Getting started with REWARD!

The REWARD Stipend Program provides salary supplements to eligible child care professionals. Individuals must meet all eligibilities to participate. If a person is found to be eligible, a stipend will be awarded along with a 6-month agreement. The stipend amount corresponds to the individual’s Registry Level, as shown below. The stipend agreement is a 6-month contract to continue to meet program eligibilities. Once that agreement ends, the individual can reapply as long as eligibilities continue to be met.

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Stipends are awarded as funding allows. 

Earning a REWARD stipend

To be eligible for a REWARD Wisconsin Stipend, an individual must meet the following employment, experience, and education requirements:

Employment Requirements


  • Employed by a certified or licensed family child care program, licensed child care center, or any Head Start program
  • Work at least 20 hours per week
  • Work at least 5% of their time in an early childhood classroom, either directly with children or in supervision and support of staff
  • Live and/or work in the state of Wisconsin
  • Earn $16.50 an hour or less

 Experience Requirements

  • Have worked at your present employer for 3 current and continuous years


  • Have 6 years of experience in regulated child care programs as documented by the Registry.

Education Requirements

  • Registry Level 7 or above on The Registry
  • Participants at Registry Level 7, 8, 9, and 10 must complete 3 ECE credits over the course of two 6-month agreements to continue participating in REWARD. Details can be found in a link on the side of this page called “3-Credit Requirement for Level 7 through Level 10 Participants.” Participants at Registry Level 11 or above do not need to meet this requirement. 

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    Choose the application that matches your work setting:

  • Family Child Care
  • Group Child Care