Important: If you have applied for REWARD, please allow at least 3 months before inquiring about the status of your application/stipend.

For more detailed application processing information, review our frequently asked questions page.

You work hard to provide children with high-quality care and education. REWARD Wisconsin is here to recognize your commitment.

Wisconsin’s young children depend on high-quality and consistent child care. Yet, the early childhood profession offers low wages and few benefits, impelling many professionals to leave the field. When this happens, children’s social and emotional development is negatively impacted. The REWARD Wisconsin Stipend Program is working to change this.


Rewarding your accomplishments.

As a child care professional, REWARD Wisconsin provides you salary supplements based on your educational attainments and longevity in the field.

Expansion Details

The REWARD Wisconsin Stipend program has recently expanded, thanks to significant funding increases. The new funding allows us to implement enhanced supports for Wisconsin’s early childhood educators and their professional journeys, starting this summer. For all the details on REWARD and T.E.A.C.H. program enhancements, including key frequently asked questions, visit this page (and bookmark it!).

Rewarding your dedication.

Rewarding child care professionals for their commitment to the field is one of the best ways to reduce turnover. And it works! With a turnover rate of less than 1%, REWARD salary stipend recipients are providing children with lifelong benefits. Show your dedication to the field and apply for a REWARD salary stipend today.

Reward is an opportunity to:

  • Increase compensation of early childhood professionals
  • Reward and retain professionals who have attained education specific to the field
  • Encourage continued education
  • Reduce turnover
  • Improve the quality of care received by Wisconsin children

“I try to be grateful for everything around me, especially for REWARD and WECA for supporting Wisconsin’s teachers and motivating them to further their training and to keep making a positive impact on every child in the classroom.”

Stella Bernal Fernandez

Teacher, Little Explorers, Madison, WI

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