California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)


Updated November 2018

This benefits and work supports initiative of the California Department of Social Services provides eligible families with cash aid and services. California Community Colleges operate more than 100 California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) programs that offer participants education, training, personalized supports, and job opportunities.

The target population for services is students who are CalWORKs/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash aid recipients, and whose education programs have been approved by a county as part of its Welfare-to-Work Plan. Services are available for up to 48 months.

Funding comes from state appropriation that counts toward California’s Maintenance of Effort requirement to provide support for select services at the same level every year. Set funding is dedicated for work-study, child care, and job development.

Resources: Overview