SF SEED Stipends

SF SEED Stipend

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SF SEED (San Francisco Supporting Early Educator Degrees) is a fiscal incentive program for early childhood educators as they advance towards a degree. SF SEED stipends are provided to individuals who are currently employed in a licensed child care center-based or family child care program and are enrolled in unit bearing, degree applicable courses at a two-year or four-year university. These awards support early childhood educators in advancing at all levels of their academic career, from transfer support at the community college level to advancing through a four-year institution and graduating with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development or a related major.

SF SEED Stipend Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive an incentive from SF SEED you must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently engaged in the workforce for 15 or more hours a week in a licensed family child care (FCC) or center-based program in San Francisco with children ages 0-5
  • Earn under $85,000 a year (individual income)
  • Attend an accredited four-year institution to attain an A.A., A.S, B.A. or B.S. degree.
    -Enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit-bearing units
    -Enrolled in courses that follow an approved Education Plan 
    -Pass courses with a ‘C’ or better grade OR a ‘credit’ (only if the course does not offer letter grades)
  • Be majoring in child development, psychology, education, or other early childhood related majors

SF SEED Stipend Levels  *PER SEMESTER*

The amount of awarded funding received will be determined by:

  1. The type of institution a participant attends
  2. The number of units COMPLETED with a 'C' or higher at the designated institution by the end of the semester.
  3. Funding availability
Community College Coursework
Category Amount Per Semester
3-5 Units $310
6-9 Units $620
10-12 Units $930

 

Four-Year University Coursework
Category Amount Per Semester
3-12 Units Up to $1,200

For details on stipend allocations, please visit our FAQ page. 

 

SF SEED Stipend Application Dates
Fall Semester Cycle Spring Semester Cycle
(Fall + Summer Courses Completed) (Spring + Winter Courses Completed)
Opens: September 1 Opens: February 1
Closes: November 21 Closes: April 21

Please note, SF SEED stipends are given at the beginning of the NEXT semester after courses have proven to be successfully completed

How to Apply

Complete the SF SEED Application:
a) Apply to SF SEED online via the Registry: http://caregistry.org
b) Print and fill out the SF SEED Supplemental Forms
For detailed step by step instructions on how to apply to SF SEED, please visit SF SEED's "How to Apply" section on our website

SF SEED Stipend Disclaimer

SF SEED funding is limited, stipends will be awarded based on priority level and until all funding has been expended. 

 

Definition of a Community College/ Two-Year College Student:

  • Individuals must be matriculated at a two-year, A.A./A.S. degree-granting institution AND a majority of the courses taken at a two-year, A.A./A.S. degree-granting institution; OR
  • Individuals must take a majority of their courses at a two-year, A.A./A.S. degree-granting institution
  • In the event an even number of units are taken between a two year, A.A./A.S. degree-granting institution and a four year, B.A./B.S. degree-granting institution, the incentive will be based on the student’s matriculation status.

 

Definition of a B.A./B.S./SFSU/CSU Student:

  • Individuals must be matriculated at a four-year, B.A./B.S. degree-granting institution AND a majority of the courses taken at a four-year, B.A./B.S. degree-granting institution; OR
  • Individuals must take a majority of their courses at a four-year, B.A./B.S. degree-granting institution
  • In the event that an even number of units are taken between a two year, A.A./A.S. degree-granting institution and a four year, B.A./B.S. degree-granting institution, the incentive will be based on the student’s matriculation status.

 

Page last updated August 2021