High 5 for Quality CARES
Professional Development Incentive Program
High 5 for Quality CARES Professional Development Incentive Program provides professional development, incentives and educational scholarships to early care and education staff in El Dorado County. It is designed to support the quality of early learning programs for children 0 to 5 and their families by incentivizing the educational attainment and effectiveness of our early learning workforce. Professional Development is guided by the California-Quality Rating and Improvement System Quality Continuum Matrix and Professional Development Pathways Core Tools and Resources. CARES emphasizes educational attainment and effective teacher – child interactions and offers three program options.
2016-2017 Annual Requirements
Meet with a Coach and complete a Professional Development Plan in the beginning of program year.
Program Options :
Component A: $500 Stipend awarded in June 2017 — 21 hours of approved Professional Development as described in your professional development plan. Hours may include documented time with Early Learning Coach, CDE Sponsored Training and other pre-approved training.
Component B: $300 scholarship awarded in January 2017 or June 2017 — 3 semester units or 4 quarter units from an accredited community college completed with a “C” or better which makes progress along the CDTC Permit Matrix or completion of an AA degree in ECE or related field.
Component C: $600 scholarship awarded in January 2017 or June 2017($600 Maximum scholarship per year per person; may receive partial payment in January after completion of first course) — 6 semester units or 8 quarter units from an accredited community college completed with a “C” or better which makes progress along the CDTC Permit Matrix or completion of an AA degree in ECE or related field.
Component D: $2000 scholarship awarded in June 2017; may receive partial payment in January 2017 after completion of 6 upper division units — 12 or more upper division BA degree units from an accredited university or college towards BA in Child Development or related major
Review progress on Professional Development plan with a Coach, complete annual evaluation survey and submit documentation for stipend or scholarship.
Eligibility and Enrollment
Have access to a valid email account and high speed internet
Must be 18 years or older and work in a licensed early learning program participating in High 5 for Quality for minimum 15 hours per week for a minimum of nine months of the program year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017)
Must complete online application and complete additional Application Documentation (signed Consent Authorization form and W-9. (See Step 2 on application.)