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Web Links: Parents and Guardians

Page Index

Middle & High School
Career Options
Education & Training
Getting a Job
Money Management

In addition to the resources highlighted on California Career Center, parents and guardians are directed to the following resources.

Middle & High School

This web resource provides useful information on all aspects of study.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
The GATE program provides unique education opportunities for students who have been identified as gifted and talented. While GATE  is a statewide program, it is administered at the local level so contact your child's school for more information.

Career Options

California CareerZone
This career exploration web resource has three easy to use assessment tools that enable students to link themselves to 900 possible occupations. Occupational profiles can be explored by completing up to four assessments or directly by Explore Industry Sectors or Search Occupations. Links to California Colleges.

California Career Planning Guide
The California Career Planning Guide is a hard copy resource (100 pages) that guides students in developing a personal career action plan. From CalCRN’s website, users can download free English and Spanish graphic versions and English and Spanish text versions.

Parent Handbook: Career Development
A step-by-step guide for parents to use as they guide their child through career awareness and exploration.

Roadtrip Nation Series Curriculum   
Roadtrip Nation’s Series Curriculum serves as way to create meaningful conversations between you and your students. The guides in this curriculum follow each episode of the public television series Roadtrip Nation, which correspond to a specific theme (e.g., fear, risk, confidence). Guides also include engaging questions to help students define their own Roads in life.

Education & Training

U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center
The U.S. government has established the College Affordability and Transparency Center to provide information about tuition prices at postsecondary institutions.

Choose a School
This U.S. Department of Education site provides information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education.

Early Assessment Program (EAP)
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE), the California State University (CSU), and participating California Community Colleges (CCC). The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.

How Families Can Help Students Prepare for College?
The California State University (CSU) addresses how families can help students prepare for college. Topics include:  What classes should my child take? How important are grades? How will I pay for college? What will help my child succeed?

ScholarShare College Savings
California’s 529 College Savings Plan is explained to parents and guardians.

Standards for Career Ready Practice
These standards describe the fundamental knowledge and skills that students need to prepare for transition to postsecondary education, career training, or the workforce.

Military Careers

Today’s Military: Parent/Guardian
Resources for parents, guardians and educators to discuss the potential for entry into the military.

Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs
Learn more about the education benefits the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and each of the services have to offer.

Getting a Job

A Dating Game: How to Make Targeting Each Resume Make Sense to Students
Students learn the importance of tailoring resumes for potential employers.

The CareerSafe program teaches young workers how to stay safe in the workplace. Job search plus: successful completion of a 10 hour online class results in an OSHA-approved certification card.

The ServSafe® Food Safety Training Program provides training and certification for employment in the restaurant industry.

Work Experience Education and Student Work Permits
The California Department of Education provides information related to Work Experience Education and student work permits. E-mail Erle Hall at to obtain copies of the Work Permit Handbook for California Minors and the Work Experience Education Guide.

Youth@Work: Talking Safety California is a free resource with a curriculum, powerpoints and certificates.

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Adopted Youth

Adoption Awareness in School Assignments [PDF]
A Guide for Parents and Educators.

School Issues for Adopted Children
An article related to supporting success in school.

Youth With Disabilities

Family Involvement and Partnerships
The California Department of Education resources and support for parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities.

Life Success for Children with Learning Disabilities
Drawing on more than 20 years of groundbreaking research tracing the lives of children and adults with LD, researchers at the Frostig Center in Pasadena, California have identified key factors that contribute to success.

My Child’s Special Needs: Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education provides a variety of resources for the parents of special needs children.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Resources for families and communities.

Special Education Rights for Children and Families
This site describes the special education services available to you if your child is not doing well in school.

Think College
Resources for opening doors to colleges for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country.

Transition to Adulthood 
Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it. 

Homeless & Transient

Homeless Children and Youth Education
This site provides numerous programs, contacts, and documents that can assist in providing resources for homeless youth and their families.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth (NAEHCY)
NAEHCY is the only professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Foster Youth

Ready, Set, Fly! A Parent’s Guide To Teaching Life Skills [PDF]
Casey Family Programs designed this guide to help caregivers teach youth some of the skills that are needed to enable youth to live successfully on their own.

Pregnant & Parenting Teens

California School Age Families Education Program (Cal-SAFE)
Cal-SAFE provides academic and support services to help students to stay in school. Female and male students age 18 and younger who have not graduated from high school may voluntarily enroll in the Cal-SAFE Program if they are an expectant parent, a custodial parent, or a non-custodial parent taking an active role in the care and supervision of their child. An eligible student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible as long as there is an active IEP. Contact your local school district office to locate the Cal-SAFE program closest to you.


Migrant Education Program and Services
Provides information on statewide programs and services coordinated by California's Migrant Education Program.

Miilitary Dependents

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
The purpose of the Interstate Compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families due to the frequent moves and deployment of their parents. The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation.

Money Management

Make Money Choices
Have your student get a financial reality check by using Making Money Choices, a free online budgeting tool. Find out if your student’s adult lifestyle, career choice, and educational goals can result in the adult lifestyle your student is hoping to achieve.

Paying for College & Training
Help your student navigate the maze of financial aid, locate scholarships, and avoid scams.

The Mint
The Northwestern Mutual Foundation in partnership with the National Council on Economic Education provides parents with tools to help their children manage money and develop solid financial habits for the future.

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