Sonoma County Office of Education

Sonoma 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

The CARES Program is full and no longer accepting applications for the 2019/2020 academic year. Please check back in July of 2020 to access program information for the 2020/2021 academic year.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR 2019-20

New Participants

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.
Returning Participants

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. A copy will be available online soon.
  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. **Spring Semester Only**
  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).