Sonoma County Office of Education

Sonoma Quality Counts Pathways Participant Information

Sonoma Pathways (formerly known as Sonoma CARES Quality Counts) is a professional development program that supports Early Educators working with young children. The program provides stipends and support to child care professionals who are taking classes to obtain a CA Child Development Permit and an Early Childhood Education degree. The goal of our program is to raise the quality of child care programs with the ultimate goal being to improve children’s learning and development outcomes. The goal of our program is 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 the QCC Pathways Grant.



ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION / ELEGIBILIDAD Y PARTICIPACIÓN

Our Program now offers 2 Pathways. One for Licensed Child Care Settings, and one for Licensed-Exempt Settings. The following are the Eligibility requirements for the College Credit Pathway and the Professional Development Pathway:

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

  1. Reside and be employed in Sonoma County.
  2. Be currently employed in an approved license-exempt child care setting as a Friend, Family, Neighbor Provider that accepts some form of California early learning subsidy. The children served must be between the ages of 0 to 5 years old. Employment will need to be verified.
  3. Working directly with children a minimum of 15 hours per week if employed. Supervising staff must also work directly with children a minimum of 15 hours per week.
  4. Be currently enrolled in a minimum of one unit of CA Child Development Permit and ECE Degree focused courses at an accredited college (Approved Non-unit Courses are eligible). OR work as a Friend, Family, Neighbor planning to take at least 10 hours of Professional development.
  5. Earn less than $75,000 (gross salary) annually from child care. This would be the participant’s income (not the household income).

Para inscribirse en el programa Pathways, los participantes deben cumplir con lo siguiente:

  1. Residir y estar empleado en el condado de Sonoma.
  2. Estar empleado actualmente en un entorno de cuidado infantil exento de licencia aprobado como proveedor de Amigo, Familia, Vecino que acepta algún tipo de subsidio de aprendizaje temprano de California. Los niños atendidos deben tener entre 0 y 5 años de edad. El empleo tendrá que ser verificado.
  3. Trabajar directamente con niños un mínimo de 15 horas por semana si es empleado. El personal de supervisión también debe trabajar directamente con los niños un mínimo de 15 horas por semana.
  4. Planee inscribirse y completar al menos 10 horas de desarrollo profesional durante el período del 1 de julio de 2022 al 12 de junio de 2023.
  5. Ganar menos de $75,000 (salario bruto) anualmente del cuidado de niños. Este sería el ingreso del participante (no el ingreso del hogar).

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

  1. Reside and be employed in Sonoma County.
  2. Be currently employed in a licensed center, licensed family child care home, or an approved license-exempt child care setting that accepts some form of California early learning subsidy. The children served must be between the ages of 0 to 5 years old. Employment will need to be verified. (Transitional Kindergarten not eligible).
  3. Working directly with children a minimum of 15 hours per week if employed. Supervising staff must also work directly with children a minimum of 15 hours per week.
  4. Earn less than $75,000 (gross salary) annually from child care. This would be the participant’s income (not the household income).

Para inscribirse en el programa Pathways, los participantes deben cumplir con lo siguiente:

  1. Residir y estar empleado en el condado de Sonoma.
  2. Estar empleado actualmente en un centro con licencia, un hogar de cuidado infantil familiar con licencia o un entorno de cuidado infantil exento de licencia aprobado que acepte algún tipo de subsidio de aprendizaje temprano de California. Los niños atendidos deben tener entre 0 y 5 años de edad. El empleo tendrá que ser verificado. (Kindergarten de Transición no es elegible).
  3. Trabajar directamente con niños un mínimo de 15 horas por semana si es empleado. El personal de supervisión también debe trabajar directamente con los niños un mínimo de 15 horas por semana.
  4. Estar actualmente matriculado en un mínimo de una unidad de CA Permiso de desarrollo infantil y cursos enfocados en el título ECE en una universidad acreditada (los cursos aprobados que no son unidades son elegibles).
  5. Ganar menos de $75,000 (salario bruto) anualmente del cuidado de niños. Este sería el ingreso del participante (no el ingreso del hogar).

APPLICATION

Sonoma Pathways 2022-2023 School Year:

Sonoma Pathways will be accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year utilizing the CA Workforce Registry beginning on July 1, 2022. The Application Period will Close on July 31, 2022. Enrollment is limited. Incomplete applications will not be accepted, and successful application submission will not guarantee admission.

  1. Log in to your CA Workforce Registry Profile to apply. If you do not have a Workforce Registry Portal, visit https://www.caregistry.org. Use this resource to complete your Registry Information: How to Create a User Account.
  2. Once logged in, click on "Stipends and Pathways."
  3. Click Sonoma Quality Counts Pathways.
  4. Make sure to confirm your personal information is correct. This page of information was generated by the information provided from your Registry Account. The address should match what will be reported on the W9 form. The accuracy of this information will determine eligibility.
  5. As this is a year long program, select "Spring 2023" as the time period.
  6. Select Stipend “Professional Development” and input as much information as possible.
  7. Select Submit.
  8. Once you submit this portion, you must also upload a
    1. W9 Form (only if New to our program) to the Registry
    2. You will also be required to submit A copy of a recent Pay Stub to prove employment and income level.. Pay stubs will not be required to be uploaded to the registry. You may email a copy of your pay stub to ehurtado@scoe.org OR mail a copy to our office at Sonoma Pathways 5340 Skylane Blvd. Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
  9. For assistance on how to upload documents to the Registry, please use the following resource: Upload Your Training Documents.
  1. Log in to your CA Workforce Registry Profile. If you do not have a Workforce Registry Portal, visit https://www.caregistry.org. Use this resource to complete your Registry Information: How to Create a User Account.
  2. Once logged in, click on "Stipends and Pathways."
  3. Click Sonoma Quality Counts Pathways.
  4. Make sure to confirm your personal information is correct. This page of information was generated by the information provided from your Registry Account. The address should match what will be reported on the W9 form. The accuracy of this information will determine eligibility.
  5. As this is a yearlong program, select "Spring 2023" as the time period.
  6. Select “college credit” for stipend type enter school information.
  7. Click "Submit"
  8. Once you submit this portion, you must also upload the following supplemental documents
    1. W9 Form (only if New to our program)
    2. Unofficial Transcript to show proof of school enrollment (FFNS need not upload a Transcript)
    3. Employment Verification Form
    4. FCC Owners ONLY A Profit and Loss form (2021)-This form is not required to be uploaded to the Registry. You may email a copy of your pay stub to ehurtado@scoe.org OR mail a copy to our office at Sonoma Pathways 5340 Skylane Blvd. Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
  9. For assistance on how to upload documents to the Registry, please use the following resource: Upload Your Training Documents.

Sonoma Pathways Año escolar 2022-2023:

Sonoma Pathways aceptará solicitudes para el año 2022-2023 utilizando el Registro de la fuerza laboral de CA a partir del 1 de julio de 2022.. El período de solicitud se cerrará el 31 de julio de 2022. La inscripción es limitada. No se aceptarán solicitudes incompletas y la presentación exitosa de la solicitud no garantizará la admisión.

  1. Inicie sesión en su perfil de CA Workforce Registry para postularse. Si no tiene un Portal de Registro de la Fuerza Laboral, visite www.careregistry.org. Utilice este recurso para completar su Información de registro: Crear Una Cuenta.
  2. Una vez que haya iniciado sesión, haga clic en "Estipendios y Pasos."
  3. Haga clic en "Sonoma Quality Counts Pathways."
  4. Asegúrese de confirmar que su información personal sea correcta. Esta página de información fue generada por la información proporcionada desde su Cuenta de Registro. La dirección debe coincidir con lo que se informa en el formulario W9. La exactitud de esta información determinará la elegibilidad.
  5. Como este es un programa de un año, seleccione "Primavera de 2023" como peridodo de tiepmpo.
  6. Seleccione Estipendio "Desarrollo profesional" e ingrese la mayor cantidad de información posible.
  7. Haga clic en “Enviar” (submit).
  8. Una vez que envíe esta parte, también debe cargar una
    1. Formulario W9 (solo si es nuevo en nuestro programa) para el Registro.
    2. También se le pedirá que presente una copia de un talón de pago reciente para comprobar el empleo y el nivel de ingresos. No se requerirá que los talones de pago se carguen en el registro. Puede enviar una copia de su talón de pago por correo electrónico a ehurtado@scoe.org O enviar una copia por correo a nuestra oficina en Sonoma Pathways 5340 Skylane Blvd. Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
  9. Para obtener ayuda sobre cómo cargar documentos en el Registro, utilice el siguiente recurso: Subir sus documentos.
  1. Inicie sesión en su perfil de CA Workforce Registry para postularse. Si no tiene un Portal de Registro de la Fuerza Laboral, visite www.careregistry.org. Utilice este recurso para completar su Información de registro: Crear Una Cuenta.
  2. Una vez que haya iniciado sesión, haga clic en "Estipendios y Pasos."
  3. Haga clic en "Sonoma Quality Counts Pathways."
  4. Asegúrese de confirmar que su información personal sea correcta. Esta página de información fue generada por la información proporcionada desde su Cuenta de Registro. La dirección debe coincidir con lo que se informa en el formulario W9. La exactitud de esta información determinará la elegibilidad.
  5. Como este es un programa de un año, seleccione "Primavera de 2023" como peridodo de tiepmpo.
  6. Seleccione "crédito universitario" para el tipo de estipendio, ingrese la información de la escuela.
  7. Haga clic en “Enviar” (submit).
  8. Una vez que envíe esta parte, también debe cargar una
    1. Formulario W9 (solo si es nuevo en nuestro programa)
    2. Transcripción no oficial para mostrar prueba de inscripción escolar (FFNS no necesita cargar una Transcripción)
    3. Formulario de Verificación de Empleo.
    4. Propietarios de FCC SOLAMENTE Un formulario de pérdidas y ganancias (2021): no es necesario cargar este formulario en el Registro. Puede enviar una copia de su talón de pago por correo electrónico a ehurtado@scoe.org O enviar una copia por correo a nuestra oficina en Sonoma Pathways 5340 Skylane Blvd. Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
  9. Para obtener ayuda sobre cómo cargar documentos en el Registro, utilice el siguiente recurso: Subir sus documentos.

End of the Year Required Documents

The following required documents must be submitted by uploading to the workforce registry portal by June 12, 2023. Please use this resource to help you upload documents to the Registry: How to upload documents.

  1. Submit Proof of 10 Professional Development Hours Completed. Proof can be Certificates of Completion, Registry Copies that state attendance, or Attendance Certificates.
  2. Complete the Sonoma Pathways Survey. (This form will be emailed to you at the end of the school year).
  3. If you change your address anytime, contact our office ASAP! You will need a new W-9 form. English | Spanish
  1. FCC Owners ONLY — Submit a copy of your Family Child Care License to the Registry.
  2. 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.
  3. Hold a Current Educational Plan that was developed with a School Advisor.
  4. If you earned a degree between July 1, 2022, through June 12, 2023, 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 another unofficial transcript that shows your Summer/Fall grades AND Winter/Spring grades.
  6. Complete the Sonoma Pathways survey. (This form will be emailed to you at the end of the school year).
  7. If you change your address anytime, contact our office ASAP! You will need a new W-9 form. English | Spanish

Stipend Information

The program is administered by the Child Care Planning Council of Sonoma (CCPC) and is funded by the California Department of Social Services. Participants will receive a scholarship and/or stipend if they successfully complete the program requirements by the specified deadlines. The maximum that can be received by each participant is $3,000 per program year for the college credit pathway and $500 for the professional development pathway. Stipend amounts are based on the Pathway chosen, but the Final stipends may be adjusted based on available funds.

  • $100 per unit for all ECE units completed with at least a grade “C"
  • $200 per unit for General Education, English as a Second Language, or Basic Skills units completed with at least a grade “C"
  • $300 per unit for Bachelor or Master Level when enrolled in a BA or MA program completed with at least a grade “C"
  • $200 Peer Networking/Cohort participation bonus
  • $200 CA Child Development permit attainment, upgrade, or renewal bonus
  • $500 AA degree attainment bonus or $1,000 BA/MA degree attainment bonus
  • $500 for completing 10 hours of Professional Development

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 Quality Counts Pathways 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 program is administered by the Child Care Planning Council of Sonoma and is funded by the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant and the California Department of Education.