but not required, to become certified.


Save The Date

Thank a Youth Worker Day
May 5, 2022

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Daniel Hoan bridge
lit in orange in honor of
Thank a Youth Worker Day
May 6, 2021
Hoan Youth Worker Day

Youth Care Certification Explained

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The School of Continuing Education Youth Work Learning Center



WACYCP members represent the full spectrum of public and private Child and Youth Care Professionals in Wisconsin.

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Join the effort to say thanks and make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth in your community!

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Get to Know Us

We all know the heart and soul of the WAYCYP is its member base; but so, too, is our beloved board. You can meet them here!

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