Teen Parent Program

The San Marcos Cal-SAFE/School Age Family Education Program

About the Program

The California School Age Families Education (Cal-SAFE) Program is a comprehensive, integrated, community-linked, school-based program that serves expectant and parenting students and their children. The Cal-SAFE Program is designed to improve the educational experience, increase the availability of support services for enrolled students, and provide child care and development services for their children. Our program provides support services to any teen parent attending school in the San Marcos Unified School District.

Mission Statement

The mission of the San Marcos Unified Cal-SAFE program is to support pregnant and/or parenting students by providing a nurturing, caring and supportive environment so that they achieve their highest academic potential.

Program Philosophy

The San Marcos Unified School District holds a firm commitment to providing a quality program that recognizes, respects and honors the individuality of each child and family. A cooperative network between school, home and community have been established to provide the crucial foundation for enabling students to successfully deal with their present environment and responsibilities in school and life.


Participation in the teen parent program is completely voluntary. Please contact our Program Director, Marcie Calloway, at 760-290-2450 or 760-290-2451 for enrollment procedures. A program liaison will then meet with the student and their parent to complete the necessary paperwork.

Student Eligibility

Female and male students age 18 and younger who have not graduated from high school may voluntarily enroll in the program if they are an expectant parent, a custodial parent, or a parent taking an active role in the care and supervision of their child. An eligible student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is eligible as long as there is an active IEP. If a student is continuously enrolled in the program and has not graduated before reaching age 19, the student may be enrolled for one additional semester. As long as teen parents are enrolled in the Cal-SAFE Program, their children are eligible for services until age five or entry into kindergarten, whichever


Pregnant and/or parenting students may stay enrolled in their own school(MHHS, SMHS, TOHS) while receiving support services from our Cal-SAFE staff on an individual basis. Students must first enroll in the Cal-SAFE Program in order to receive support services from our district.

Summary of Services

Student support services include: Case Management, Parenting Education, Career/Vocational Education, Nutritional Supplements, Home to School Transportation and Childcare.


Admission to our child care center is based on the capacity in the childcare rooms. Every effort is made to accommodate the needs of our student-parents and their child. Please call our office to be put on a waiting list as soon as their baby is born. The student may need to find alternative childcare while waiting for an opening in the childcare center.

Student and Child Services

Our Cal-SAFE staff is committed to providing a nurturing and caring learning environment for young parents while completing their high school education. Students learn to make healthy living choices and learn successful parenting techniques. Child care is provided at the Foothillls High School site.

The academic component of the program is designed to enable students to continue or complete their education, secure gainful employment, and develop skills needed to provide a safe and caring environment for themselves and their children. The support services include:

Childcare centers that provide hands-on supervised experiences in caring for babies/toddlers

Parenting classes to reinforce positive parenting techniques

Health care instruction and community service that provides information on pregnancy, facts on child bearing, prenatal care, and self-help resources

Vocational counseling

Nutritional information

Students may be referred to the program by parents, counselors, nurses, doctors, other students, and local agencies.

.Cal-SAFE Program Goals____

A significant number of eligible female and male students in need of targeted supportive services related to school success will be served.

Students shall have the opportunity to be continuously enrolled in the program through graduation from high school.

Students served who receive program services for one or more years will earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Students served who graduate will transition to postsecondary education, including a technical school, or into the world of work.

Students served and their children will not become welfare dependent.

Students served will demonstrate effective parenting skills.

Students served will not have a repeat birth or father a repeat pregnancy before graduating from high school.

Pregnant students served will not have a low birth weight baby.

Children of enrolled teen parents will receive child care and development services based upon the assessed developmental and health needs of the child.