Cares 2.0

Spring 2020 CARES 2.0 Stipend Applications are Now Closed.

Please check back in Fall 2020 for information on the next round of stipends.

Important updates for Spring 2020 Applicants:

  • If you received an email with your stipend amount, please allow 30 days for the check to arrive at your preferred mailing address. If it has been more than 30 days, contact the Help Desk at Children’s Council at 415-343-4669 or
  • The W-9 reviews will be completed this Friday, June 19th, and the last two rounds of checks being mailed out will be June 22 and June 29.  
  • If you have not received an email with your stipend amount, it could have been bounced to your junk or spam folder so be sure to check these folders in your email. You can also view your status by logging into to the CA ECE Workforce Registry and click “Stipends and Pathways,” and then “My Stipends,” if your stipend status is “approved” this means we are currently unable to process the payment because there is an issue with your W9. Please contact us via phone or email.  CARES 2.0- 415-355-3668 or 

What is CARES 2.0?

The Compensation and Retention Early Educator Stipend (CARES 2.0) was created in partnership with First 5 San Francisco to support early educators in San Francisco.

The Office of Early Care and Education is set to distribute $30 million between 2019-2021 to educators employed at city-funded licensed family child care and center-based programs in San Francisco. The first distribution took place in the Fall of 2019 and educators can now apply for the second distribution.

A series of community roundtables and workgroup sessions with early educators and community stakeholders helped identify eligibility criteria and guidelines for CARES 2.0, ensuring that:

  • Stipends are distributed twice a year 
  • Equal stipend amounts are awarded to all recipients 
  • Eligible educators work directly with children for at least 20 hours a week

Who is eligible?

To be considered eligible for the Spring 2020 CARES 2.0 stipend applicants must:

  1. Be employed by a program within the Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) or Preschool for All (PFA) networks (for a list of all eligible programs see link below).
  2. Work with children directly for at least 20 hours a week (this must have been the case before March 16, 2020).
  3. Have an ECE workforce registry account to access the application.

All programs eligible for CARES 2.0

How to Apply

Step-by-Step Guide for applying to CARES 2.0

Important information:

  • W-9 forms are only required if you are a new applicant to the CARES 2.0 program or you are a returning applicant who has changed the information on their previously submitted W-9 (name, address, identifying information). 
  • Checks will be disseminated on a rolling basis as applications are being approved by the CARES 2.0 team and Children’s Council. 

Stipend Process:

  1. After your application is complete, you will receive an email verifying that you have submitted an application. 
  2. Our team will then review your application and payment information. You will be contacted if any additional information is needed. 
  3. Once your application has been reviewed and approved, we will update your status to “approved” and you will be sent a “Paid Application” email with your final stipend amount.  
  4. You should receive your stipend within 30 days of your “Paid Application” email. 

Support & Resources

For questions about your eligibility or application support please contact the CARES 2.0 team.

CARES 2.0 Email:
CARES 2.0 Phone: 415-355-3668*

For questions or support with creating a California ECE Workforce Registry Account please contact the Help Desk at Children’s Council.

Help Desk Email:
Help Desk Phone: 415-343-4669*

*Currently both the OECE-CARES and Children’s Council numbers are functioning as voicemail boxes and are being checked regularly.

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