CARES 3.0 Spring Application Period is April 1-30, 2024
What is CARES 3.0?
The Compensation and Retention for Early Educators Stipend (CARES 3.0) is the newest iteration of a stipend program designed to support the early educators of San Francisco who are working within the network of city-funded settings. This new iteration of the CARES program considers the percentage of our priority population being served by programs and places each program into a tier (see table below). The stipend amount is then determined by each educator’s education level and experience, considering degree, early education units obtained, and CA ECE permit level.
To see the tiers and which educators are eligible for CARES 3.0, visit the Workforce Compensation page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible?
- To be considered eligible for the spring 2023 CARES 3.0 stipend program you must:
- Be employed by an Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) or Preschool for All (PFA) program that has been deemed eligible by the Department of Early Childhood
- Work directly with children for at least 20 hours a week
A list of eligible programs and their tier information can be found using the links below:
(Links include list of all CARES 3.0 eligible programs with Business name, License Number, Tier)
Note for employers:
All CARES applicants will need to be verified on the California ECE Workforce Registry. As a funding entity the San Francisco Department of Early Childhood reserves the right to request copies of payroll information and employee work schedules to verify employment if necessary.
For support with Employer Administration on the CA ECE Workforce Registry please contact the Help Desk at Children’s Council email@example.com or 415-343-4669.
Note for SFUSD EED applicants:
Only the following classifications/positions working in eligible PreK settings are eligible:
- Paraprofessionals – C Series, A01 and S10
- Substitute teachers and substitute paraeducators
Hours worked in Out-of-School Time and TK settings cannot be counted toward eligibility for CARES 3.0
Here are a few examples of how to determine your stipend amount:
Teacher A: Green tier FCC Owner/Provider, works full time and has 12 core units verified on the CA ECE Workforce Registry (no permit on file) is eligible for $7,540 per round
Teacher B: Blue tier FCC aide, works part-time and has associate teacher permit verified on registry is eligible for $5,000 per round
Teacher C: Orange tier educator, works as lead teacher FT and has a verified MA degree in a related field with 24 ECE units verified on the registry is eligible for $5,000 per round
The tables linked below reflect the stipend amounts for each tier and the information required to be verified by the CA ECE Workforce Registry.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to apply for each stipend round (Fall and Spring), and it is the responsibility of each applicant to continuously check their email for updates and communications from the CARES 3.0 team and ensure their profile information and the W-9 on file is up to date.
Guide for Applying to CARES 3.0
W-9 Form Guide
- Login to the CA ECE Workforce Registry and submit a CARES 3.0 Application (Please take time to review the application guide for step-by-step instructions)
- After the application is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant (if you do not receive this email, please reach out to the CARES team)
- A CARES 3.0 team member will review the application information including employment, verified documents on file, and program eligibility
- An approval or denial email will be sent after the application period closes
- If approved, we will verify that all W-9 information is on file, matches the registry information, and will send an approval email with your projected stipend amount within two weeks of the closed application period
- Once the stipend check is printed and sent, we will send a paid email notifying the applicant that their check is on the way.
Support & Resources
Payroll Documentation Policy Memo
Tier Determination Policy for Fall 2023
Financial Advisory Resources
Reporting and Tax Requirements for Small Business Employers
Questions about your eligibility?
Contact the CARES 3.0 team:
ECEstipend@sfgov.org or 415.355.3668*
*We are currently experiencing technical issues with our phone line. Please email us or call the main DEC line and leave a message for the CARES team there.
Main DEC phone: 415.355.3670
Questions about your uploaded transcripts and documents?
Contact the CA ECE Workforce Registry Staff 855.645.0826 or login to your registry account and click “Contact Us” in the top right.