Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE)





CARE Program and Services

Cooperative Agencies & Resources for Education (CARE) at Santa Monica College is a state funded program designed to recruit and assist recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Eligibility Requirements

  • A student is eligible if he/she meets the following criteria:
  • Eligible and accepted to EOPS.
  • Are at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a current recipient of CalWORKs/TANF cash aid for yourself, or a dependent child or children, as a single head of household.
  • Attend a CARE Orientation.

CARE students may also be eligible for CalWORKs. For more information, see a CalWORKs counselor at the CalWORKs office.

CARE Services

CARE services provide additional assistance to meet the unique needs of single parents. Students determined to be CARE eligible may receive the following:

  • Academic/Personal Counseling
  • Educational Planning
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Tutoring
  • Workshops
  • Book and Supply Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Food Assistance: Drive-through Pantry, Meal Program (delivery service), grocery cards
  • Grants (Money to assist with childcare expenses and other school-related costs is awarded after disbursement of financial aid funds – awarded fall and spring is eligible.)

How to Apply

  1. Must be a current EOPS student and have completed their first EOPS counseling contact.
  2. Interested students will be directed to complete an online CARE application.
  3. Student to submit verification of cash government income – TANF verification. 
  4. Student will complete online CARE Orientation, upon review of application.

For more information or questions about CARE, contact:

Aaron De La Torre
EOPS/CARE Supervisor (Interim)