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California School Age Families Education Program   

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(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that communities implementing new programs or initiatives connect with existing program strategies and build upon existing local collaboratives, when possible, to provide a unified integrated system of service for children and families.

(b) No application for participation in the Cal-SAFE program is complete unless each county superintendent of schools, in conjunction with superintendents of school districts, the Adolescent Family Life Program, the Cal-Learn program, the local child care and development planning council as defined by Section 8499.5, and, as appropriate, other existing organizations such as Healthy Start and local job training councils, have developed a county service coordination plan for providing educational and related support services to pregnant and parenting teens and their children.

(c) The county service coordination plan shall include, at a minimum, all of the following information:

(1) Incidence of live births to teen mothers by a method to be determined by the State Department of Education.

(2) Incidence of pregnant and parenting pupils receiving welfare aid by a method to be determined by the State Department of Education.

(3) Incidence of low birth weight children born to teen mothers by a method to be determined by the State Department of Education.

(4) Educational alternatives for pregnant and parenting teens.

(5) Child care and development resources for the children of teen parents.

(6) Public and private resources providing support services necessary for pregnant and parenting teens to achieve academically.

(7) Gaps and overlaps in educational and support services for pregnant and parenting pupils and their children.

(8) Proposed strategies to address identified gaps and overlaps in services.

(d) The county service coordination plan shall be submitted to the State Department of Education no later than June 1, 2000.

(e) If the county service coordination plan is not submitted to the State Department of Education by June 1, 2000, a local education agency may only operate a Cal-SAFE program on an interim basis until January 1, 2001.

(f) The county superintendent of schools, in conjunction with superintendents of school districts, the Adolescent Family Life Program, the Cal-Learn program, the local child care and development planning council as defined by Section 8499.5, and, as appropriate, other existing organizations such as Healthy Start and local job training councils, shall annually review the county service coordination plan, update the plan as needed, disseminate the revised plan to superintendents of school districts within its jurisdiction, and submit a copy of the revised plan to the State Department of Education.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 71, Sec. 20.)