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!