About AB 132 and the
What is the Cradle-to-Career System?
Established by California Assembly Bill 132 (AB 132), California’s Cradle-to-Career (C2C) System is intended to be a suite of user-friendly resources focused on early learning through K-12 and higher education, as well as on the financial aid and social services that help students reach their goals.
What the C2C System will include:
- Planning and application tools for students, families, and educators to streamline the college and financial aid processes and monitor student progress.
- Dashboards, query tools, and an analytical data set for researchers, policymakers, educators, and community members to inform research, advocacy, and policy analysis.
- Community engagement and training to raise awareness of the data system and ensure it can be used by students, families, educators, researchers, and policymakers.
The long-term goal for CaliforniaColleges.edu is to provide the infrastructure through which the Cradle-to-Career System will streamline the high school-to-college segment of the educational pipeline.
What Does AB 132 Require?
AB 132 outlines specific steps that must be taken in order to implement the C2C System and realize its objectives. These include:
|1||Make CCGI’s tools and services free to all California school districts serving 6th-12th grade students, with a goal of full participation by June 30, 2026.|
|2||Require the California Department of Education to:|
|3||Designate CaliforniaColleges.edu as the preferred starting point for all applications to California public colleges, along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA). This streamlines the process by ensuring:|
|4||Require an annual “Student Experience” audit of the processes and tools (such as application platforms) that students must use to apply for college and financial aid. Its goal will be to identify conflicting information, unnecessary procedural barriers, and user experience problems.|