Sonoma County Office of Education

Child Care Planning Council

CARES Quality Counts Program Participant Information

Sonoma CARES Quality Counts is a professional development program designed to improve the quality of early learning programs. Check out the What's New section for updated information on the CARES program.

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: SRJC | SSU
  4. Register for a Workforce ID
  5. CDE Short Form: English | Spanish

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.

What's New

The stipend structure for the 2017-2018 Program have changed as follows:

  • $100 per unit for all ECE units
  • $200 per unit for GE, ESL, or Basic Skills units
  • $300 per unit for BA level classes completed when enrolled in a BA program
  • $500 AA/AS degree attainments bonus
  • $1,000 BA/BS degree attainments bonus
  • $3,000 stipend maximum
  • Transitional Kindergarten and Master's degree students can participate

Participants will only be required to meet with an advisor ONCE per program year anytime during Summer, Fall and Springs semesters between 7/1/17 and 6/30/18

Important Deadlines

  • May 18, 2018 – Meet with an advisor/academic counselor for your Fall/Winter and/or Spring advising appointment.
  • May 18, 2018 – Submit verification of your academic or educational plan for Fall/Winter and/or Spring semesters.
  • June 8, 2018 – Complete a minimum of 6 stipend-eligible units with a grade C or better, and submit an unofficial transcript to the CARES office.
  • June 8, 2018 – If you do not hold a CURRENT California Child Development Permit Apply for, upgrade, or renew a California Child Development Permit.
  • June 8, 2018 – Submit all required end of year documents (please refer to your End-of-Year checklist). End-of-Year checklist can be accessed by visiting

End of Year Paperwork

End of Year Checklist English | Spanish

Employment Verification Employment Verification English/Spanish


CARES Program Booklet English | Spanish

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).