Parenting Students' One-Stop Shop


We understand the unique challenges parenting students face and have designed a one-stop shop for essential needs assistance, personalized coaching, parent groups, help with taxes, and so much more!

MyBenefits CalWIN is the fast, easy way for California residents to get the help they need.

We provide a Benefit Rep in the NEST (Aptos 902) every Monday 8am-12pm

For more information on the application process:

PHONE /POR TELEFONO: 1-888-421-8080
FAX: 831-786-7100
MAIL / POR CORREO: Santa Cruz HSD, P.O. BOX 1320, Santa Cruz, CA 95061


1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz
18 West Beach St., Watsonville
Assistance for Families & Children, Housing, Employment, Benefits and more!
WIC offers nutritious food and nutrition education to low-income women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age.

Locations in Santa Cruz County:

1105 Water Street

Santa Cruz, CA - 95062

(831) 426-3911

18 East Lake Avenue

Watsonville, CA - 95076

(831) 722-7121

Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street - English

Feb 2-Apr 15
Mon 1-6p
Tuesday 3-6p
Saturday 11a-3p

Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street - English

Feb 7-Apr 13
Thurs 9:30-11:30a
Sat 11a-1p

SC Community Credit Union, 324 Front Street - English, Spanish

Feb 1-Apr 12
Thurs 1-7p
Friday 12-5p

Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Rd - English

Feb 4-Apr 15
Mon 10a-12
The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is an annual tax credit for working people making between $1-$30,000. CalEITC provides critical support to Californians, helping them cover bills, pay for groceries, and other daily expenses.
To be eligible for CalEITC, one must:
  • File a California state tax return

  • Be at least 18 years old or have a qualifying child

  • Have 2022 taxable earned income between $1-$30,000

  • File with a valid SSN or ITIN for you, your spouse, and any qualifying children

  • Lived in CA at least half the filing year

  • Meet certain requirements if filing Married and Filing Separately

  • Not be a dependent of another taxpayer unless you have a qualifying child.

The Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) provides a credit up $1,083 per tax return for Californians
who qualify for CalEITC and have a child under 6 years old.
  • Your total wages, salaries, tips, and other employee compensation (whether subject to California withholding or not), if any, do not exceed $32,490

  • Your total net loss does not exceed $32,490, and You otherwise meet the CalEITC and YCTC requirements

Claudia Peixoto
Student Outreach & Wellness Coordinator

Aptos campus office located in 902

Watsonville campus office located in Student Resource Center (SRC) first floor Building A

The NEST is located Aptos Campus 902 (next to the Cafeteria)
In-person Appointments Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm and Virtual Appointments Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Monica Mendenhall
Retention & Basic Needs Coordinator
(831) 477-3382
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Karina Collins
Karina Collins
Housing Navigator
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Reach out if you need assistance!