The CARE program is a service provided through the EOPS program to assist the single parent students that have a child under the age of 14 and receives TANF. The additional services to CARE eligible students include CARE orientation and workshops, CARE grants, meal cards, gas cards, parking permits, and bus passes.
CARE is a program unique to the State of California and the California Community Colleges, and exists in campuses statewide. It was established in 1982 as a supplemental component of EOPS to provide support services and activities for the welfare-dependent, single head of household student population. In concert with recent Welfare Reform Legislation, the CARE program works collaboratively with the CalWORKS program. Students are able to participate both in CARE and CalWORKS and may receive services from both programs.
To qualify for the CARE program you must meet the following requirements:
- Have at least one child under age 14 at the time you enter CARE, and
- Be at least 18 years old, and a single head of household, and
- Be an EOPS participant
- Have an active CalWORKS case number, and
- receiving TANF (Cash Aid) for self or child(ren)
CARE students are provided:
- Academic and Vocational
- Enrichment workshops
- Support networks
- Money Grants
- Referral to campus and community resources
- Meal Vouchers
- Gas Cards/Bus Passes
- Merced College Semester Parking Passes
- Additional Book Services for those who qualify
Apply for CARE
To apply for CARE, download application (pdf), have your case worker complete their portion and see an EOPS/CARE staff member in the EOPS/CARE office. If you are not already an EOPS student, you will need to apply for and be accepted into the EOPS program before your CARE enrollment can become effective.