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Become a Foster Parent or Certified Daycare Provider

Posted 6/11/2019 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

We Need You!! 

Representatives from the Wood County Human Services Department will be offering an information meeting for those interested in becoming licensed Foster Parents and/or Certified Daycare Providers on June 26th from 5:00-7:30 at McMillan Library, Wisconsin Rapids.  Learn more about facility requirements and state guidelines.  Handouts and light refreshments will be provided. 

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jill Jerabek at jjerabek@co.wood.wi.us or 715-421-8669.   

How to Become Certified in Home Daycare in Wood County

Posted 6/11/2019 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

Interested in becoming certified in Home Daycare?

Attend an informational session!

Friday June 28th at 2pm
River Block Building, FSET Conference Room 2nd Floor  
111 W. Jackson Street, WI Rapids

Benefits of Child Care Certification

  • Potential increase in enrollments
  • Ability to accept child care assistance
  • Eligible for food program reimbursement
  • Support from local agency certifier

Call Jill at 715-421-8669 with questions.

LEO Program Summer Program

Posted 6/4/2019 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

The LEO (Life Ecology Organization) Program is an engaging 8-session youth development and resiliency program for ages 14-20 in Wood County. LEO explores how the human brain works and why our brain is not prepared for the challenges of today’s world. The LEO mission is to teach you how to use different parts of your brain - your higher brain instead of your lower brain - to achieve lower stress, better memory, more creativity and most importantly, resilience!

Register now for one of our summer LEO program cohorts! We are offering a June and July session. 2 hours twice a week for 2 weeks! You know you want to join us!

Tuesdays/ Thursdays 12:30 - 2:30 pm (JUNE 18, 20, 25, 27)

Mondays/ Wednesdays 12:30 -2:30 pm (JULY 8, 10, 15, 17)

Visit our Facebook page - The LEO Program - Wood County, WI - or visit this site to register:

Dementia Friendly Organization

Posted 11/17/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Training Day Teams
Wood County Human Services recently became a “Dementia Friendly” organization. Staff members participated in a training where they learned the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, along with best practices to foster positive interactions and assist people in our community living with memory loss. Training was provided by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Central Wisconsin Dementia Network. This training is offered to help create dementia friendly communities where people living with dementia are able to remain active members of their local community. Window cling decals are displayed at the main entrances of Human Services buildings to identify our organization as “Dementia Friendly.”

The web link below is a news release from the Department of Health Services and provides a "How-To" Guide for family caregivers of individuals with Dementia.

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Oversight of Human Services is provided by the Health and Human Services Committee.

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