What are the basic requirements to qualify for a retention stipend with the CCSR Incentive Program (formerly AB212) grant through the Consortium for Early Learning Services (CELS)
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Work in Riverside County in one of the following programs:
- State Funded Preschool
- State Funded Before and After School
- Migrant Education
- Applicants must have started working with their current employer on or before August 30, 2016.
- Applicants must be employed for 9 months with the same employer between the dates of our retention stipend program year July 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. Exceptions are made for Migrant Education, please call for more information.
- Applicants who work in State Preschool programs must work directly with, and care for, minimally three (3) children (other than their own) between the ages of 0 to 5 years and 11 months for a minimum of 15 hours a week.
- Applicants who work in a state-funded before and/or after school program must directly work with and care for minimally three (3) children (other than their own) between the ages of 0 through 12 years and 11 months for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
- All participants must complete a Professional Development and Education Plan
- Participants must attend and complete the requirement for the appropriate Environment Rating Scale (ERS) training and participants must complete an observation of their classroom and submit a completed ERS Score sheet and Needs Improvement Plan
- Participants must attend and complete the requirement for the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) training
- Additional requirements are provided in the application packet
How do I get a AB 212 Retention Stipend Program application?
A. You must attend a Professional Growth and Education Workshop (PEP), where you will complete an application and your Professional Development and Education Plan. You will need to complete a Verification Packet, which is to be postmarked or received in the RCCCC office no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2017.
How much retention stipend money can I receive?
You can earn $250 per unit up to 12 units, maximum stipend amount per program year is $3000.
When will I receive my retention stipend money?
Retention stipend money will be released after all participant Verification Packets have been reviewed and approved by the Program Coordinators. The checks will be distributed at the end of the AB 212 Retention Stipend Program funding year upon receipt of funds from California Department of Education.
Do I have to submit a copy of my Driver’s License or California Identification Card and my Social Security Card?
Yes. All participants must submit a copy of their current valid driver’s license/ I.D. card and Social Security card for each program year. The names on both documents must match.
Do I need to take classes?
All participants are required to take ECE/CD or Degree applicable units. This is a mandatory requirement.
For more specific information on Educational Courses or Professional Growth contact us.
How do I know if I need a Child Development Permit?
If you have completed six (6) ECE/CD units or more within your entire college career, you must have a current Child Development Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing office.
How do I get a Child Development Permit?
The Child Development Training Consortium has a grant where you can apply for a permit at no cost to you. For more information, please visit their website at www.childdevelopment.org to download an application. Their phone number is (209) 572-6080.
Is there a tutorial on how to apply for a Child Development Permit?
There are how-to DVD’s in the RCCCC Resource Lending Library in the Riverside County Child Care Consortium office that can be checked out at no cost.
Environmental Rating Scale (ERS) Training Information
Does everyone in a State funded program have to do an ERS observation, turn in an ERS Score Sheet and an ERS Needs Improvement Plan (NIP) for his/her classroom or program?
Yes. It is a grant requirement that all participants complete an observation/assessment of their classroom, complete and turn in an ERS Score Sheet and an ERS Needs Improvement plan using one of the following Environment Rating Scales: The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS), the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS), or the School-Age Environment Rating Scale (SACERS). Please note: All documentation must be complete and correct including scoring, averages, charts and documentation to qualify for a retention stipend.
I am a new participant, do I have to take a five (5) - hour Environmental Rating Scale (ERS) training?
Yes, This is a mandatory retention stipend requirement for all participants. You will need to complete a 5-hour Environment Rating Scale training on the appropriate scale or the appropriate refresher training through the Riverside County Child Care Consortium (RCCCC). After the training is completed, you will be required to do a classroom assessment on your classroom or program. You will need to complete your ERS Score Sheet and your ERS Needs Improvement Plan (NIP). Your ERS score Sheet and Needs Improvement Plan must be submitted to the RCCCC office within 30 business days after you have completed your training.
** Please note: All documentation must be complete and correct including scoring, averages, charts and documentation to qualify for a retention stipend.
I am a returning participant, do I have to take a five (5) hour Environmental Rating Scale (ERS) training?
Those that participated during the 2013-2014 program year will be required to attend two, 2.5 hours of refresher training. If you currently work with a different age group than the last program year, you will be required to attend a five (5) training that represents your current classroom.
Can I take any of the following four scales: Early Childhood ERS (ECERS), Infant-Toddler ERS (ITERS), School-Age Care ERS (SACERS) for my 5 hour training?
It is highly recommended that you attend a training on the scale that best represents the type of program you work in and the age group of the children you work with.
What information do I need to complete on my ERS Score Sheet?
Each section must be completed correctly; including scoring of the subscales, number of items scored and the average score for each section, including the “total average score page” and all written documentation. All information on the first page is to be completed except the observer code, facility code, and provider code.
Do I have to average and tally my scores on the ERS Score Sheet?
Yes, the Score Sheet must be completely filled out.
Do I have to write comments on the ERS Score Sheet?
Yes, the document must be complete.
When do I need to send in my Score Sheet and Needs Improvement Plan (NIP)?
Both the ERS Score Sheet and Needs Improvement Plan must be received at the RCCCC office within 30 business days of completing the five (5) hour ERS training.
Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) Training Information:
Does everyone in a State funded program have to attend the CELS DRDP Training for his/her classroom or program?
Yes, This is a mandatory retention stipend requirement for all participants. Participants will be required to attend this training in order to receive your stipend for college course work and/or professional growth activities.
Verfication Packet Information
When do I turn in my Verification Packet?
Your completed verification packet must be post marked or received at the Riverside County Child Care Consortium office no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2017. No exceptions! You may mail the Verification packet prior to this date or you may hand carry it to the office. We are not responsible for late, lost or misdirected mail. It is suggested that your packet be mailed “certified mail”. Please review and complete the checklist in your Verification Packet for completeness before sending in your packet. Incomplete packets can be cause for denial of your stipend.
Employer Verification Form Information:
When can I have my employer sign the Employer Verification page?
Your employer cannot sign and date this document until you have completed 9 months of employment with that organization after April 1, 2017.
What do I do if my director does not want to send a copy of his/her driver’s license?
Please have them call the RCCCC at (951) 778-5003.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?
Please call the Riverside County Child Care Consortium office at (951) 778-5003
What are the time frames for the AB 212 Retention Stipend Program?
All requirements must be completed between July 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017. Verification Packets will be due no later than June 1, 2017. All coursework must be completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Official transcripts will be due no later than July 15, 2017.