What Is CalWORKs?CalWORKs is an acronym for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids. The program was established in California under AB 1542, in response to federal welfare reform to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF.) CalWORKs provides temporary cash aid assistance to families with dependent children in order to help meet basic needs. They also assist parents in completing training programs that assist the family’s move towards self-sufficiency.
The CalWORKs Program at Chaffey College assists students who receive cash aid and are required to participate in Welfare-to-Work/GAIN. Students must be either enrolled, or plan to enroll in an academic program at Chaffey College and must be receiving cash aid for themselves as well as for their children. We provide educational planning services to students and collaborate with the San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department (TAD), Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), and Riverside County DPSS to help students meet their Welfare-to-Work/GAIN requirements. Students meet with a counselor for completion of required documents (Individual Education Plans, training verifications for child care approval, attendance and progress reports, etc.) as well as for regular progress checks.