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Cal-Learn

General information

Cal-Learn is a statewide program to help pregnant and parenting teens who are receiving CalWORKS complete high school, become independent and form healthy families.

Do I have to participate? If you are a pregnant or parenting teen receiving CalWORKS (which includes Medi-Cal and CalFresh), participation in Cal-Learn is required. Some exceptions are made under special circumstances.

To qualify you must:

  • Have an active CalWORKS case (either your own or under a parent’s)
  • Live in the same household as your child
  • Be pregnant or parenting
  • Be under 19 years of age
  • Not yet have a high school diploma or GED
  • Not be in foster care

How will Cal-Learn benefit me?

A case manager will help you develop a plan to finish high school or earn a GED. If you are not in school, we will help you find the right school to meet your needs and help you register for school. When you do well in school, you will earn a $100 bonus up to 4 times a year. If you don’t do well, you will earn a $100 sanction up to 4 times a year. If you complete high school or earn a GED, you will earn $500. A wide range of support services may also be available to you to help you achieve your educational goals, such as:

  • Child care expenses – Help pay for childcare while you are at school and possibly while at work
  • School expenses – Help pay for registration fees, books, test fees and more
  • Transportation expenses – Help pay for transportation to and from school
  • Other support services (legal, health, domestic violence, housing, etc.)

How can I apply for Cal-Learn?

The first step is to apply for CalWORKS, if you are not receiving benefits already. Cal-Learn is a program within CalWORKS (Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids). Once you apply through CalWORKS and your eligibility is determined, staff from Cal-Learn will contact you. You can apply online at www.mybenefitscalwin.org or in person at any of the following locations:

Human Services Agency
271 92nd Street, Daly City
1(800) 223-8383

Human Services Agency
2500 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
1(800) 223-8383

Human Services Agency
1487 Huntington Avenue, South San Francisco
1(800) 223-8383

Human Services Agency
2415 University Avenue, East Palo Alto
1(800) 223-8383

Human Services Agency
400 Harbor Blvd., Belmont
1(800) 223-8383

What if I have questions about Cal-Learn?

For all inquiries about Cal-Learn in San Mateo County, please contact Guillermo Vasquez, MSW.

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Asia’s Story

Asia was referred to Cal-Learn at the beginning of her senior year of high school. The mother of a two year old daughter, Asia’s goal was to go to college and become an ultrasound technician. Her Cal-Learn case manager worked with her to explore colleges and internship opportunities related to her career goal. Asia maintained a 3.0 GPA average while also working part-time. She also took advantage of other resources and supports, such as a teen mother support group and the Adolescent Family Life Program. Asia earned her diploma in Spring 2015 and received a college scholarship.

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