B. Pregnant or Parenting Teens Not in Cal-Learn


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The Pregnant or Parenting Teen Not in Cal-Learn section includes the following information:




19-year old Parents

16 through 19-year old Teens with HS Diploma or GED

Cal-Learn Exclusions

Evaluation of Learning or Medical Problem



Pregnant or parenting teens that are ineligible for participation in the Cal-Learn Program may be required to participate in Welfare to Work (WTW) activities to receive their portion of the CalWORKs cash aid grant. 


19-year old Parents

A 19-year old custodial parent ineligible to participate in Cal-Learn and without a high school diploma must participate in WTW activities to earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.  


Below are situations where it is appropriate to consider other/additional WTW activities for a 19-year old custodial parent:



And When…


the participant agrees additional training would be beneficial

the ECM determines it is appropriate

concurrent vocational education should be considered.

the ECM evaluates for a learning or medical problem and discovers an issue

the ECM determines participation in high school diploma or GED activities is inappropriate

the participant may be reassigned to another approved WTW activity. 

the participant comes to Appraisal and is already in an education or vocational training program

the program is approvable as a SIP

the participant shall be allowed to continue participation as a SIP. 


16 through 19-year old Teens with HS Diploma or GED

Pregnant or parenting teens aged 16 through 19-years old with either a High School Diploma or GED must participate 32/35 hours per week in WTW activities unless otherwise exempted. 


Cal-Learn Exclusions

Teens eligible for, participating in, or exempt from the Cal-Learn program are excluded from:

·        60-month time limits (months that teens are eligible for Cal-Learn will not count toward the calculation of time limits)

·        school attendance requirements


Evaluation of Learning or Medical Problem

When an 18 or 19-year old non-Cal-Learn custodial parent is not making satisfactory progress in a high school or GED program, then the ECM must evaluate

·        whether it is possible for the participant to complete the program and

·        whether the program is beneficial to them.  


In order to make that determination, the ECM may require the participant to undergo an examination regarding their learning and/or physical abilities.  Depending on the outcome, the ECM may make a referral to any of the following:

·        Any approved WTW activity, including the participant’s previous activity

·        Existing special programs to meet the individual’s special needs

·        Job search services (if the individual has necessary skills to find job in the local market)

·        Assessment or reappraisal

·        Rehabilitation assessment and subsequent training


Note:  The participant must be involved in the decision made during the evaluation and will have the same appeal rights as those accorded to all program participants.