2020-2021 PDP Stipend Guide & Application
STEP 1: AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE STIPEND PROGRAM?
To apply for the Stipend Program, applicants must meet Criteria #1-4 AND at least one from #5:
- Be at least 18 years of age and have a Social Security Number or Tax ID Number
- Work at a licensed or license-exempt early childhood education program in Contra Costa County
- During the program year, specifically July 1, 2020-May 31, 2020, you must be employed in licensed/license exempt early childhood education program in Contra Costa County for a minimum of 9 months of the program year. (Changes below 10/16/2020)
- Work a minimum of 15 hours per week directly with a group of children 5 years or younger, but not in a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom given funding restrictions.
- Be employed at a worksite that meets at least ONE of the following:
- It is a Quality Matters program
- It has enrolled children receiving a subsidy
- It has enrolled children with an IEP
- It has enrolled Infants (Birth to 17 months) and/or Toddlers (18 to 35 months)
- It is located in one of the following target zip codes:
94801, 94803, 94804
94518, 94519, 94520, 94521
STEP 2: WHAT ELSE IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION?
To participate in and remain eligible for the Stipend Program, you must meet all of #1-5:
- Have an Early Care & Education Workforce Registry Account and Registry ID Number
An Early Care & Education Workforce Registry ID Number (Registry ID#) is required and necessary to register for and to attend trainings, professional events, and to apply for support programs. If you do not have a Registry ID, follow the instructions below:
- Go to www.caregistry.org and click “Register Now.”
- Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to activate your account.
- Click this link and log in. You must log in to activate your account and to get your Registry ID#.
- Keep your Registry ID number stored in your cell phone contacts for easy reference.
- Visit www.caregistry.org for Frequently Asked Questions and a tutorial on how to use the Registry. You may also contact Terrissa Hein, Education Liaison, Early Care & Education Programs, Contra Costa County Office of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925.942.3397.
- Have an Education or Professional Growth Plan, applicable to 2020-2021 program year, created / updated, on file with your PDP College Advisor, and submitted to First 5 Contra Costa. (See below for contact information.)
- Have a valid email account that you check frequently. Email is the primary method of communication for PDP. Should your email change, please inform your PDP College Advisor and Elida Treanor immediately.
- Complete all program component—College Coursework, Education Milestone, or Training—requirements including submitting all documents and meeting all deadlines (See section below).
- Remain employed for at least 6 months between July 1, 2020-May 31, 2021 in licensed/license exempt early childhood education program(s) in Contra Costa County.
Contra Costa College
2600 Mission Bell Dr., A-217
San Pablo, CA 94806
Diablo Valley College
321 Golf Club Rd., ECS-202
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 969-2393
Los Medanos College
2700 E. Leland Rd., CSC-203
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Contra Costa County Office of Education
Terrissa Hein PDP Advisor
77 Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 942-3397
First 5 Contra Costa
ECE & PDP Program Assistant
1485 Civic Court, Suite 1200, 2nd Floor
Concord, CA 94520
- Online Applications accepted September 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021
- Enrollment in the Early Care & Education Workforce Registry by January 15, 2021
- Transcripts for coursework taken at an approved college outside of the Contra Costa Community College District due to PDP College Advisor by June 5, 2021
- College Coursework must be completed between July 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
- Education Milestone must be achieved between July 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
- Trainings must be selected from approved sources (see Guide p. 6) AND completed between July 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
- Proof of completed trainings must be submitted by June 1, 2021. (Changes below 10/16/2020)
STEP 3: I’M ELIGIBLE! HOW DO I APPLY?
To apply for the Stipend Program, you must complete and submit an application online, but first, please:
ACTION 1: Read the Stipend Program Guide so you can discuss your options with your PDP College Advisor and plan for calendar deadlines.
ACTION 2: Make contact with your PDP College Advisor to create/update an Education Plan and/or Professional Growth Plan.
ACTION 3: Submit the Supplemental Application documents (listed below), if applicable, directly to Elida Treanor at First 5 Contra Costa (see Guide p. 3). (Changes below 10/16/2020)
❏ ALL Applicants are required to submit a paper (hard) copy:
- A paper (hard) copy of the original, signed W-9 Form – this document must be mailed through the US Postal Service.
❏ NEW Applicants are required to submit electronic:
- Proof of any college degree(s) held
- Child Development Permit whether current or expired, or proof of Permit Application
❏ RETURNING Applicants – Did you have a change in degree or permit status since May 2020?
- If yes, submit a copy of the new degree or permit.
- If no, no documentation is required. It is not necessary to submit these documents again.
ACTION 4: Complete and submit the online Application through the link below between September 15, 2020-January 15, 2021. Once submitted, a copy of your Application automatically will be emailed to you. Keep this for your records.
STEP 4: I AM READY TO APPLY!
- The 2020-2021 PDP Stipend Application will take approximately 10 minutes to fill out. Please provide an answer for every question even if not marked required.
- Gather the Supplemental Application Documents (see ACTION 3, above) and send them by US Postal Mail to Elida Treanor.