California Newcomer Education and Well-Being

The California Newcomer Education and Well-Being (CalNEW) project provides funding to school districts with a significant number of eligible students to improve their well-being, English-language proficiency, and academic performance.CalNEW project funding is intended to assist school districts in planning, designing, and implementing supplementary instructional and social adjustment support services.  The CalNEW project intends to address the needs of eligible students by fostering collaborative relationships between participating school districts, community based organizations, and service providers.

Authoritative Statute

Assembly Bill 99 (Chapter 15, Statutes of 2017) appropriated ten million dollars ($10,000,000) from the State General Fund to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) over three fiscal years beginning in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017-18 to provide additional services for refugees and other eligible school-age students.

Project Partners



Cajon Valley Union

San Diego

Elk Grove Unified


Glendale Unified

Los Angeles

Grossmont Union High

San Diego

Hayward Unified


Los Angeles Unified

Los Angeles

Modesto City Schools


Oakland Unified


San Diego Unified

San Diego

San Francisco Unified

San Francisco

San Juan Unified



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