CalWORKs 2.0 – Working Toward Serving Families in a Holistic Way
In 2016, CWDA launched a project called the CalWORKs Strategic Initiative, later renamed “CalWORKs 2.0,” with the goal of transforming CalWORKs into a comprehensive program that better meets the needs of individual families and supports families in a more holistic way.
The project provides county human services agencies and CWDA an opportunity to assess the many program and policy changes that have occurred in the CalWORKs program in recent years under the direction of the Legislature and Governor and identify programmatic components that should be woven together in response to those changes.
Counties partnered with national leaders known for their expertise in designing and executing two-generational programs. Partners include Mathematica Policy Research, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Crittenton Women’s Union. These experts helped CWDA design and develop a package of tools, curricula, performance metrics, and web-based facilitation of best practice sharing among counties that counties have implemented to improve outcomes for children and families.