Aspire Stipend Program

What is ASPIRE?

Aspire is a First 5 California professional development program for early childhood educators, also known as CARES Plus.  ASPIRE participants receive free on-line training on the CLASS observation tool, academic and career advisement, and are required to complete 3 - 6 semester units of coursework.  By successfully completing the ASPIRE requirements, participants can earn a stipend of at least $1,000.


  • Work at least 15 hours per week in a licensed child care facility that receives less than 51% state subsidies
  • Work directly with children ages 0-5
  • Earn less than $60,000 annually
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Planning to complete 3 - 6 semester units of coursework in child development, general education, ESL, or GED
  • Posses basic computer knowledge
  • Email account required 

To Apply

To apply for the 2015-2016 academic year, click here.