Sonoma County Office of Education

CARES Quality Counts Program Participant Information

Sonoma CARES Quality Counts is a professional development program designed to improve the quality of early learning programs.

CARES Quality Counts is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program year on a first-come, first-served basis.

CARES Quality Counts will be limited to the first 100 applicants! Priority will be given to educators working in sites that are participating in the QIRS Quality Counts Program. In order to be considered for the program follow the steps below.

  1. To apply: Submit the required CARES Quality Counts Online Application: English | Spanish
  2. Submit a completed W-9 form: English | Spanish *
  3. Information Releases to be completed by SRJC and SSU students only: SRJC | SSU
  4. Register for a Workforce ID **
  5. CDE Short Form: English | Spanish ***

* W-9 only needs to be completed by new applicants or returning applicants that have moved.
** Registry only needs to be completed if the applicant has not previous register for a workforce registry ID.
*** All applicants must complete a CDE Short Form.

Applications will not be considered for enrollment until a completed W-9 form, Information Release (if attending the SRJC or SSU) and a Workforce Registry ID using the CDE Short Form has been submitted. Completed documents can be emailed to, faxed to 707-524-2666 or mailed to 5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

Important Deadlines

  • Friday, January 11, 2019 – Complete a minimum of 3 scholarship-eligible units with a grade C or better, and submit an unofficial transcript to the CARES office with your Summer and Fall grades.
  • Friday, January 11, 2019 – Submit all required End-of-Semester documents (please refer to your End-of-Semester checklist).
  • Friday, May 17, 2019 – Meet with an advisor/academic counselor for your advising appointment.
  • Friday, May 17, 2019 – Submit verification of your academic or educational plan for Fall, Winter & Spring semesters.
  • Friday. June 14, 2019 – Complete a minimum of 3 scholarship-eligible units with a grade C or better, and submit an unofficial transcript to the CARES office with your Spring grades.
  • Friday, June 14, 2019IF YOU DO NOT HOLD A CURRENT CALIFORNIA CHILD DEVELOPMENT PERMIT – Apply for, upgrade, or renew a California Child Development Permit.
  • Friday, June 14, 2019 – Submit all required End-of-Semester documents. (See the back of this page for your End-of-Semester Checklist that lists all the documents that must be submitted to Sonoma CARES by June 7th.)


CARES Program Booklet English | Spanish (coming soon)

Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) | Link

Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) | Link

Tips for Accessing Tutoring Services | English & Spanish

Tobacco Cessation Resources | English | Spanish


Sonoma CARES Quality Counts Staff
Susy Marrón, Child Care Planning Council Coordinator | (707) 524-2639
Kaye Moore, CCPC Program Assistant | 707-524-2658

The Sonoma CARES Quality Counts program incorporates funding from First 5 Sonoma County and the California Department of Education’s Staff Retention Program (AB 212).

Leilan, Student
"I like Amarosa because there's a much smaller student count and so teachers can be one-on-one with you. They can actually help you and be one-on-one with you while the class is doing something else. I feel like that's a huge game-changer." - Leilan, Student