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Workforce Innovation to Support Early Education

Be one of the WISEE Ones!  

Attention Early Childhood Education students! You can be supported on your pathway to becoming one of the best early childhood education teachers in North Carolina!

Now earn a minimum of $1,000 (up from $750) for completing the program! 

Earn $20 to $35 per hour!

Stokes Partnership for Children is looking for Stokes County residents or individuals working in a Stokes County early childhood program (serving children birth to five and not yet in kindergarten) who are enrolled in at least one 3 credit hour college level course that meets the requirements for a degree in early childhood education and who may be considering an early childhood degree. The Workforce Innovation to Support Early Education (WISEE) program will provide financial incentives, enhanced educational opportunities and support for college students with a goal to increase the workforce of higher educated early childhood professionals through the use of college credits.


​WISEE will help to decrease barriers and create a more seamless pathway for students interested in the early childhood field, especially from high school to college, and on into the workforce. Priority will be given to high school or early college students or recent high school graduates and those new to the ECE field. WISEE will provide opportunities for students to develop skills relating to professionalism, leadership and advocacy. In addition to financial incentives and educational opportunities, WISEE will provide an additional level of support and guidance in order to help the students succeed in obtaining college credits in the early childhood education field, which may lead to a degree in the ECE field.  Students must be open to exploring early childhood education as a career. Students may reapply multiple semesters. 


​Here is what you would be required to do:


Per participation period, students must complete at a minimum 50 hours participating in activities relating to the early childhood field. This may include occasional out of county travel. Activities are coordinated and approved by the WISEE Program Coordinator. Students must be available and have a schedule flexible enough to complete the required hours, to include:


  • School internships are included! Observation and participation in classroom instruction in a high quality early childhood program (4- to 5- star rated license or nationally accredited). Internships and practicum required for graduation may be counted in these hours.

  • Experiences relating to incorporating STEM into the early childhood education setting.

  • Diversity, including culturally, ethnically and ability diverse.

  • Child Development

  • Outdoor Learning Environments

  • Developmentally appropriate curricula

  • Professionalism

  • Advocacy

  • Leadership

  • Infant/Toddler Care

  • Building effective relationships

  • Pyramid Model

  • Conscious Discipline

  • Social & Emotional Health

  • Other as deemed relevant



The Pay-Off!


After completion of all WISEE requirements students may receive up to:

  • $1,000 award at end of participation period after successful completion of WISEE program requirements.

  • $500 educational budget incentives to be used to reimburse for school related expenses.

  • $250 for reimbursable expenses (i.e. travel, registrations, etc.).  


Act Now! Space is limited to four students per participation period. Want more DETAILS or an APPLICATION?


Contact Lisa Dillon at Stokes Partnership for Children, 336-985-2676 or

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