Shafter Healthy Start

Mayra Helo, Ed.D.
Director of Student & Family Services
Shafter Healthy Start Program Director
McKinney-Vento & Foster Youth Liason 661-364-8692

Shafter Healthy Start
Family Resource Center                    

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Mission Statement:
To strengthen families by building bridges between schools and community to establish a concrete foundation for student success.


  • To improve school readiness for children 4-5 years old
  • To eliminate barriers for student academic success
  • To promote the welfare of children and their families
  • To provide one-stop access to coordinated community programs and services
  • To provide parent education


Shafter citizens who are in need of services such as food, clothing, housing, unemployment, referrals for legal assistance, help with completing documentation for Medi-Cal, CalFresh, Child Support, or translation are welcome.

Kern County Differential Response 
Shafter Healthy Start in collaboration with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Kern County Network for Children, and the Department of Human Services is empowering families in the communities of Shafter, Delano, Wasco, McFarland, Buttonwillow, and Lost Hills.

Differential Response is an approach that ensures child safety by using intervention strategies to support parents and children and to educate them with preventative skills.

Differential Response Family Advocates: 

Yadira Cadena - Lead Family Advocate
Evonne Martinez
Margaret Ramirez
Marixza Rodriguez

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