CARES Quality Counts is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 program, stipends to child care professionals and Transitional Kindergarten teachers

CARES Quality Counts Program Participant Information

CARES 2019-2020 stipend program flyer

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.


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).

For more information, please refer to our program booklet. English | Spanish


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, faxed to 707-524-2666 or mailed to 5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

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