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 am I eligible for the SF SEED stipend?

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 

Will my SF SEED Stipend be taxed?

I am an FCC professional, how do I know if I would qualify for an SF SEED stipend?

Miscellaneous

Why do CCSF students participating in "Free City" recieve a lower SF SEED stipend amount than students not participating in "Free City"?

How are SF SEED Stipend levels determined?

 

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. SF SEED recognizes that Child Development permit acquisition is necessary for individuals working in state-funded programs. We highly encourage students to take courses that count for BOTH degree attainment and permit acquisition.  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, degree applicable, credit courses that follow your approved Educational Plan will count towards your SF SEED funding level. SF SEED supports ECE providers who are taking credit courses that are investing in 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
  • Any credit bearing courses that are needed for your degree

 

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 take must be credit unit bearing. If funding is limited, students taking courses at local Bay Area campuses will receive priority. 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. San Francisco State University'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 if you are pursuing a degree in child development, psychology, education, or other early childhood related majors.  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?

You must turn in your ED Plan every semester that you apply. 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 currently taking and at least 1 future semester planned. SF SEED’s mission is to support ECE educators in degree attainment, thus, all the courses you take must support you in advancing towards a degree. 

We highly recommend that you meet with an academic counselor once a semester to ensure you are on the most accurate track in 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, all the courses you take must support you in advancing towards a degree.  Please note your ED Plan is not a concrete document, it can be edited or changed at any time with an academic counselor.  

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 am I eligible for the SF SEED stipend?

No. Courses that are only supporting professional development or a permit upgrade are NOT eligible for the SF SEED stipend. SF SEED recognizes that Child Development permit acquisition is necessary for individuals working in state-funded programs. However, SF SEED no longer distributes stipends for courses that are only counting toward permit acquisition. We highly encourage students to take courses that count for BOTH degree attainment and permit acquisition. 

 

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.
 

Will my SF SEED Stipend be taxed? 

Yes. 

  • 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 SF State in the mail if your total stipend amount for the year was over $600. 

 

I am an FCC professional, how do I know if I meet the income eligibility for an SF SEED stipend?

The income eligibility for SF SEED is $60,000 per year (individual income) after taxes, if you are an FCC professional you will be reporting your individual income, not business income. If you, as an individual, earn less than $60,000 per year after taxes then you would meet the income eligibility requirement for SF SEED. 

 

How are SF SEED Stipend levels determined?

Community College Stipend Levels 

SF SEED Stipends for Community College Participants 

Units Completed

Stipend Levels

 3-5 units

 $310

 6-11 units

 $620

 12+ units

 $930

 

4-Year University

SF SEED Stipends for 4-year University Participants 

Units Completed

Stipend Levels

 3-6 units

 $800

 6.1+ units

 $1,200

 

Title V BA Stipends for 4-year University Participants

Units Completed

Stipend Levels

12+ units

 $3,700 

 

This page was last updated on: August 16, 2018