The CARES Plus program is dedicated to increasing the quality of early learning programs for children ages 0 to 5 and their families by supporting the education and professional development of an effective, well-compensated, and diverse early learning workforce. The continuation of the CARES Plus program will 1) allow First 5 California to build on the organizational infrastructure and momentum already created by the current CARES Plus programs throughout the state; 2) provide more counties an opportunity to participate; and 3) potentially leverage additional federal and local funds.
CARES Plus - Round 2 Gearing Up Webinar April 22, 2013 (4-30-13)
CARES Plus - Round 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Request for Application CARES Plus - Round 2 (3-7-2013)
CARES Plus Round 2 Information Webinar March 19, 2013 (3-22-13)
Letter of Interest to First 5 California County Commissions – Due November 9, 2012
October 17, 2012 Commission Meeting – Item #7
Commission Approval of CARES Plus Round 2
- Letter of Intent to Apply and First Right of Refusal (3-19-13)
First 5 County Commissions are required to submit a Letter of Intent to Apply by 5:00 p.m., March 26, 2013. First 5 County Commissions have First Right of Refusal in applying for CARES Plus Round 2 for fiscal years 2013-2016. Local Public Entities may apply on behalf of the county for these funds when a local First 5 Commission chooses not to apply. Please refer to the RFA for detailed instructions about the application process. The letter below includes information about the availability of funds to Local Public Entities and will be updated as needed. Final time and date for First 5 County Commissions to return their Letter of Intent to Apply is 5:00 p.m., March 26, 2013.
- Letter of Intent to Apply (3-27-13)
On October 17, 2012, the State Commission approved up to $14 million per year for CARES Plus for three years (July 1, 2013 June 30, 2016).
Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational
Program was launched in FY 00/01 as a
matching-fund program with 44 county
commissions. State Commission approval for CARES
funding concluded in December 2009. On April 21,
2010, the State Commission approved up to $36
million in funding for
three years (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2013).
CARES Plus builds upon the positive impact of
the original CARES Program. It is designed to
increase the quality of early learning programs
for children 0 to 5 and their families by
supporting the education and preparation of an
effective, well-compensated, and diverse early
learning workforce. The “Plus” represents an
enhancement of earlier CARES components, such as
a strong focus on outcomes and accountability,
an expansion of the CARES Database to an Early
Learning Workforce Registry, and expanding the
Higher Education Plans to Higher Education
Quality Pathway Partnerships.
This section of the CARES Plus Web page has been designed to provide information for the lead agencies currently operating CARES Plus programs. The information included on this page will inform local implementation efforts and highlight state-level requirements. This information will be updated regularly, so please check back often for the latest information.
CARES Plus - Year 2
MyTeachingPartner (MTP) Information For Year 2 Participants
CLASS Observation Information For Year 2 Participants
California Department of Education sponsored trainings for CARES Plus Component A (5-24-12)
The following link is to the Department of Education, Child Development Division web page that identifies approved CARES Plus Component A trainings.
CARES Plus Tobacco Training
CARES Plus Update Presentation at
First 5 Association Summit - July 19, 2012
CARES Plus County Contact Information
Phase II Reporting
To access the CARES Plus RFA or related Forms and Appendicies, please visit the Funding Opportunities page.
- Index of Topics
- August 30, 2011, Conference Call (reposted 9-30-11)
July 12, 2011, Conference Call on Fiscal
June 21, 2011, Conference Call
- June 7, 2011, Conference Call on Component D
- May 24, 2011, Conference Call
- May 10, 2011, Conference Call
To learn more about the data entry system that will be used for the CARES Plus program, please visit the Practice, Research, and Outcomes 0-5 (PRO0F) page.
If you would like to submit a question or comment regarding the CARES Plus program you can do so by sending an email to email@example.com.