What is C.A.R.E.?
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (C.A.R.E.) provides additional assistance for eligible EOP/S students who are single parents receiving AFDC/TANF benefits to pursue a college education.
The CARE program was established by the State of California “to help welfare recipients become convinced that they and their children are important, that they are capable, and that with proper support they can break the welfare dependency cycle through education and job training.” CARE is a supplemental component of EOPS that specifically assists students, who are single heads of welfare households with young children, with supportive services as they acquire the education, training and marketable skills needed to transition from welfare-dependency to employment and eventual self-sufficiency for their families. Every CARE student is an EOPS student who must meet the eligibility criteria for both programs. There are currently 113 CARE programs in all 72 community college districts in California.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for the CARE program you must meet the following requirements:
- Eligible for EOP&S Program
- Single parent
- Head of Household
- Have at least one child under 14
- Currently receiving cash-aid, CalWORKs or TANF
What Services are Offered?
CARE students receive above and beyond support and services such as:
- Book vouchers
- Child care assistance
- Meal vouchers
- Transportation assistance
- Topical workshops
How Do I Apply?
CARE is NOW accepting applications for the Fall semester. Please come in to the office to first apply for the EOPS Program.