Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

CARE Students at graduation in their cap and gown

What is CARE  |  CARE Eligibility Requirements  |  CARE Support Services (in addition to EOPS)
CARE Student Participation Opportunities  |  Student Commitments to CARE

What is CARE?

The CARE program is a state-funded program designed to assist single parents who are receiving CalWORKs/TANF and are EOPS eligible. CARE students are given guidance and support to achieve their educational and personal goals. The CARE staff understands how a single parent supporting a family may feel overwhelmed trying to balance the responsibilities of education and home. We are here to help qualified students balance those responsibilities by offering additional financial assistance and support services.

Before joining the CARE program, students must first be eligible and accepted into the EOPS program.

CARE Spring 2024 Important Calendar Dates

CARE Important Dates for CARE

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CARE Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be eligible and meet all EOPS eligibility requirements
  • Parent must be 18 years old or older
  • Parent and/or child must be a recipient of CalWORKs/TANF
  • Single and head of household
  • Must have at least one child under the age of 18

CARE Support Services (in addition to EOPS)

Services are subject to change depending on funding availability.

  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Community referrals
  • School supply voucher
  • Monthly gas cards
  • Unmet need grants
  • CARE scholarships

CARE Student Participation Opportunities

  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Annual graduation and awards banquet
  • Campus and community referrals and events
  • Conferences and special events
  • Educational workshops
  • EOPS/CARE/Guardian Scholars Club
  • Field trips and volunteer opportunities
  • Support group
  • Coffee chats

Student Commitments to CARE

Once students have been accepted into the CARE program, their commitment to the program includes the following:

  • Attend three (3) EOPS/CARE counseling appointments each semester (Fall & Spring)
  • Attend four (4) CARE activities each semester (Fall & Spring)
  • Attend four (4) CARE workshops each semester (Fall & Spring)
  • Complete an Agency Certification form for benefit verification annually (must be signed and stamped by the eligibility worker or case worker)
  • Complete a Student CARE Mutual Responsibility Contract annually
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (Complete 50% of total units attempted annually with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0)
  • Meet twice with the CARE Specialist each semester

Our commitment is to provide CARE students with the needed support to succeed at Golden West College. To help the student succeed, we provide financial assistance and support services.

If you want more information about the CARE program, please email Lorena Perez, CARE Specialist, at

The EOPS/CARE/NextUp/Guardian Scholars program accepts applications on
an ongoing basis. Apply online NOW!