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Management Bulletin 11-28

Early Education and Support Division

Subject: Minor Parents’ High School Attendance and Vocational Goal

Number: 11-28

Date: August 2011

Expires: Until Rescinded

Authority: California Education Code sections 8263 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 18087

Attention: Executive Directors and Program Administrators of all Child Care and Development Programs


The purpose of this Management Bulletin (MB) is to clarify the vocational goal as described in California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR) Section 18087, for a minor parent who is attending high school.


It has come to our attention that there is confusion on how to apply the vocational goal provisions of 5 CCR Section 18087 for minor teen parents who are attending high school and need child care.


California Education Code (EC) Section 8263 (2) (B) provides the need requirement for a parent “because the parents are engaged in vocational training leading directly to a recognized trade, paraprofessional, or profession.”

EC Section 48200 provides the requirement for compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education to student parents to 18 years of age, unless otherwise exempted.


The Early Education and Support Division (EESD) recognizes that the compulsory educational goal for a parent attending high school should be to receive their high school diploma or equivalent. Because completion of high school is a requirement placed on minors by state law (EC 48200), high school should be treated as a legitimate need for services pursuant to EC 8263. The provisions of 5 CCR Section 18087 are met when a parent attends high school or its equivalent until after the teen parent’s 18th birthday, or high school graduation, whichever is later.

Questions regarding the information in this MB should be addressed to your EESD Field Services Consultant at or by phone at 916-322-6233.

This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5.

Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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