Pregnant and parenting teens under the age of 20 receiving CalWORKs cash assistance who have not obtained a high school diploma are required to participate in the Cal-Learn Program. This program is designed to assist these teens to receive their high school diploma or equivalent. LCDSS contracts with the local Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) to provide Cal-Learn services. When a CalWORKs recipient meets the criteria for the Cal-Learn Program, staff sends a referral to register the recipient in the program.
Individuals participating in the Cal-Learn Program receive fiscal incentives and disincentives, as well as needed supportive services and intensive case management. Fiscal incentives range from $100 to $500 and can be paid when the participant graduates from high school, passes the General Education Diploma exam, or receives passing grades on a school report card. Fiscal disincentives in an amount of $50 or $100 are deducted from cash assistance payments over a two-month period; these disincentives can be based on making less than adequate progress on a report card or failure to turn in a report card. Supportive services include assistance with childcare, transportation or any other expenses related to participation in the Cal-Learn program.