California School Age Families Education (Cal-SAFE) Program
The Cal-SAFE Program model began in 2000 and provides a comprehensive, integrated, community-linked, school-based program for expectant and parenting students and their children in 127 local educational agencies. Program goals for enrolled students include an increased number of students graduating from high school and making the transition into postsecondary education or the world of work (2010 data for the program has shown a 73 percent graduation rate), decreased dependency on welfare, improved parenting skills, and fewer incidents of repeat births to teen mothers. Female and male students age eighteen or younger who have not graduated from high school may voluntarily enroll in the Cal-SAFE program if they are expectant parents, custodial parents, or parents taking an active role in the care and supervision of their child. Students with an active special education individualized education program (IEP) are eligible regardless of age or grade level as long as they have not yet graduated. Children of enrolled student parents are eligible for child care and development services from birth until five years of age, or until the child is enrolled in kindergarten, whichever occurs first.
In February 2009, Senate Bill 4 of the Third Extraordinary Session placed the Cal-SAFE Program into a block grant (Tier 3), allowing local educational agencies flexibility with regard to use of funds and program requirements through June 30, 2013. In July 2009, Senate Bill 2 of the Fourth Extraordinary Session restored the program requirements for the Child Development component of the program. In April 2011, Senate Bill 70 of the 2011-12 Regular Session extended flexibility with regard to use of funds for programs in the Categorical Block funding through the 2014-15 fiscal year.
For more information, contact the Child Development Division, Cal-SAFE Program, at 916-319-0541. Additional information is available on the CDE Expectant and Parenting Students Web page.