REWARD Waiting List Now in Effect

REWARD has had a very busy year. Due to one-time funding, the program was able expand so new Registry levels would be eligible for REWARD. Additionally, we were able to award higher stipend amounts during the first six months of 2016. As a result, REWARD participation is higher than it has ever been. However, this success is tempered with budget realities. Now that we have returned to typical REWARD funding amounts, the growing demand requires that REWARD initiates a WAITING LIST.

The daily work of the REWARD program will continue as usual. Agreement renewal forms will be sent out on schedule. New applications will still be accepted. New applications and renewal materials that are coming into the WECA office will be date stamped to determine their order on the waiting list. When an application or renewal form is received it will be placed at the end of the waiting list. Individuals placed on a waiting list will be removed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each month, the first 120 eligible individuals at the beginning of the waiting list will receive an agreement and stipend.

You may be asking yourself - Is it worth applying if I am only going to be put on a waiting list? Yes! WECA is holding on to its vision of better compensation for Wisconsin’s child care workforce. A powerful way to demonstrate that current funding is insufficient is by making sure your name is on the REWARD waiting list! Hold your place in line. Don’t give up on the REWARD program. We’re not!

Join us in speaking up for quality early education! WECA's Virtual Public Hearing: Wednesday, April 12 from 1-3 pm
Call your legislators, then share on social media.

Are we building up, or falling down?Join our call for expanded funding for T.E.A.C.H. and REWARD.

For 18 years these programs have supported the education of the child care workforce, who work with our young children despite low wages and lack of public recognition. Today, each program has long waiting lists with no new scholarship awards or contract renewals until the next budget cycle begins on October 1, 2017.

Expanded funding is needed.

Postcard Campaign – April 10-14, 2017

Download, print and customize your message on this postcard template. Invite your colleagues, parents and friends to participate too. Collect your cards, and mail in a single envelope to WECA. We will hand-deliver your message to the Joint Finance Committee. Mail your cards to us by Monday April 17th.

Send to:

c/o Peggy Haack
744 Williamson St. #200
Madison, WI 53703


Attend a live hearing with the Joint Finance Committee

If you live in or near any of the following locations where hearings will be held, we encourage you to attend a live hearing:

• Monday, April 3 at 10 am – UW-Platteville, Platteville

• Wed., April 5 at 10 am – State Fair Park, Milwaukee

• Friday, April 7 at 10 am – Berlin High School, Berlin

• Tuesday, April 18 at 10 am – Spooner High School, Spooner

• Wed., April 19 at 10 am – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth

• Friday, April 21 at 10 am – Marinette High School, Marinette

Check out WECA’s Talking Points and Tips for planning your day. Any questions? Call us at 608-240-9880 or email us.

Every call is a positive step. After you make your call, feel free to share your thoughts on WECA’s Facebook page.