California Newcomer Education and Well-Being

Program Components   |   Grantees


The California Department of Social Services’ Office of Immigrant Youth administers and oversees the state-funded California Newcomer Education and Well-Being (CalNEW) program to provide support services to newcomer students, English learners, and immigrant families. The goal of the CalNEW program is to provide linguistically and culturally responsive support services to socioeconomically disadvantaged newcomer students and their families using school sites as the services hub. The purpose of the CalNEW is to support the academic engagement and social and emotional well-being of newcomer students.

Program Components

Grantees hire linguistically and culturally responsive staff to support the following program components: connections for basic needs support, family engagement and empowerment, and youth engagement and development.

Connections for Basic Needs Support: connect families with resources and services to address critical basic needs, such as food, housing, and health care, to support family stability and well-being. Allowable activities include:

  • Resource mapping;
  • Partnerships with local organizations to assist in addressing basic needs including physical and mental health, housing, food, transportation, and childcare, etc.;
  • Partnerships and outreach to increase access to public benefits; and
  • Partnerships with legal immigration service providers to conduct on-site outreach for the CalNEW program.

Family Engagement and Empowerment:  Integrate parents into the school community and equip them with the resources, information, and capacity to partner with schools in supporting their children’s education.  Allowable services and activities include:

  • Individualized support to immigrant families;
  • School events focused on engaging, informing, and supporting immigrant families;
  • Parent workshops to introduce immigrant families to leadership opportunities and inform them of available feedback; and
  • Targeted parent education such as digital literacy, early literacy, English as a Second Language, and citizenship classes.

Youth Engagement and Development:  Support the academic, linguistic, and socioemotional growth of students and build pathways to postsecondary success. Allowable activities include:

  • Academic enrichment, including out of school time and summer programs;
  • Civic engagement activities (i.e., newcomer leadership councils), leadership development, support groups, extracurriculars, and athletics; and
  • College and career counseling and preparation programs


There are 20 school districts and one County Office of Education in the CalNEW community of care. See the table below for a list of grantees.

Alameda Hayward Unified School District
Alameda Oakland Unified School District
Contra Costa Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Contra Costa West Contra Costa Unified School District
Fresno Fresno Unified School District
Fresno Mendota Unified School District
Los Angeles Glendale Unified School District
Los Angeles Los Angeles County Office of Education
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District
Marin San Rafael City Schools
Orange Garden Grove Unified School District
Orange Santa Ana Unified School District
Riverside Alvord Unified School District
Sacramento Elk Grove Unified School District
Sacramento San Juan Unified School District
Sacramento Twin Rivers Unified School District
San Diego Cajon Valley Union School District
San Diego Grossmont Union High School District
San Diego San Diego Unified School District
San Francisco San Francisco Unified School District
Stanislaus Modesto City Schools

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