First 5 Riverside CARES PlusFirst 5 Riverside CARES Plus



About Riverside County CARES Plus


First 5 Riverside CARES Plus is a program of professional support that provides incentive stipends to eligible early childhood caregivers. In order to work toward a CARES Plus stipend, participants must complete the CORE requirements and be working towards a degree in Child Development, or towards advancing their Child Development Permit level. Participants can enroll in Component B (if no B.A. / B.S. degree), Component C (must have B.A./B.S. degree), or Component D (My Teaching Partner). Additionally, participants have the option of working concurrently in Component A if desired, but will not receive a stipend for this Component until all the requirements for Components B, C or D have been met. All participants must:

  • Provide child care in Riverside County.
  • Work a minimum of 15 hours per week in a licensed or license-exempt* facility with children from birth to 5 years of age; center-based or family child care home.
  • Earn less than $60,000 (gross) per year.

Individuals who receive AB 212 funding in the same fiscal year (July 1–June 30) are not eligible for Riverside County CARES Plus stipend.

*Some license-exempt programs are eligible; school districts, Indian Tribes and military child care. Family, Friend and Neighbor programs do NOT qualify for CARES Plus. If you are unsure if your license-exempt program qualifies, please contact the CARES Plus office for clarification.

Riverside County CARES Plus early care professional assistance tracksRiverside County CARES Plus early care professional assistance tracks

CORE

All First 5 Riverside CARES Plus participants are required to complete the CORE components in order to successfully complete Components A, B or C or D.

Requirements:
  1. Meet with a CARES Plus Advisor and submit a Professional Development Plan (PDP)
  2. Introduction to CLASS (4-6 hours, online)
  3. Looking at CLASSrooms (LAC) – includes Video Library (20-30 hours, online)
  4. CLASS Observation Tool (if selected – involves a pre and post test)
  5. Kids and Smoke Don't Mix (online)

NOTE: Returning participants are not required to complete the Intro to CLASS and Looking at CLASS trainings if already completed BOTH during the 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 program years (for the appropriate grade level being taught). Participants who completed one or the other, and not BOTH, will need to complete BOTH (Intro and Looking at CLASS) during this program year (for the appropriate grade level being taught). Additionally, if participants already completed the Kids and Smoke Don't Mix training during the 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 program years, they are not required to complete it again this year. 

If you are an Infant Toddler Teacher this year, you will need to complete the Intro to CLASS and Looking at CLASSrooms for Infant/Toddlers this year, regardless if you completed the Pre-K Intro to CLASS and Pre-K Looking at CLASSrooms last year, as this was a new addition beginning in the 2012-2013 program year.  If you are a Pre-K teacher, you must complete the Pre-K version of the Intro and Looking at CLASSrooms; if you are an Infant/Toddler teacher, you must complete the Infant/Toddler version of the Intro and Looking at CLASSrooms.

What is CLASS?
The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is an observational tool that focuses on the classroom interactions that boost student learning. Teacher–student interactions are categorized into three domains:

  • Emotional Support
  • Classroom Organization
  • Instructional Support

The goal of CLASS is to help support teachers' individual professional development needs in an effort to provide the most effective classroom environment and increase the opportunity for student success.

For more information on CLASS, please refer to the following website: http://www.teachstone.com/

Component A

Component A consists of California Department of Education (CDE) sponsored trainings. It is completely optional. This component cannot be taken independently, but can be taken simultaneously with Components B, C or D.

NOTE: Individuals in Component D may not count the MTP hours towards the 21 required Component A professional growth hours.

Minimum Requirements:

Participants must complete a minimum of 21 hours per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Available Training Options:

  • Foundations
  • Preschool Curriculum Framework
  • Learning and Development System
  • Competencies
  • English Learners Guide (PEL)
  • Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP 2010)
  • Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)
  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (CSEFEL)

CDD-Approved CARES Plus Component A Training List and Contact Information

Component B

Component B focuses on higher education and is required for ALL CARES Plus participants who are working toward their associate, bachelor, or higher level degree in ECE.

Minimum Requirements:

This Component carries a minimum of 6 units per fiscal year (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013), up to a maximum of 12 units.

Lower Division 8 Coursework

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Child, Family and Community
  • Introduction to Curriculum
  • Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Teaching in a Diverse Society
  • Practicum
Entry Track
  • Participants must have completed at least 3 units in Early Childhood Education (ECE) core coursework prior to application.
  • Participants will complete a minimum of 6 units in ECE core coursework during the program.
  • Maximum of 9 ECE units in ECE core coursework will be accepted in one program year (July 1 – June 30).
  • Stipend Amount - $300 per 3 unit course, up to a maximum stipend amount of $900
Permit Track
  • Participants must have completed at least 9 units in ECE core coursework prior to application.
  • Participants will complete a minimum of 6 units in ECE or General Education during the program year to work toward an Associate Teacher or higher level permit OR pursue an AA/AS degree in ECE. Individuals enrolled in a four-year college, working towards a BA/BS degree in ECE, can qualify for this track during their freshman or sophomore year.

  • Participants will apply for Associate Teacher permit or higher.
  • Stipend Amount - $500 per 3 unit course, up to a maximum stipend amount of $2,000.

Degree Track
  • Must have attained an AA/AS degree (or equivalent) in ECE (or closely related field) and be working toward a BA/BS or higher level degree in ECE (or closely related field), and have attained a junior/senior level status. Must currently be enrolled in a four-year college.

  • Participants must hold, or apply for, a valid Teacher permit or higher.
  • Participants will complete a minimum of 6 units in college coursework to work toward a bachelor's degree or higher in ECE or related field.
  • Maximum of 12 units in college coursework will be accepted in one program year (July 1 – June 30).
  • Stipend Amount - $750 per 3 unit course, up to a maximum stipend amount of $3,000.

Component C

This is the advising component which allows individuals to provide advising to CARES Plus participants and help them develop their Professional Development Plan (PDP). In order to qualify as a Component C Advisor, individuals must hold a bachelor's degree in child development (or closely related field) and complete the CORE requirements and additional CLASS trainings (4-hr Intro to CLASS/Toddler, 6-hr Intro to CLASS/Pre-K), prior to advising participants.

Minimum Requirements:
  • B.A./B.S. degree in ECE or related field.
  • Participate in 18 hours of approved professional development activities.
  • Attend leadership trainings.
  • Compose and implement an annual self-evaluation/Professional Development Plan (PDP).
  • Function as an advisor with CARES Plus participants. Provide advising and mentoring support in the entry, permit and degree tracks of Component B or Component D.
  • Center-Based CARES Plus Advisor – Must have a minimum of THREE consecutive years of early childhood experience.
  • Family Child Care CARES Plus Advisor – Must have a minimum of FIVE consecutive years of experience as a licensed provider.

Component D

CARES Plus began offering an additional Component option starting in the 2012-2013 program year for returning participants only. This option is called Component D – My Teaching Partner (offered through Teachstone). My Teaching Partner is a supportive, year-long, one-on-one coaching program utilizing the CLASS Observation that is focused on helping teachers interact more effectively with children. MTP coaches will work closely with teachers to explore the teachers' interactions with children using video from their classrooms.

  • Teachers will engage in ongoing, two-week coaching cycles throughout the program year. Teachers will spend approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours during each two-week cycle on MTP-related activities.
  • Participants will be randomly selected.Component D is offered for Returning CARES Plus Participants only.
  • Stipend Amount - Upon Completion of Component D $1,500 + May take a maximum of 6 units of Community College units for Max Stipend of $2,500 or 6 units of four-year College units for Max Stipend of $3,000.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

First 5 Riverside CARES Plus
UC Riverside Extension Center

1200 University Ave., Ste. 340
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-3484
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7185
E-mail:

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