Visit the First 5 California website for more information about the CARES Plus program.
Alameda - Colusa - Contra Costa - El Dorado - Fresno
Inyo - Lake - Los Angeles
Madera - Marin - Mariposa
Merced - Modoc - Mono/Alpine
Napa - Orange - Riverside
Sacramento - San Benito
San Bernardino - San Francisco
Santa Barbara - Santa Clara
Shasta - Siskiyou - Solano
Sonoma - Stanislaus - Tehama
Tuolumne - Ventura - Yolo
Visit the Teachstone website for more information.
First 5 California Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards (CARES) Plus is a statewide professional development program for early educators. The program is designed to improve the quality of early learning programs. It focuses on increasing teacher skills, effectiveness, education, and retention. The main objectives are to improve both the quality of early learning programs, and ultimately, improve young children’s learning and developmental outcomes. There are 35 counties across California providing CARES Plus program services at the local level in Round 2, 2014-15 program year. It is anticipated that 5,000 early educators will enroll in the program. Cares Plus is funded by First 5 California in partnership with participating counties.
CARES Plus County Lead Agencies design local CARES Plus programs by providing CORE Requirements and choosing from four professional development options that include: Components A, B, C, and/or D. See CARES Plus Annual, CORE and Component Requirements for more information. Within the CARES Plus options there are provisions for stipends, training, and higher education access that collectively serve to support participants by increasing their teacher effectiveness and qualifications in early childhood education. Contact your local CARES Plus County Lead Agency for additional information regarding your county's program.
There are several distinct roles held by individuals and agencies to implement the CARES Plus program. Below is information about these entities and their role in the program.