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Developed by First 5 California, CARES Plus is a statewide professional development program for early educators to improve the quality of early learning programs by focusing on increasing the quality, effectiveness, and retention of early educators. Its main objectives are to improve both the quality of early learning programs, and ultimately, improve young children’s learning and developmental outcomes.
Requirements must be completed during the program year and include completing online training in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) and a one-hour online training on the dangers of second-hand smoke. Developing and updating a professional development plan at the beginning and end of the program year is also required to earn a stipend.
Enrollment deadline for CARES Plus program year 2015-2016 has passed.
See the CARES Plus FACT SHEET (English).
See the CARES Plus FACT SHEET (Spanish).
See the CARES Plus Program Overview First Time (English).
See the CARES Plus Program Overview Returning (English).
See the CARES Plus Program Overview First Time (Spanish).
See the CARES Plus Program Overview Returning (Spanish).
Training information is updated regularly. We ask that you only register up to 21 hours of training.
Online Trainings: The following trainings are now available online: California Early Childhood Online. Please follow the steps outlined in the instruction sheets and complete any of the trainings. Participants who choose to take online trainings will receive limited technical support from the CARES Plus program.
California Early Childhood Online Instructions(pdf)
Or you can view the tutorial here:
CECO Tutorial Video
CPIN Calendar (fees may apply)
Family Child Care at Its Best (free)
Teaching Pyramid: CA CSEFEL - Weekdays (fees apply)
Teaching Pyramid: CA CSEFEL - Saturdays (fees apply)
For a complete list of approved trainings for CARES Plus, please visit the California Department of Education website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/compatraining.asp
Participants enrolled in the Training Component now may use unit-bearing courses to meet the 21 hour professional development requirements by completing a minimum of 2 semester units or 3 quarter units of Early Childhood Education or Child Development coursework (equivalent to 30 hours of professional development) and converting the units to professional development (PD) hours under the following circumstances:
- The coursework is offered through a WASC-accredited higher education institution.
- The participant obtains a grade of “C” or better.
- The coursework must be ECE or CD courses only (ESL or GE units do not count for this option)
MyTeachingPartner (MTP™) is a targeted, yearlong, one-on-one coaching program focused on helping teachers learn to interact more effectively with children. This is a unique professional development opportunity for early educators in Santa Clara County. Only a limited number of people will be selected to participate in this project. Priority for participation is given to lead teachers or higher-level educators in the field. Participants engage in an intensive 8- to 10-month one-on-one coaching process to enhance teacher-child interactions in the classroom. The CLASS Dimensions provide the foundation for the discussions between coaches and participants to enhance the quality of classroom interactions. Video recordings for assessment and conference calls are conducted bi-weekly.
The training, including all materials, will be provided free of charge. This is nearly $7,000 in professional development participants receive FREE under CARES Plus. Participants will earn a $1,200 stipend upon completion of the coaching program. New CARES Plus participants will earn an additional $500 for completion of required Core trainings.
for more information.
California Child Development Permit:
Please visit the following websites for assistance in obtaining or upgrading your permit: Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) www.childdevelopment.org or California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) www.ctc.ca.gov.
Translation and Evaluation of International Education Documents:
The WestEd E3 Institute is offering translation and evaluation of international education documents for CARES Plus participants. For more information, click here International Education Translation and Evaluation Services.
Santa Clara CARES Plus is funded by First 5 California, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, and the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education, and is administered by the WestEd E3 Institute.