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.
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.