(Rewarding Education with Wages And
Respect for Dedication)
R.E.W.A.R.D. funding limited: Waiting list started in September 2008. Starting immediately, the number of R.E.W.A.R.D. stipend agreements awarded monthly will be limited. A maximum of 75 R.E.W.A.R.D. stipend agreements will be issued per month. Remaining applicants will be put on a waiting list. For more information, please visit the WECA website on the waiting list procedures.
The ProblemWisconsin, as well as most states, is experiencing a child care staffing crisis. Programs are not able to find qualified staff to fill positions, requiring programs to close down classrooms, compromise staff/child ratios and sometimes close entire programs due to the staffing shortage. In addition, programs piece together workers to fill positions, which may leave children having multiple teachers and not knowing who their teacher will be on a particular day. The single most important determinant of child care quality is the presence of consistent, sensitive, well-trained and well compensated caregivers. Currently, low compensation, poor benefits and high turnover have led to a nationwide child care staffing crisis. Lack of resources, in conjunction with the need to maintain affordability for parents, make it difficult for individual child care programs to reward or encourage teacher education and provide more competitive salaries.
The PurposeImprove child care quality by reducing turnover, retaining staff who have attained identified educational levels and encouraging the continued education of teachers, directors and family child care providers.
The Solution, R.E.W.A.R.D. Wisconsin:
- Rewards attained education with supplement award amounts that are based on the level of education an individual has already attained. (See The Registry Career Ladder)
- Rewards longevity supplements are distributed after the recipient has completed a continuous commitment period in the same child care setting.
- Maintains marketplace competition for better salaries supplements vary based only on education attained, not on wages earned.
- Integrates with other Education and Compensation Initiatives R.E.W.A.R.D.™ Wisconsin builds on and coordinates with T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin. Whereas T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin rewards child care professionals seeking more education and helps them attain it, R.E.W.A.R.D. Wisconsin rewards those who have already attained education and helps keep them in their child care programs.
- Provides a direct supplement supplements recognize individual professional development efforts regardless of the work environment and addresses low wages without impacting center budgets, regular wages, or parent fees.
- Does not increase costs to parents because funding for R.E.W.A.R.D. Wisconsin comes from external sources and goes directly to individual child care providers, families can have the benefit of better educated, more consistent staff without having to pay more.
2011 REWARD Reports
2010 REWARD Reports
2009 REWARD Reports
2008 R.E.W.A.R.D Reports
2007 R.E.W.A.R.D Reports
2006 R.E.W.A.R.D Reports
- There was not a REWARD program in 2006
2005 R.E.W.A.R.D Reports
- Summary Report (pdf)
- Map of Program Recipients by County of Residence (pdf)
- Map of Program Recipients by County of Employment (pdf)
- Wage Report (pdf)