Grant Overview

Why ECE?

Career & Training Opportunities


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The QUEST (Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy, and Training) grant provides support and training for individuals working in, returning to, or interested in pursuing training in the early childhood education and childcare fields in the Wisconsin.

Why Early Childhood Education (ECE)?

A career in Early Childhood Education is not just a job; it’s a calling that allows you to make a lasting impact on the lives of young children.

Influence on Early Development:

  • You play a crucial role in shaping the foundation of a child’s cognitive, emotional, and social development during their formative years.
  • Early childhood experiences have a lasting impact on a child’s future academic success and overall well-being.

Job Stability and Demand:

  • The demand for qualified early childhood educators is consistently high, providing job stability and potential career growth.
  • Governments and communities recognize the importance of investing in early education, leading to increased opportunities in the field.

Constant Learning and Professional Development:

  • The field of early childhood education is dynamic, and ongoing professional development is encouraged.
  • You have the chance to stay updated on the latest research and teaching methods, keeping your skills relevant and enhancing your career.

Career and Training Opportunities

We can help provide the building blocks to your career in Early Childhood Education (ECE). At no cost to you, QUEST can provide: 

  • Core training courses needed to enter the childcare field; 
  • Paid work experience at a State-certified, quality childcare facility.
  • Supportive services necessary to complete your training and work experience programs;
  • Personalized, professional career counseling and placement assistance

We’re collaborating with local education and community agencies including Madison Metropolitan School District, Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C) and Madison College to connect participants to in-demand programs and opportunities in the ECE realm. 


Eligibility for this program requires participants be able to:

  • Work in the United States;
  • Have had their employment status at any time impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic -OR-
  • Be self-employed individuals who became unemployed or significantly underemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – OR –
  • Have no work history or are entering the workforce for the first time

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See what QUEST can do for you. Get in touch with us to get started! Send us an email by clicking the Contact Us button below, or call us at 608-249-9001.