Skip to main content
Payment calendarCheck mailed October 28Direct deposit November 1

Retirement planning IRL (in real life)

Pension Sense blog | January 22, 2020

Map of California with CalSTRS member service centers marked
CalSTRS has eight member service center locations statewide.

In an age when smartphones and web apps are displacing real-life interaction, sometimes “old-fashioned” communication is the most effective way to have your questions answered.

That’s why we encourage you to visit CalSTRS in person as you plan your retirement.

We have eight member service centers, including our headquarters in West Sacramento, where you can learn about retirement—whether it’s close at hand or far in the future.

Our member service centers offer:

  • Workshops to help you understand your defined benefit pension, prepare for retirement, and access additional savings opportunities, including Pension2®—a voluntary CalSTRS program that offers traditional and Roth 403(b) and 457(b) options.
  • Benefit planning sessions that give you a chance to talk face-to-face with an expert and ask questions important to you. Sign up and you’ll learn with your peers in an interactive small-group setting. Each session is tailored to a specific phase of your career—whether you’re early career, mid-career or nearing retirement.
  • General walk-in assistance.
  • CalSTRS publications and forms pick-up.
  • Forms drop-off.

In addition to our eight member service centers, there are a few other options such as satellite offices and counseling services through county offices of education.

If you’re unable to visit us in person, call 800-228-5453, option 3, to schedule a phone session.

We know you’re busy—being an educator is more than a full-time job—but dropping by is worth your while. Visiting your local CalSTRS member service center is a great way to explore your retirement options and get answers to questions you never knew you had.