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The Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards (CARES) Program is designed to provide support to and encourage retention of qualified child care staff employed in state-subsidized center-based child care programs or family child care home education networks by dispensing professional development stipends to further educational attainment. The eligible population for the CARES program is Sacramento County center staff in publicly funded early childhood education programs or family child care home providers and assistants who are members of Beanstalk, the Family Child Care Home Education Network in Sacramento County.

To learn more about entry and annual requirements and to submit an application for the CARES program, all interested participants MUST attend a mandatory CARES Orientation. Check our calendar of events at to find out about upcoming orientations.

Due to funding limitations, NOT ALL ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS are guaranteed a stipend. If there are more eligible applicants than funding available, a lottery will be held to determine stipend awardees.

Latest News

Documentation Due for 2015 CARES Year Applicants
Congratulations for your hard work in 2015. Documentation packets are due by February 12, 2016 for work completed in 2015.

Drop-off or mail to:
Child Action, Inc.
9800 Old Winery Place
Sacramento, CA 95827

2016 CARES Orientations
Stay tuned for the schedule of orientations for the 2016 CARES Program. Orientations will be held throughout the spring and summer months. Spring Orientations will be posted on our Calendar of Events.

Funding for Graduate Degrees and Professional Growth Restored
Funding that had been removed from the CARES program has been restored. Child Action, Inc. and the Sacramento CARES program are excited to now have funds to support Track 4 applicants working on their graduate degrees. There is also funding for Track 5A which awards stipends to providers who have a degree and are taking professional growth trainings.

CARES Program Funding for Publicly Funded Programs
2015 CARES will only be able to provide stipends for providers working in publicly funded centers and family child care programs that are a part of the Beanstalk Family Child Care Network.

Calendar of Events - Click here!