QRIS Teacher Stipend Program

QRIS Teacher Stipend Program

At a Glance

The San Mateo County QRIS Teacher Stipend Program (formerly known as the AB 212 Teacher Stipend) is funded through a variety of grants from the California Department of Education (CDE) and is administered by the San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council (CCPC) at the San Mateo County Office of Education. It is an incentive program designed to encourage early childhood education teachers working in San Mateo County centers to pursue training and education, and to remain in the field of early childhood education.

New, Simplified QRIS Teacher Stipend Application Is Here! 

The new, simplified QRIS Teacher Stipend process is here!  It's as easy as 1-2-3.  Other changes to the stipend program and our professional development activities are also being implemented this year.  Explore these new changes below.

Am I eligible?

Stipends are provided to teachers to encourage them to remain in the early child care field, to continue their education towards degrees in early childhood education and/or child development and to obtain permits, and to engage in approved trainings, coaching and professional learning communities.

You are eligible for the QRIS Teacher Stipend if you meet these criteria:

  • Work in an early learning center or family child care home in San Mateo County that is actively participating in Quality Counts, San Mateo's Quality Rating & Improvement System, (QRIS) or in a state-funded child development program providing CA State Preschool, General Child Care or Head Start services.
  • Teachers and assistant teachers who work a minimum of 15 hours per week with children.
  • Site Supervisors or program directors who work at least 50% of the time directly with children.
  • Must have a CA ECE Workforce Registry ID number. To get a Registry ID number, visit https://caregistry.org/ and click on the red "Create a Profile" button.

We encourage teachers to complete stipend documents even if they are not sure which trainings or college courses they may be taking.  Only those who have submitted all stipend documents by the due date have the potential to receive a stipend. Late documents will not be accepted.  Complete stipend documents must be received by January 31, 2019.

Questions? Email AB212@smcoe.orgor call Dalma Sato at (650) 802-5344.

How do I apply?

Applying for the QRIS Teacher Stipend is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Complete the QRIS Teacher Information and Consent Form and the QRIS Teacher Stipend Supplemental Questionnaire. These documents can be completed on-line at the links below or by paper copy provided at our professional development trainings:
  2. Download IRS Form W-9, complete and sign it then mail the original to:
San Mateo County Office of Education
Attn. Dalma Sato, QRIS Teacher Stipend
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065
  1. All three documents must be received by January 31, 2019. Late documents will not be accepted. Received documents will be reviewed for completeness. An approval email will be sent confirming participation in the stipend program when all documents have been received.

Questions? Email AB212@smcoe.orgor call Dalma Sato at (650) 802-5344.

How do I get a stipend?

You must participate in approved professional development activities and/or complete unit-bearing college courses with a grade C or better during the Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 to receive a stipend. Email your unofficial transcripts and/or certificates to AB212@smcoe.orgby June 12, 2019 as proof of activity completion.

Approved professional development trainings are listed on our Early Learning Professional Development webpage at www.smcoe.org/EarlyLearningPD.  You can also download information here:

Questions? Email AB212@smcoe.orgor call Dalma Sato at (650) 802-5344.

When will I get my stipend check?

Stipend checks will be issued by mid-July of each year and will be mailed to the address listed in your W-9 form.  If your name changes or you move during the year, a new originally signed W-9 form must be submitted before a check will be issued. The name on the stipend documents and the W-9 form must match.

Questions? Email AB212@smcoe.orgor call Dalma Sato at (650) 802-5344.