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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!

At the time of application, Stokes County residents, students attending high school in Stokes County or individuals working in a Stokes County early childhood program (serving children birth to five and not yet in kindergarten) will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Workforce Innovation to Support Early Education (WISEE) program if enrolled in at least one 3 credit hour college level course (that meets the requirements for a degree in early childhood education). High school students participating in an internship in an early childhood classroom and who may be considering a career in early childhood education may also participate. WISEE will provide financial incentives, enhanced educational opportunities and support for 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 and early college students, 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. 

Per session, students must complete at a minimum of 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:

  1. A minimum of 50 hours must be completed in the categories listed below:

  • Observation and participation in classroom instruction in a high quality early childhood program (4- to 5- star rated license or nationally accredited). Practicum or internships required for graduation or a degree may be counted in these hours. If applicable, students will be discouraged from earning hours in a classroom where they are employed, however; the student may earn hours in a different classroom from the one where they are employed, but in the same child care center; subject to the approval of the WISEE Program Coordinator.

  • 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 Stokes Partnership for Children, 336-985-2676 or 

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