Sonoma County Office of Education

Child Care Planning Council

CARES Quality Counts Program Participant Information

Sonoma CARES Quality Counts is a professional development program designed to improve the quality of early learning programs.

CARES Quality Counts will be limited to the first 100 applicants! Priority will be given to educators working in sites that are participating in the QIRS Quality Counts Program. In order to be considered for the program follow the steps below.

  1. Submit a completed W-9 form: English | Spanish
  2. Submit a completed CDE Confidential Profile: English | Spanish

Applications will not be considered for enrollment until a completed W-9 form and CDE Confidential Profile has been submitted. Completed documents can be emailed to, faxed to 707-524-2666 or mailed to 5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

Important Deadlines for 2016-2017

Sept. 30, 2016

Submit a copy of your Summer and/or Fall, 2016 schedule to Sonoma CARES.

Dec. 16, 2016

Meet with an advisor/academic counselor at your college or university for your Fall advising appointment.*

Dec. 16, 2016

Submit verification of your academic or educational plan for Summer and Fall semesters/quarters to the CARES office.

March 31, 2017

Submit a copy of your Winter and/or Spring, 2017 schedule to Sonoma CARES.

May 19, 2017

Meet with an advisor/academic counselor for your Spring advising appointment.

May 19, 2017

Submit verification of your academic or educational plan for Winter and/or Spring semesters.

June 10, 2017

Complete a minimum of 6 stipend eligible units with a grade C or better, and submit an unofficial transcript to the CARES office.

June 10, 2017

If You Do Not Hold a CURRENT California Child Development Permit – Apply for, upgrade, or renew a California Child Development Permit.

June 10, 2017

Submit all required end of year documents (please refer to your End-of-the-Year checklist).

*Please check with your higher education institution to verify the last day that advising appointments are available each semester. Dates may be earlier than the deadline date.

All Participants

Submit all required end-of-year documents by 4:30pm on June 10, 2017.

End-of-Year Checklists:
All Participants | English | Spanish

Forms & Documents

All forms and documents available as PDFs

W-9 Tax Payer Identification Form | English | Spanish

Employment Verification Form | English and Spanish


CARES Program Booklet English | Spanish

Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) | Link

Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) | Link

Tips for Accessing Tutoring Services | English & Spanish

Tobacco Cessation Resources | English | Spanish


Sonoma CARES Quality Counts Staff
Susy Marrón, Child Care Planning Council Coordinator | (707) 524-2639
Kaye Moore, CCPC Program Assistant | 707-524-2658

The Sonoma CARES Quality Counts program incorporates funding from First 5 Sonoma County and the California Department of Education’s Staff Retention Program (AB 212).