(CARES Plus Stipend Program for Early Educators)
What is ASPIRE?
ASPIRE is a First 5 California professional development program for early childhood educators, also known as CARES Plus. ASPIRE participants receive free on-line training regarding the CLASS observation tool, academic and career advisement, and are required to complete 3-6 semester units of coursework. By successfully completing the ASPIRE requirements, participants can earn a stipend of at least $1,000.
• Work at least 15 hours a week in a licensed Child Care Facility (Family Child Care, Center, Licensed-exempt, Public school) that receives less than 51% State subsidies*
• Work directly with children ages 0-5 (not yet entered Kindergarten)
• Earn less than $60,000 annually
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Planning to complete 3-6 semester units (4.5-9 quarter units) of coursework in Child Development, General Education, ESL, or GED.
• Possess basic computer knowledge
• Email account is required
• New Applicants click here
• Returning Applicants click here
2013-14 Verification Packet
To download the 2013-14 Verification Packet, click here
To apply for the 2014-15 ASPIRE Stipend Program (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015), click here
For questions, please contact us 213.416.1943 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*There are two stipend programs available to early childhood educators in LA County. One is ASPIRE and the other is the "Investing in Early Educators" Stipend Program (AB212). AB212 is designed to increase the retention and academic preparedness of teachers working in child development programs – centers and family child care homes – in which most (over 51%) of the children are subsidized by the State. If you are eligible for AB212 you are not eligible for ASPIRE. To learn more about L.A. County's "Investing in Early Educators" Stipend Program, click here or call 213.974.4674
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