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Cal-Learn Program

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Are you, or someone in your household a teen who is pregnant or parenting? Did you know that the Cal-Learn Program can give your family additional money and services to help earn a High School Diploma?  Each year many teens complete their high school education through this program and move on to higher education, vocational school, and/or work.  These all lead to independence and a better life for you and your family.

You can earn $100 up to four times a year if you get a Grade Point Average of 2.0 and above in school.  In addition, when you get your high school diploma, you will also get a one-time payment of $500!

If you are 19 years old and were enrolled in the Cal-Learn Program at any time, you may volunteer in the program until you turn 20 years old or finish high school, whichever comes first. 

The main purpose of Cal-Learn is to help you finish high school.  The program will give you many benefits including money for books, tests, school supplies, bus passes, child care, and much more. 

If you qualify, you will be assigned to an Adolescent Family Life Program agency that will assign a Cal-Learn Case Manager to you.  The Case Manager is there to help you with any difficult situations that you may be facing.  This can include: help finding a school that is good for you and your baby, counseling, child care, parenting classes or with anything else that prevents you from enrolling and attending school.  Your Case Manager may also refer you to other services and benefits available in the community.

You may ask your Case Manager to meet you any place you want if you are not comfortable going to an office.  This may include a local coffee shop, restaurant, park, etc. 

If Cal-Learn is mandatory for you, you will be asked to turn in your report card to your Case Manager each quarter or semester.  You may have your CalWORKs reduced up to $50 for two months in a row each time a report card is due, and you do not turn it in.

If you believe you have a good reason not to participate in the program, you need to speak to your Case Manager to see if you qualify for an exemption or good cause.  Your Case Manager will let you know what choice is best for you.

You may contact your family’s Eligibility Worker if you have additional questions about the Program.  You can also call the nearest Adolescent Family Life Program agency listed below for assistance:

El Nido Family Centers

  •  San Fernando Valley – (818) 896-7776
  • South Los Angeles – (323) 998-0093
  • Antelope Valley – (818) 896-7776

Foothill Family Services

  • Duarte - (626) 993-3000

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Project NATEEN)

  •  Hollywood Area - (323) 361-5982 or (323) 361-5981

Alta Med Health Services

  •  Los Angeles – (323) 307-0160

Basic Eligibility

The Cal-Learn Program is available to you if:

  • You are under the age of 19;
  • Receive CalWORKs (cash aid);
  • You are pregnant or parenting; and
  • Do not have a High School Diploma or equivalent.
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