Registry News & Updates

Registry Office Closed for Independence Day

The Registry office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020, for Independence Day. Our regular business hours will resume on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Coupon for Free Registry Membership Available: May 14, 2020

A coupon for FREE Registry membership and renewal is now available through funding provided by the Department of Children and Families through the Preschool Development Grant (PDG). This coupon is for all individuals and is available only as funding allows, but no later than December 31, 2020. We anticipate funding to last for at least several months. 

Be sure to check our Coupon Page for more information. 

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New Employment History Feature: April 1, 2020

A new feature that gives an easier option to updating employment history is now available. This feature allows Program Profiles to invite employees to update their employment history on their individual Registry Profiles. This will help Programs maintain accurate employment records and help ensure employees list their current employment if they haven't already done so. 

To learn more about this feature, check out the preview below. Download the step-by-step support guide to see how:

  1. Program Profiles can invite employees to list their current employment. 
  2. Employees can accept this invitation and update their employment history in their Registry Profile.


PDAS Summit Rescheduled: March 26, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 8th Annual PDAS Summit is rescheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Harley-Davidson of Madison. While we are disappointed to have to reschedule, our highest priority for this event is the health and well-being for those planning to attend.

If you have already registered, we hope you will still be able to join us. If you can still attend, your registration is complete and you do not need to take any action. If you have other commitments and are unable to attend, we understand and offer a full refund for the registration cost. Please email us at or call us at (608) 222-1123 x 5 regarding your refund by April 30, 2020.

Registration for the PDAS Summit will remain open at the early bird rate. We hope you join us on September 24 to participate in a collaborative community of practice (CoP) on identifying the gaps in accessible professional development learning opportunities. Participants will engage in constructive and courageous conversations on how to bridge these gaps and increase trainer capacity within diverse populations across Wisconsin.   

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Registry COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

We would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all that you do for the early childcare and afterschool community. 

The health and well-being of our members and staff is our highest priority. With that in mind we have decided to close The Registry office to the public for an undetermined amount of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will not be accepting walk-ins during this time to drop documents off for the health and well-being of the minimal Registry staff on site. We are proud of how our staff has worked together during this difficult time to maintain operations. Though our staff is working remotely, we will continue to process applications, approve training, and answer phone calls and emails.

Please understand we may need a little extra time answering specific questions regarding an individual's records or documentation. We anticipate delays in obtaining official transcripts from institutions of higher education and will work with all of our members on a case-by-case basis.  

Again, we thank you for all you do and hope that you stay healthy and safe during this time.


Converting Classroom Training Events to Web Based: March 20, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Registry is allowing face-to-face training events to be converted for online delivery without submitting a new course and event on a temporary basis. For essential training such as SBS and SIDS, consider converting a face-to-face training event to a webinar to meet the just-in-time training needs of the early care and education workforce. View our communication to convert an already approved training event from Classroom to Web Based    

Please Note: If a trainer or training sponsor organization wishes to continue to offer training in an online/webinar format after the pandemic, a new course and event must be submitted to The Registry following online training approval guidelines.


High School Documentation Update: May 21, 2019

Beginning on July 1, 2019, The Registry will require documentation to verify a High School Diploma, High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or General Education Diploma (GED).
This requirement better aligns with licensing regulation DCF 251.05, which details staffing qualifications in a licensed group center. Without verification of a High School Diploma, HSED, or GED, individuals will not meet the preliminary qualifications for the following licensed positions:

  • Child Care Teacher
  • School-Age Group Leader / Teacher
  • Center Director (50 or fewer children)
  • School-Age Director (50 or fewer children)
  • Center Director (51 or more children)
  • School-Age Director (51 or more children)
  • Administrator
  • Center Director 51 or more in a licensed group center

These positions will no longer be listed on Registry Certificates of Achievement, effective July 1, 2019, if a High School Diploma, HSED, or GED is not verified on a Registry member's profile.  

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Registry 45-Day Processing Time: March 20, 2019

Beginning on April 1st, 2019, The Registry is updating the time frame individuals have to send documentation and payment after submitting their online membership application. 

Members will now have 45 days to send their documentation after completing the online membership application. After 45 days, The Registry will process and finalize applications that have not submitted the necessary documentation. If payment is not submitted within 45 days, the application will be canceled. This update aligns with best practices and will help streamline our membership application processing. 

Please note: During this 45 day period, The Registry will continue to send communications to inform individual applicants what documents are needed to verify information on their application.

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Update to Registry Certificate of Achievement:  February 4, 2019

The Registry is updating language regarding the listed qualifications on the Certificate of Achievement to better align with licensing regulations and qualifications of positions. The heading on the right side of the certificate will be updated from “Qualified For” to “Preliminary Qualifications”.  

This update to the Registry Certificate of Achievement will be implemented on February 4, 2019.


The Registry System Update:  January 23, 2018

The Registry will launch a system update to increase security and improve navigation. 
To protect your private information, The Registry will require all users to have a unique email address. You will be asked to sign in to your Registry account with your own personal email address and password. Some users may have to verify their email address.
The Registry system is also getting a face lift.  The new look will feature enhanced menus and streamline your overall experience.

Take the Video Tour  |  Watch the steps to verify an email address

Official Transcripts Required: Beginning January 1, 2018

Beginning on January 1, 2018, official transcripts will be required to verify degrees, credits, and/or CEUs. The Registry will only accept official transcripts from accredited colleges or universities. This requirement will prevent academic fraud and maintain the integrity of The Registry and its members. 

Transcripts must be sent directly to The Registry in an unopened, originally sealed envelope or by secure email from the institution of higher education. Please note that some institutions will not provide an electronic version of an official transcript.

Office Closed:  July 4th

The Registry office will be closed in observance of Independence Day. We will resume our regular business hours on Thursday, July 5th. If you need to contact us during this time, please leave a detailed voicemail and a Registry specialist will contact you on September 5th. You may also send an email to

Office Closed:  July 4th

The Registry office will be closed in observance of Independence Day. We will resume our regular business hours on Thursday, July 5th. If you need to contact us during this time, please leave a detailed voicemail and a Registry specialist will contact you on September 5th. You may also send an email to