IMPORTANT UPDATE: This is the last year of CARES PLUS.
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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.
The deadline to file an appeal for 2015-2016 CARES Plus program year is August 31, 2016.
If you must file an appeal for the program year 2015-2016, please download the appeal form below and submit it to WestEd E3 Institute by 5 PM on August 31, 2016. The form may be sent via email or U.S. Postal Service. If mailed via the postal service, it must be postmarked by August 31, 2016.
CARES Plus Year Five Appeal Form(pdf)