Mono and Alpine County CARES Plus Program
The acronym CARES stands for “Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards.” The goal of the CARES Plus Program for early care and education professionals is to increase the quality of child care throughout Mono and Alpine Counties by building a skilled and stable child care workforce. The CARES program works directly with licensed family child care providers and center based providers, who provide much of the available child care in Mono and Alpine County.
The CARES Plus Program rewards the pursuit of early child development training among child care professionals; promotes retention of committed, qualified early child care teachers and providers; and encourages advancement on the Child Development Training Consortium’s Child Development Permit Matrix.
A major emphasis of CARES Plus is to assist the providers in a web-based observation tool CLASS™. This is the core component of the CARES Plus program.
Introduction to the CLASS™
This program introduces the CLASS™ structure, its various uses, and the importance of effective teacher-student interactions to learning.
Looking at CLASSrooms
Learn to identify and analyze effective teacher-child interactions with this online program. Teachers and those using the CLASS tool benefit from this in-depth look at the interactions that help children achieve. Teachstone CLASS Login
This training is required for all CARES Plus participants. It will provide you with the tools you need to keep children safe from secondhand smoke.
- Stipends are awarded to individuals who complete the core CLASS™ component.
- Additional stipends are awarded to individuals who attained education through college courses or for participating in professional growth trainings.
- CARES Plus is open to home-based, licensed providers, family child care assistants, and center-based staff in public and private child care programs.
- Participants must work with children ages birth to five years old.
- Work with or directly supervise someone who works with a majority of children at least 15 hours per week.
- Work in a child care program in Mono or Alpine County for at least nine months within the year ending June 30, 2013.
This Project also assists with:
- Obtaining a Child Care License
- Obtaining a Child Development Permit
- Provider Professional Development Trainings/Workshops
For more information, please contact:Lara Walker, CARES Plus Coordinator
PO Box 130
365 Sierra Park Road, Building M
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546