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The CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education) program was established by the State of California “to help welfare recipients become convinced that they and their children are important, that they are capable, and that with proper support they can break the welfare dependency cycle through education and job training.” CARE is a supplemental component of EOPS that specifically assists EOPS students who are single heads of welfare households with young children, by offering supportive services so they are able to acquire the education, training and marketable skills needed to transition from welfare-dependency to employment and eventual self-sufficiency for their families. Every CARE student is an EOPS student who must meet the eligibility criteria for both programs.

EOPS and CARE are both state-funded student assistance programs that are located at 113 community college campuses throughout California.

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