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CARES Plus Program

Developed by First 5 California, CARES Plus is a statewide professional development program for early educators to improve the quality of early learning programs by focusing on increasing the quality, effectiveness, and retention of early educators. Its main objectives are to improve both the quality of early learning programs, and ultimately, improve young children’s learning and developmental outcomes.

The Importance of CARES

Professional development activities and the pursuit of college degrees are critical components to providing high-quality care to children. Increasing scientific evidence shows that early educators can significantly influence early childhood learning . When early educators are well educated, the children they teach are more successful in school and life. Not only are well-educated early educators a key component to providing high-quality care to children, but better educated teachers contribute to professionalizing the early education field.

Click here to learn more about the CARES program and to find information on enrollment requirements. 

CARES Program Collateral 

CARES Plus Program Fact Sheet

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