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San Diego County has received The Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). This grant will provide stipends to the Early Learning and Care (ELC) workforce that provide care for children 0-5 years of age in a San Diego County agency or program who receives state funding (such as Alternative Payment, CSPP, CCTR). The lead agency for this grant is The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). SDCOE and YMCA Childcare Resource Service (CRS) collaborate in implementing this stipend program. Applicants will communicate with both SDCOE and YMCA CRS.
Eligibility Criteria to be Accepted into the Stipend Program:
Eligible participants are providers who:
in one of the following roles: Floater Teacher, Assistant
Teacher/Instructional Assistant, Lead Teacher, Co-Teacher, Family Child
Care Home Provider, or Family/Friend and Neighbor Provider.
- Serve children 0-5 years of age within San Diego County
- Are employed by a program that serves children
on one of the following subsidies in early learning and care settings
- California State Preschool Program (CSPP)
- General Child Care (CCTR)
- Alternative Payment Program (CAPP)
- Family Child Care Home Education Networks (CFCC)
- Migrant Alternative Payment Program (CMAP)
- CalWORKs Stages 1, 2, and 3 (C1AP, C2AP, and C3AP)
- Tribal Child Care program
Participants who apply to the program will self-select ONE option; either  professional development, OR  higher education as their pathway for purposes of this stipend.
- Participants that choose the Professional Development
path may be eligible to earn one of the following stipends:
- $315 for completing 21 professional development hours, or
- $240 for completing 16 CCDF Health and Safety Training hours
- Participants that choose the Higher Education
path (and complete program requirements with a grade of “C” or better from a
regionally accredited college or university) may be eligible to earn one of the
- $675 per 3 semester-unit course up to 6 units, or
- $600 per 4 quarter-unit course up to 8 quarter units
Participants that choose higher education AND
receive a stipend for completing units are also eligible to receive an added
stipend for completing a degree
- $100 to those who receive an AA within the program year
- $200 to those who receive a BA within the program year
The CA ECE Workforce Registry has various application status updates. Definitions of each status are listed below:
- Applied: The application has been received by the San Diego County QCC Stipend managers. Further review is needed to determine eligibility and priority.
- Accepted (NOT YET APPROVED): The applicant  completed the Workforce Registry application by 10/30/21,  completed the digital pre-stipend survey by 10/30/21, and  works as a teacher/caregiver in a subsidized child care setting in San Diego County with children ages 0-5. The QCC managers have confirmed that the applicant's employment is verified within the Workforce Registry. The QCC Stipend manager also verified that the applicant's stipend type/amount request from the application matches the request from the pre-stipend survey. Further review is needed to verify eligibility related to subsidized care and approved priority levels.
- Approved: The applicant meets priority level and eligibility requirements. The QCC Stipend managers have verified that the applicant is within the approved priority range and works with children on state subsidies. The QCC Stipend managers have also confirmed that the applicant has uploaded their W-9 form onto the Workforce Registry and has attended the required QCC Stipend Orientation. Further confirmation is needed to ensure required professional learned activities were completed before receiving a stipend.
- Paid: The applicant was approved and completed the post-stipend survey by 5/30/22. The QCC Stipend managers have confirmed that clear and complete professional learning evidence is available on the CA ECE Workforce Registry by the due date.
- Denied: The applicant did not meet eligibility requirements and/or did not complete the required tasks on time.
- Withdrawn: An application will be withdrawn if [a] more than one application was received, or [b] stipend funding runs out.
Required Tasks to Receive a Stipend:
Workforce Registry Stipend Application (opens on Aug 30)
Resource: Steps to completing and submitting the application
October 30, 2021
Complete Pre-Stipend Survey
October 30, 2021
Use Form W-9 to provide YMCA CRS current information to receive a stipend.
(Upload to Workforce Registry)
W-9 Form – available here: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-w-9
Resource: Registry Document Upload Instructions
December 15, 2021
Attend Group Orientation
December 16, 2021
Complete Post-Stipend Survey.
May 30, 2022
Professional Development Path: Complete approved professional development between July 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.
Higher Education Path: Complete approved college units (with a ‘C’ or better in an accredited college or university) between July 1, 2021 and June 15, 2022.
|Transcripts or Evidence of Professional Development uploaded into Workforce Registry.
Resource: Registry Document Upload Instructions
Professional Development Path: by April 30, 2022
Higher Education Path: by June 15, 2022
Employment Verification Required:
Employment Verification is required. Please reach out directly to your employer to ensure this process is complete. If you need further support with Employment Verification, please reach out to your QCC Stipend Advisor.
Application for Participation:
Early Learning and Care providers who wish to take part in the QCC Stipend will apply directly through the CA ECE Workforce Registry. Log in to the CA ECE Workforce Registry and click the “Stipends & Pathways” menu option, then select “Application”. The website will guide the process from there.
The application window opens on August 30 and closes on October 30, 2021.
If accepted, candidates will receive an email or letter that provides confirmation of eligibility to engage in the stipend program, as well as their program advisor’s contact information and office hours. Advisement will be available at least monthly in both English and Spanish.
Eligible participants will receive payment of stipend upon completion and submission of all required criteria. YMCA CRS will manage the distribution of the stipend payments.
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