The Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards (CARES) Program is First 5 California's Teacher Signature program. Launched in 2000, CARES Plus serves as a way to increase teacher/child interactions and retain the highest qualified early education teachers, therefore increasing the quality of student education.
CARES Plus builds upon the positive impact of the original CARES program. It is designed to increase the quality of early learning programs for children 0 to 5 and their families by supporting the education and preparation of an effective, well-compensated, and diverse early learning workforce. The "Plus" represents an enhancement of earlier CARES components, such as a strong focus on outcomes and accountability, and expanding the Higher Education Plans to Higher Education Quality Pathway Partnerships.