The Healthy Start Office Hours are: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Carmen Luna, Healthy Start Navigator
Healthy Start was established in 1991 through Senate Bill 620, the Healthy Start Support Services for Children Act, to improve student learning and support families. Healthy Start enhances efforts to close the achievement gap by helping children and their family members gain access to an array of learning supports. While each local Healthy Start is unique, all are designed to do the following:
The California Department of Education (CDE) administers Healthy Start and awards two-year planning, five year operational, and seven-year combined planning and operational grants to local education agencies (LEAs).
Healthy Start is designed to serve children, youth, their family members, and the community. The program provides comprehensive school-integrated services and activities to meet the desired results identified in the areas of:
By Coordinating integrated service delivery linking children and family to needed support and services, Healthy Starts are designed to:
Community Partnerships-Healthy Starts develop community partnershipswith public and private partners to deliver coordinated physical and mental health services to children and their families. These services are provided to students at the school site or at other district locations.
Sustainability-Healthy Start programs leverage dollars to provide comprehensive services to families through in-kind support, and many partner collaborations, and grant dollars. Healthy Start provides LAUSD with 4 dollars for every dollar invested. This dollar leveraging translates to over 21 million dollars annually, at a 4:1 ratio.
Strategic Plan-Our goal is to provide all schools with the Healthy Start Collaboration Model of expertise in the development of School-Community Partnerships. Healthy Start Lead persons work with each Educational Service Center's Organization Facilitators to plan, develop, and implement program design.