Sonoma County Office of Education

Child Care Planning Council

CARES Quality Counts Program Participant Information

Sonoma CARES is a professional development program that supports Early Educators working with young children. The program provides stipends to child care professionals and Transitional Kindergarten teachers to raise the quality of child care programs with the ultimate goal being to improve children’s learning and development outcomes. The program is administered by the Child Care Planning Council of Sonoma and is funded by First 5 Sonoma.

ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION

In order to enroll in CARES program participants must meet the following:

  1. Be employed in a licensed center, licensed family child care home, an approved licensed afterschool program or an approved license-exempt child care setting
  2. Currently working directly with children a minimum of 15 hours per week. Supervising staff must also work directly with children a minimum of 15 hours per week.
  3. Be currently enrolled in minimum of 3 units of degree and/or CA Child Development Permit focused coursework
  4. Earn less than $60,000 (gross salary) annually from child care. This would be the participant’s income (not the household income).
  5. For more information, please refer to our program booklet. English | Spanish

APPLICATION

CARES Quality counts will be accepting New Applicants beginning July 1, 2019 for the Fall 2019 semester on a first come, first serve 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 previously registered for a workforce registry ID.
*** All new 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 ehurtado@scoe.org, faxed to 707-524-2666 or mailed to 5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR 2019-20

SUMMER AND/OR FALL SEMESTERS

Sept. 27, 2019 Submit a copy of your Summer and/or Fall schedule
Nov. 15, 2019 Meet with a counselor to develop an Academic Plan and submit a copy of the plan. * SRJC Students
Jan. 10, 2020 Submit ALL required End-of-the semester documents. Please refer to the End-of-the-semester check-list.

WINTER AND/OR SPRING SEMESTERS

Mar. 27, 2020 Submit a copy of your Winter and/or Spring schedule
Jun. 12, 2020 Apply for a CA Child Development Permit if you do not currently hold one. This requirement is waived for participants who have not completed a minimum of 6 ECE units by the end of the semester.
Jun. 12, 2020 Submit ALL required End-of-the semester documents. Please refer to the End-of-the-semester check-list.

SUMMER AND/OR FALL SEMESTERS

Sept. 27, 2019 Submit a copy of your Summer and/or Fall schedule
Jan. 10, 2020 Apply for, renew, or upgrade a CA Child Development Permit if you do not currently hold a valid one.
Jan. 10, 2020 Submit ALL required End-of-the semester documents. Please refer to the End-of-the-semester check-list.

WINTER AND/OR SPRING SEMESTERS

Mar. 27, 2020 Submit a copy of your Winter and/or Spring schedule
Jun. 12, 2020 Apply for a CA Child Development Permit if you do not currently hold one. This requirement is waived for participants who have not completed a minimum of 6 ECE units by the end of the semester.
Jun. 12, 2020 Submit ALL required End-of-the semester documents. Please refer to the End-of-the-semester check-list.

END-OF-SEMESTER CHECKLIST

  1. Submit a completed Employment Verification Form. This form will be mailed to you at the end of the semester that you are enrolled. You can also obtain a copy of the Employment Verification Form online.
  2. FCC Owners ONLY — Submit a copy of your Family Child Care License. AND submit a copy of the "Profit and Loss" schedule C form of your current fiscal taxes.
  3. Submit proof of holding/applying for a current CA Child Development Permit. Valid proof of permit includes the following: Copy of CA Child Development Permit, a copy of Verification of Completion Form signed by SRJC, or a copy of the Certified mail receipt used to mail your permit application.
  4. If you earned a degree between July 1, 2019, through June 12, 2020, submit one of the following: A copy of your diploma, a copy of your unofficial transcripts that states your degree, a copy of a candidate for completion degree letter signed by the Vice President of Student Services.
  5. Submit a copy of your Summer/Fall grades for a Fall stipend AND your Winter/Spring grades for a Spring stipend.
  6. Complete the Sonoma CARES survey (optional)
  7. If you change your address anytime during the semester, contact our office ASAP! You will need a new W-9 form. English | Spanish

Resources

Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) | Link

Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) | Link

Tips for Accessing Tutoring Services | English | Spanish

Tobacco Cessation Resources | Link

Contacts

Sonoma CARES Quality Counts Staff
Susy Marrón, Child Care Planning Council Coordinator | (707) 524-2639, smarron@scoe.org
Erica Hurtado, Child Care Planning Council Program Assistant | (707) 524-2658, ehurtado@scoe.org


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).