The REWARD Wisconsin Stipend Program provides vital supplemental financial support to early childhood educators who continue to work in an under-compensated and under-resourced field. The program annually facilitates the distribution of thousands of stipends to early childhood educators throughout Wisconsin with the goal of increasing compensation, improving the retention of early childhood educators, and encouraging continued education in the field.

By the Numbers

Stipend Recipients

Wisconsin Early Educators

Average Stipend Amount

every 6 months.

Counties Impacted

of 72



of recipients remain employed in Wisconsin’s ECE field.

Note: Stipend recipient/amount data since summer 2022 expansion.

Program Eligibilities


  • Registry Level 1 through 17


Employment Longevity

  • Worked at your current employer for at least six current and continuous months


Other Employment Requirements

  • Employed by a group child care program that is licensed and/or participating in YoungStar; OR, in a licensed or certified family child care program
  • Work at least 20 hours/week
  • Work at least 5% of your time in an early childhood classroom, either directly with children or in supervision and support of staff
  • Work at a program that operates year-round or school-year
  • Live and/or work in the state of Wisconsin
Stipend Amounts Awarded Every 6 Months

Ready to apply for the REWARD Wisconsin Stipend Program?

Use our online form - it is an efficient way to submit your REWARD application.

Ready to apply for the City of Milwaukee Early Childhood Workforce Stipend Program?

A new stipend program is available for individuals who work in child care programs located in the city of Milwaukee. Eligible applicants who work in caregiving roles will receive a $1,500 stipend in three installments.

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