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.

What must I do to receive a stipend?

A fully completed QRIS Teacher Stipend application must be received by SMCOE on or before the due date of January 31, 2017 to have the potential to receive a stipend; teachers must meet one of the stipend eligibility paths and then must participate in:

  • Attend an approved, evidence-based child development training activity as listed in the application.
  • Complete unit-bearing college coursework as specified in your Education Plan during the Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters.  You must attain a grade of C or better, verified by submitting unofficial transcripts once grades have been posted but no later than June 9, 2017.
  • Stipends cannot be offered for Coop Education units or for Graduate level coursework due to limited grant funds.

By filling out and submitting one application, you will give the stipend program the information needed to determine for which stipend path you are eligible. You may participate in several activities for a larger total stipend, however because grant funds are limited, we cannot guarantee that an individual who participates in multiple activities will receive a full stipend for each activity.  If you have received a stipend for a specific training within the past 2-years, and the content of the training has not been revised, you may not receive another stipend for this activity.  Our goal is to provide stipends for as many approved activities, per teacher, as possible. 

We encourage teachers to fill out an application even if they are not sure which trainings or college courses they may be interested in taking or for which path they are eligible.  Only those who have submitted an application by the due date have the potential to receive a stipend.  Complete applications are due by January 31, 2017.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Remember to keep a copy of your completed application for your records.  Contact Dalma Sato at (650) 802-5344 or AB212@smcoe.org if you have any questions.

Who is eligible?

The QRIS Teacher Stipend has different paths of eligibility dependent upon grant funding however only one application needs to be submitted.  For each path below, applicants may be:

  • Lead teachers, teachers, associate teachers, teacher assistants or aides who work a minimum of 15 hours per week with children in path applicable settings.
  • Program directors or site supervisors who work at least 50% of the time directly with children.

Paths of eligibility are:

  • AB 212 Teacher Path
    • Teachers must be working in a state-funded child development program (a program that has a direct contract or subcontract to provide California State Preschool, General Child Care or Head Start services) in San Mateo County.
  • QRIS Teacher Path - New Opportunity!
    • Teachers must be working with children ages 0 to 5 in an early learning center that is actively participating in the San Mateo County Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and does not have a direct contract or subcontract to provide California State Preschool, General Child Care or Head Start services.
  • Infant Toddler Teacher Path - New Opportunity!
    • Teachers and family child care staff working in infant toddler programs with children ages 0 to 3 in San Mateo County and who attend approved in-depth infant toddler training and/or infant toddler coursework are eligible.
  • Quality Counts Family Child Care Path - New Opportunity!
    • Family child care providers and assistants or aides working with children in a family child care home actively participating in the Quality Counts Program with the Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County (4Cs) and attend approved trainings offered by SMCOE and/or completed Early Childhood Education (ECE) or General Education (GE) coursework as specified in their Education Plan.  For information about the Quality Counts Program, contact Amalia Focari at (650) 517-1421 or aforcari@sanmateo4cs.org.

For questions or assistance, contact Dalma Sato at AB212@smcoe.org or (650) 802-5344.

How to Apply

A fully completed QRIS Teacher Stipend application must be received by SMCOE on or before the due date of January 31, 2017 to have the potential to receive a stipend; teachers must meet one of the stipend eligibility paths and then must participate in approved activities.  Late application packets will not be accepted.

A fully completed application packet must include:

  • Form A - Applicant Information
    • Fill in all sections.  Your individual information is confidential and no individual identifying information will be reported.
  • Form B - Employment Verification
    • Your employer must fill in this form.  Provide it to your employer as early as possible, inform them about the application requirements and deadline, and request that it be returned to you so you can include the originally signed form with your application packet submission.
  • Form C - Education Plan - Required if you are taking unit-bearing classes at an accredited college.
    • The Education Plan must be completed with an Academic Advisor from your college and be signed by both you and your Advisor.  Contact your Advisor early to make an appointment.
    • Return the completed and signed original Education Plan in your application packet by the deadline.
    • You must complete a unit-bearing college course as specified in your Education plan during the Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters.
    • Stipends cannot be offered for Coop Education units or Graduate level coursework due to limited grant funds.
    • You must attain a grade of C or better to receive a stipend.  Grades are verified by submitting unofficial transcripts once your grades have be posted by emailing them to AB212@smcoe.org or mailing to the address listed in the application on or before June 9, 2017 (date subject to change). If you do not turn in your unofficial transcripts by the due date you will not receive a stipend even if you received a passing grade for your courses.  Late transcripts will not be accepted.
  • IRS W-9 Form - Required in order to receive a stipend check.
    • Fill out the W-9 form completely, including your legal name and current address, then sign it.  We must have the original signed and dated form with your application.  Stipend checks are issued to the name and mailed to the address listed on your W-9 form.

For questions or assistance, contact Dalma Sato at AB212@smcoe.org or (650) 802-5344.

Application Documents

Click on the documents below to download, complete and submit:

For questions or assistance, contact Dalma Sato at AB212@smcoe.org or (650) 802-5344.

When can I expect 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. For questions or assistance, contact Dalma Sato at AB212@smcoe.org or (650) 802-5344.