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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 include completing online training in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) and a one-hour online training on the dangers of second-hand smoke during the program year. Developing and updating a professional development plan at the beginning and end of the program year is also required to earn a stipend.

CARES Plus Program Overview

See the CARES Plus Program Overview for FIRST-TIME Participants (English).

See the CARES Plus Program Overview for FIRST-TIME Participants (Spanish).

See the CARES Plus Program Overview for RETURNING Participants (English).

See the CARES Plus Program Overview for RETURNING Participants (Spanish).

Training Component

Training information is updated on a regular basis. We ask that you only register up to 21 hours of training.

Newly added options: ECE/CD coursework: 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).

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 (pdf)

In-Person Trainings: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask that you only register up to 21 hours of training.

UC Davis Workshops (pdf) FREE

CPIN Calendar(pdf) FREE - All CPIN trainings are full, no one will be added to the waiting list.

Spring - Inclusion Collaborative Calendar(pdf) Fees may apply

For a complete list of approved trainings for CARES Plus, please visit the CDE website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/compatraining.asp

MyTeachingPartner™ Recruitment

MyTeachingPartner (MTP™) is a targeted, yearlong, one-on-one coaching program focused on helping teachers 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 almost $7,000 in professional development you 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.

To be considered for 2015-2016 program year, please contact Esperanza Cadena at ecadena@wested.org or 408.332.0201.

MTP Introduction Packet (pdf)

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 California Department of Education-Child Development Division, and is operated by the WestEd E3 Institute.

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