CalWORKs provides temporary financial assistance, employment and educational services, and a variety of other supports to eligible families with (or expecting) children.
- Financial support for up to 60 months: Use the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to get cash at ATMs. Some ATMs do not charge a fee for EBT use (see ATM list).
- One-time cash and non-cash assistance: Choose to get a one-time, lump-sum payment instead of on-going CalWORKs payments. You will still have access to other non-cash assistance, such as childcare. Note for immigrants: This aid option does not trigger public charge or require contacting a
- Families Rising (FaR) CalWORKs Home Visiting Program: Focuses on parent education in early childhood development, and provides connections to resources to support overall family well-being. Learn more.
- Child care: Free or subsidized child care services.
- Free diapers: For children under age three. Learn more
- Teen parenting program: Cal-Learn program supports positive parenting and school attendance for parenting or pregnant teens.
In most cases, all family members on CalWORKs who are 18 or older participate in the Welfare-to-Work employment services program. We will help you create an individualized plan that includes the training, education, or employment activities you choose. Even after you have found a job, you may still be able to receive supportive services, such as child care and transportation, to help you keep your job and advance in your career.
- Employment services: Job placement, training, career counseling services, and more through the JobsNOW! program.
- Education: Support for ESL, GED, and a high school diploma. For postsecondary education, visit the CalWORKs office at City College.
- Supportive services: Money for uniforms, work tools, books and supplies, transportation, and other work and school supports.
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