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.


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. (TK 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. 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).
  5. Earn less than $60,000 (gross salary) annually from child care. This would be the participant’s income (not the household income).


Sonoma Pathways 2021-2022 School Year:

Sonoma Pathways will be accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year utilizing the CA Workforce Registry beginning on July 1, 2021. Log in to your CA Workforce Registry Profile to apply. If you do not have a Workforce Registry Portal, visit Use this resource to complete your Registry Information: How to Create a User Account. How to Apply: Once logged in, click on "Stipends and Pathways." Click Sonoma Quality Counts Pathways. 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. As this is a year long program, select "Spring 2022" as the time period. Once you submit this portion, you must also upload a completed W9 Form, an Unofficial Transcript to show proof of school enrollment, and an Employment Verification Form. You can find a copy of the W9 form and the Employment Verification Form by clicking here.

The Application Period will Close on July 31, 2021. Enrollment is limited. Incomplete applications will not be accepted, and successful application submission will not guarantee admission.

** If you are a Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) provider, please contact our staff to learn more about our program. Please email or

Sonoma Pathways Año escolar 2021-2022:

Sonoma Pathways aceptará solicitudes para el semestre de verano / otoño de 2021 utilizando el Registro de la fuerza laboral de CA a partir del 1 de julio de 2021. Sonoma Pathways aceptará solicitudes para el semestre de verano/otoño 2021 utilizando el CA Workforce Registry. Inicie sesión en su perfil de CA Workforce Registry para postularse. Si no tiene un Portal de Registro de la Fuerza Laboral, visite Utilice este recurso para completar su Información de registro: Crear Una Cuenta. Cómo postularse: Una vez que haya iniciado sesión, haga clic en "Estipendios y vías" Haga clic en "Sonoma Quality Counts Pathways". 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. Como se trata de un programa de un año, seleccione "Primavera de 2022". Los solicitantes también deben cargar un formulario W9 completo, una transcripción no oficial para mostrar prueba de inscripción escolar y un formulario de verificación de empleo. Puede encontrar una copia del formulario W9 y el Formulario de verificación de empleo haciendo clic aquí.

El período de solicitud se cerrará el 31 de julio de 2021. La inscripción es limitada. No se aceptarán solicitudes incompletas y la presentación exitosa de la solicitud no garantizará la admisión.

** Si usted es un proveedor de Familia, Amigo y Vecino (FFN), comuníquese con nuestro personal para obtener más información sobre nuestro programa. Envíe un correo electrónico a o

END-OF-YEAR Checklist

The following required documents must be submitted by uploading to the workforce registry portal by June 10, 2022. Please use this resource to help you upload documents to the Registry: How to upload documents.

  1. FCC Owners ONLY — Submit a copy of your Family Child Care License to the Registry. AND submit a copy of the "Profit and Loss" schedule C form to or fax to (707) 524-2666.
  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. Complete One Advising session and submit an Educational Plan Outline.
  4. If you earned a degree between July 1, 2021, through June 10, 2022, 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 during the semester, contact our office ASAP! You will need a new W-9 form. English | Spanish

Stipend Information

Participants will receive a stipend at the end of the program year if they successfully complete the program requirements by the specified deadlines. Stipend amounts are based on the number of stipend-eligible units completed with a grade “C" or better at an accredited higher education institution. Course work must be CA Child Development Permit or ECE degree focused. Each participant is eligible to receive a maximum of $3,000 per program year. The following stipend structure is used to determine the total stipend amount. Final stipend amounts may be adjusted based on available funds.

  • $100 per unit for all ECE units
  • $200 per unit for General Education, English as a Second Language, or Basic Skills units
  • $300 per unit for Bachelor or Master Level when enrolled in a BA or MA program
  • $200 CA Child Development Permit attainment, upgrade or renewal bonus
  • $500 AA degree attainment bonus or $1,000 BA/MA degree attainment bonus


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Sonoma Quality Counts Pathways Staff
Susy Marrón, Child Care Planning Council Coordinator | (707) 524-2639,
Erica Hurtado, Child Care Planning Council Program Assistant | (707) 524-2658,

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.