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Child Development

Santa Clara Cares

Toddler and puzzleCARES is a financial stipend program designed to encourage and reward those early childhood education professionals who are seeking degrees. CARES, which stands for Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards, has helped nearly 4,900 early educators in Santa Clara County. This represents more than 79% of the estimated providers in this county. The CARES program helps build a skilled, stable, early education workforce by linking monetary rewards with educational attainment and professional development.

To find out if you qualify for CARES Plus or want to enroll, please go to and get details.

The deadline to register is August 30th of each year.

Located at the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center

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Earn an Assistant Teacher Permit in One Year

Foothill College is a partner in the Teacher Pipeline Program, with locations in Redwood City and Menlo Park. Fall classes held Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7:50 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-12:50 p.m. LEARN MORE
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Child Development Department


Sunnyvale Campus, 211Q