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. Check out the What's New section for updated information on the CARES program.

CARES Quality Counts application is currently closed for the 2017-2018 program year.

  1. The application is currently closed. Please check back in May 2018 for the 2018 - 2019 application
  2. Submit a completed W-9 form: English | Spanish
  3. Information Releases: SRJC | SSU
  4. Register for a Workforce ID
  5. CDE Short Form: English | Spanish

Applications will not be considered for enrollment until a completed W-9 form, Information Release (if attending the SRJC or SSU) and a Workforce Registry ID using the CDE Short Form has been submitted. Completed documents can be emailed to, faxed to 707-524-2666 or mailed to 5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

What's New

The stipend structure for the 2017-2018 Program have changed as follows:

  • $100 per unit for all ECE units
  • $200 per unit for GE, ESL, or Basic Skills units
  • $300 per unit for BA level classes completed when enrolled in a BA program
  • $500 degree attainment bonus
  • $2,000 stipend maximum

Participants will only be required to meet with an advisor ONCE per program year anytime during Summer, Fall and Springs semesters between 7/1/17 and 6/30/18

End of Year Paperwork

End of Year Checklist English | Spanish

Employment Verification Employment Verification English/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).