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Cares Plus

Cares Plus is a statewide professional development program for early educators designed to improve the quality of early learning programs by focusing on increasing the quality, effectiveness and retention of early educators. Cares Plus provides incentives and stipends, training and higher education access that collectively serve to support participants by increasing their teacher effectiveness and qualifications in early childhood education.

Accepted to the Portfolio: September 2012

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Improved effectiveness of early educators
  • Improved quality of teacher/child interaction
  • Increased qualifications of a diverse early learning workforce
  • Increased retention of early learning workforce

Long Term Outcomes

  • Improved community well-being
  • Improved school readiness
  • Increased professionalization and compensation

Target Population


  • Teachers and Students (preschool)

Service Locations

  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)