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Cal-Learn Program

Cal-Learn is a statewide program for pregnant and parenting teens in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program. It is designed to encourage pregnant and parenting teens to graduate from high school or its equivalent, become independent, and form healthy families. Three coordinated services help teens become self-sufficient adults and responsible parents:

  • Intensive case management assists teen parents to obtain education, health and social services.
  • Supportive services such as child care, transportation, educational expenses, to enable pregnant/parenting to attend school.
  • Bonuses and sanctions to encourage school attendance and good grades. Four $100 bonuses per year may be earned based on report card results, and a one-time $500 bonus for graduating or attaining an equivalent high school diploma. Sanctions are applied if satisfactory grades are not maintained, and/or timely report cards are not submitted.

For Whom

Pregnant/parenting teens who are receiving CalWORKs are required to participate in Cal-Learn if:

  • They are under the age of 19.
  • They live in the same household as their child,
  • They have not graduated from high school or its equivalent,
  • They are not in foster care.

Effective January 1, 1998, an otherwise eligible teen who is 19 years of age may continue to participate in the Cal-Learn Program on a voluntary basis until he/she earns a high school diploma or its equivalent or turns 20 years old.

Where To Get Help

Pregnant/parenting teens may apply for Cal-Learn services at any welfare office located in the county where they live. To find a nearby office, contact the county welfare department listed under the County Government Section of the telephone book, or use the links to the left.


  • Assists pregnant/parenting teens to attend and graduate from high school or its equivalent, become independent, and form healthy families.
  • Serves7,700 teensmonthly.