Frequently Asked Questions

Employment

What if I work at an after school program?

Do I need to have a current CA Child Development Teacher Permit to receive SF SEED funds?

 

Education

What types of classes do I need to be taking in order to receive SF SEED funding? 

What if I am taking classes at a school outside of San Francisco?

What if I go to a school  that is on the quarter system?

What if I already have my BA or MA degree, am I eligible to receive a stipend?

 

Application

How often do I have to turn in an Educational (ED) Plan?

What is an Educational (ED) Plan?

If I am pursuing a permit upgrade or are taking courses for professional development do I need to turn in an ED Plan?

What documents can I turn in as my ED Plan if I am a Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) student at San Francisco State University?

How often are stipends given out in an academic year?

 

Taxes

Do I have to claim my SF SEED stipend on my taxes?

 

Miscellaneous

What happened to the BA/MA Bonus for teachers who already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and work at a PFA site?

In the past, CARES had a placement test requirement.  Will I still need to take a placement test to be eligible for SF SEED?

 

 

What if I work at an after school program?

You can work at a before or after school program as long as you are working with young children, ages 0-5 yrs. old, and are working at a licensed center in San Francisco. 

 

Do I need to have a current CA Child Development Teacher Permit to receive SF SEED funds?
No, you do not need to have a CA Child Development Teacher Permit to receive SF SEED funds. However, we recommend you have your CA Child Development Permit to work in an early childhood education classroom setting.  For more information on the permit, please contact the Career Advisors at the Professional Development Project /City College at 415-452-5605. Information about the Permit is also available on the Child Development Training Consortium  site at www.childdevelopment.org. The process is expedited by using the services at PDP.

 

What types of classes do I need to be taking in order to receive SF SEED funding? 

Any classes that are unit bearing, credit courses will count towards your SF SEED funding level. SF SEED supports any ECE provider who is taking credit courses that are investing in professional development or degree attainment.

 

Example(s):

  • Any classes that fall under Areas A-E at a community college
  • Any credit bearing ESL track and Math pathway courses
  • Physical Education or other elective classes (even if not transferrable, this is because they can apply to AA degree or ECE permit)
  • Unit bearing classes taken for attainment or upgrade of the California Child Development Teacher Permit

 

What if I am taking classes at a school outside of San Francisco?

You can be enrolled in courses at community colleges or universities outside of San Francisco; the school has to be accredited and the courses you are taking must be credit unit bearing. Please note that you must be EMPLOYED in San Francisco to be eligible for the SF SEED stipend. 

 

What if I go to a school  that is on the quarter system?

Your stipend level will be determined by converting the number of units you passed on the quarter system into semester units. California State University, Fullerton's website has a tool you can use to convert your quarter system credit units to semester system credit units.  

 

What if I already have my BA or MA degree, am I eligible to receive a stipend?

Yes, you are eligible. Please note that SF SEED gives first priority to early childhood educators who are working towards an AA or their first BA degree. Award amounts are determined by fund availability and the number of applicants. 

 

How often do I have to turn in an Educational (ED) Plan?

In order to receive an SF SEED stipend, we must have your current ED Plan on file. Your ED Plan must reflect the courses you are taking and at least 1 future semester plan. SF SEED’s mission is to support ECE educators in degree attainment and professional development, all the courses you take should support you in advancing towards your educational goals. 

We highly recommend that you meet with an academic counselor once a semester to ensure you are on the most accurate track to reaching your educational goals.

 
 

What is an Educational (ED) Plan?

An ED Plan is a documented tool created by both you and an academic counselor that outlines your projected academic plan. Your ED Plan is a resource that can help you plan out your courses, major, and other academic or career goals. SF SEED’s mission is to support ECE educators in degree attainment and professional development, all the courses you take should support you in advancing towards your educational goals.  Please note your ED Plan is not a concrete document, it can be edited or changed at any time.  

Please visit our page ECE Workforce Resources for links to different college advising resources.

 

If I am pursuing a permit upgrade or are taking courses for professional development do I need to turn in an ED Plan?

  • I hold an Associate’s degree or do NOT hold a degree:
    Yes, you need to turn in an ED Plan that is created by both you and an academic counselor. By meeting with an academic counselor, you can plan to take courses that count towards your permit upgrade, professional development, degree attainment and transferring to a university.
    Creating an ED Plan with an academic counselor will help you, should you decide to pursue a degree in the future.
    Turning in a copy of your Professional Growth Plan and Record Form for Child Development Permits will not be accepted in lieu of an ED Plan made by you and an academic counselor. You may choose to also meet with a permit advisor in addition to an academic counselor.
     
  • I hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher:
    If you have already obtained a BA degree or higher, and are only pursuing a permit upgrade or professional development,  you may turn in a copy of your "Permit Review Worksheet and Receipt of Completion" which you can obtain by seeing a permit advisor at CCSF, or you may turn in a copy of your Professional Growth Plan and Record Form for Child Development Permits signed by your advisor. The Professional Growth Plan and Record must have the semester and courses that you are applying for the SF SEED stipend, that way we can verify that you are taking courses that are supporting you in advancing towards your educational goals, as well as listing out courses you need to take in order to reach your permit and professional growth goals. 

 

What documents can I turn in as my ED Plan if I am a Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) student at San Francisco State University?

1.    A copy of your CAD Planning Worksheet signed by your Advisor from the CAD Department. To make an appointment with an Advisor in the CAD Department, please visit their website: http://cad.sfsu.edu/advising

2.    If you are a graduating senior, you can turn in a copy of your graduation application that is signed by the CAD Department Chair. 

 

How often are stipends given out in an academic year?
SF SEED stipends will be awarded to participants after the end of Fall semester and after the end of Spring semester. Summer course units will be included in the total amount of units taken for the Fall semester. In order to receive SF SEED funds, you must reapply at the beginning of each semester with possible additional requirements within the semester's current application cycle.

 

Do I have to claim my SF SEED stipend on my taxes?

  • I attend San Francisco State University (SFSU):
    Yes, you need to claim your stipend as your income on your taxes. You will receive a 1098T form from SFSU. You can also log into your "Student Center" to view your 1098T form online. 
     
  • I attend a different institution - not San Francisco State University:
     Yes, you need to claim your stipend as your income on your taxes. You will receive a 1099Misc for from SFSU in the mail if your total stipend amount for the year was over $600. 

 

What happened to the BA/MA Bonus for teachers who already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and work at a PFA site?

The BA/MA Bonus program, funded through First 5 of San Francisco, has been discontinued.  Teachers who work at PFA sites will no longer receive this funding. If you are a teacher with a degree and are taking unit-bearing coursework toward a degree or for professional development, you are eligible for SF SEED funding.

 

In the past, CARES had a placement test requirement.  Will I still need to take a placement test to be eligible for SF SEED?

You do not need to take a placement test for SF SEED. However, most colleges require new matriculating students to complete an English or ESL (English as a Second Language) and Math placement tests.   These tests are used to measure a student’s skills in Math and English or ESL. You might be required to take one to register for courses at your specific college or university. The Foundations program offers free workshops that help support early childhood educators who want to start taking ESL, English, and or Math classes. For more information on the Foundations program please visit their website or contact them at found@sfsu.edu or 415-405-3949. 

 

 

This page was last updated on: February, 2017