Cares 2.0

The Spring 2021 Application period is April 1st - April 30th.

Please see “How To Apply” section below for application guides.

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.

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?

CARES 2.0 eligibility criteria has been updated to respond to different needs and circumstances during this time. Many programs have adjusted their services to respond to the Covid-19 crisis. In an effort to stay true to the original intent of the stipend, which is compensating and retaining teachers, we hope that these temporary updates will continue to support and value early educators working directly with young children.

To be considered eligible for the Spring 2021 CARES 2.0 stipend you must be employed by an eligible Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) or Preschool for All (PFA) program that is currently operational.

  • For returning applicants:

You will be approved for the Spring 2021 stipend as long as your employment is being maintained by an eligible program and your employer can verify that you will be returning to the classroom when it is safe to do so. This includes educators who are currently being furloughed, on leave, or being utilized in a different capacity due to ratio limitations.

  • For new applicants

You must be working with children (virtually or in-person) for at least 20 hours a week and will need to submit a W-9 form for payment.

All programs eligible for CARES 2.0

How to Apply

Step-by-Step Guide for applying to CARES 2.0

Stipend Process:

  1. Login to the CA ECE Workforce Registry and submit a CARES 2.0 Application (Please take time to review the application guide for step-by-step instructions)
  2. After the application is submitted a verification email will be sent to the applicant and a CARES 2.0 team member will review the application information and verify employment and eligibility
  3. An approval or denial email will be sent based on the employer’s verification
  4. If approved, we will verify that all W-9 information is on file, matches the registry information, and will send an approval email with stipend amount
  5. 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

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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