CalWORKs Is a Children’s Program

In recent weeks, as Californians have reacted to the Governor’s proposal to eliminate CalWORKs – the state’s welfare-to-work program – a lot of misleading “facts” about the program have been swirling around. One of the most common errors is understating the number of children enrolled in the program.

So, let’s set the record straight (again):

  • CalWORKs is a children’s program.
  • Children comprise 1.1 million of the 1.4 million Californians enrolled in CalWORKs.
  • Nearly four out of five CalWORKs recipients (77.8 percent) are children.

These and other key facts about the CalWORKs Program are worth keeping in mind as state policymakers look for ways to close the state’s $17.9 billion budget gap in the days and weeks ahead.


— Scott Graves

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