Healthy Start Program
Healthy Start is designed to serve children, youth, their family members, and the community by leveraging community partnerships to increase program resources. The program provides comprehensive school-integrated services and activities to meet the desired results identified in the areas of:
• Academics. • Youth Development • Family Support.
• Basic Needs. • Physical and Mental Health Care
By Coordinating integrated service delivery linking children and families to needed support and services, Healthy Starts are designed to:
• Ensure that each child recieves the physical, emotional, and intellectual support needed.
• Build the capacity of students and parents to be participants, leaders, and decision makers
in their communities.
• Help schools, other child, and family-serving agencies integrate their programs to provide
more effective support to children and their families.
Healthy Start Coordinators and Navigators are Certified Enrollment Counselors who assist all families apply for health insurance coverage. If you would like assistance enrolling in healthcare coverage or support accessing other basic need resources, give us a call at (213) 241-3840 Option #1.
Healthy Start - Historical Background
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:
- Ensure that each child recieves the physical, emotional,and intellectual support that he or she needs-in school, at home, and in the community-to learn well.
- Build the capacity of students and parents to be participants, leaders, and decision-makers in their communities.
- Help schools and other child and family-serving agencies to recognize, streamline and integrate their programs to provide more effective support to children and their families.
- 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). Community Partnerships-Healthy Starts develop community partnerships with 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.
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.