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The professional development stipend encourages education and recognizes early care and education professionals' achievements. Participants have the opportunity to take part in a variety of professional development activities of their choice each year. See the options here.

If you meet the eligibility, we welcome you to apply! To be eligible, you must work in one of the following and meet all the criteria:

1. Licensed Private Child Care Program (Center or Family Child Care) for children 0-5 years of age

 

  • Your program is participating in Quality Counts CA – Early Quality Matters program

  • Your employment directly affects the children in the child care program

    • Included staff: program directors*, site supervisors*, head/master teachers, teachers, teacher aides, family child care and their staff, classroom substitutes working on a consistent and continued basis for 9 months and 60 hours per month * Employed by the child care agency and can qualify to be a substitute in a classroom when needed

    • Excluded staff: cooks, housekeepers, bus drivers, groundskeepers, maintenance staff, family service workers, office staff, volunteers, R&R child care employees visiting/monitoring/supporting child care programs, home visitors not connected with a center-based component, nurses, health aides, exempt in-home care providers

  • Have a CA Workforce Registration ID #

  • At the time of the stipend request (May 15th, 2021), you:

    • Worked consistently at the same program for a minimum of 15 hours per week and for at least nine (9) months 

2. CA State Preschool Program or CDE Center based Program for children 0-5 years of age

 

  • Your program is participating in Quality Counts CA – Early Quality Matters program, as a rated (or to be rated) site

  • Your employment directly affects the children in the child care program

    • Included staff: program directors*, site supervisors*, head/master teachers, teachers, teacher aides, family child care and their staff, classroom substitutes working on a consistent and continued basis for 9 months and 60 hours per month * Employed by the child care agency and can qualify to be a substitute in a classroom when needed

    • Excluded staff: cooks, housekeepers, bus drivers, groundskeepers, maintenance staff, family service workers, office staff, volunteers, R&R child care employees visiting/monitoring/supporting child care programs, home visitors not connected with a center-based component, nurses, health aides, exempt in-home care providers

  • Have a CA Workforce Registration ID #

  • At the time of the stipend request (May 15th, 2021), you:

    • Worked consistently at the same program for a minimum of 15 hours per week and for at least nine (9) month

    • ​​Have a valid Child Development Permit OR choose Option 1 and with a Professional Growth Advisor, create a PD Plan to apply for a CD Permit

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3. Family, Friend, Neighbor Provider

 

  • You actively care for a child(ren) ages 0-5 other than your own 

  • At the time of the stipend request (May 15th, 2021), you

    • ​Provided care for the same child/ren for a minimum of six (6) hours per week and for at least nine (9) months

    • ​​Complete the EQM self-certification in caring for child(ren) – form will be provided

    • Create a CA Workforce Registration ID #

4. An alternative program that provides developmental services to children ages 0-5

  • You work with children ages 0-5 

  • At the time of the stipend request (May 15th, 2021), you

    • Create a CA Workforce Registration ID #