Sonoma CARES Plus is a professional development program designed to improve the quality of early learning programs by focusing on education, preparation, and retention of an effective and diverse workforce. The program provides guidance, support, and a stipend reward to child care professionals. Please contact us at (707) 524-2639 to learn how you can participate.
Administered by the Child Care Planning Council (CCPC) of Sonoma County, the CARES program incorporates funding from First 5 Sonoma County, First 5 California, and the California Department of Education’s Staff Retention Program (AB 212).
First 5 Sonoma County's Gateway to Quality Mini-Grant Program is open to child care providers and early childhood educators who have previously received a First 5 Sonoma County mini-grant.
The program supports child care providers who have successfully completed an academic course (or its equivalent) in the Harms-Clifford environment rating scales (ECERS, FCCRS, or ITERS) and who are working to improve the quality of their child care environments. Mini-grants awarded through this program must be used for materials and equipment, facility improvements or renovations, and other quality improvement projects that directly improve scoring on the environment rating scales.
Validators will collaborate with applicants to ensure that items requested address environment rating scale improvement. The Child Care Planning Council administers the validation component of the mini-grant program.
Intent to Apply Due Dates
April 15 and October 15 — Get First 5 Intent to Apply Form
Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) | (209) 572-6080
Commission on Teaching Credentialing | (888) 921-2682
Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs) | (707) 544-3077
Financial Aid, Grants & Scholarships (pdf)
River to Coast Children’s Services | (707) 869-3613
Santa Rosa Junior College | (707) 524-4315
Sonoma State University | (707) 664-3115
Transcript Evaluation (pdf)
- Susy Marrón, Early Education Program Specialist
- Kathy Parnay, Program Assistant, Child Care Planning Council