Healthy Start

Shafter Healthy Start Family Resource Center

Shafter Healthy Start's Mission Statement: To strengthen families by building bridges between families, schools and community services.


  • To improve school readiness and student academic performance.
  • To promote the welfare of children and families.
  • To provide one-stop access to coordinated community programs and services.
  • To improve the health and fitness of children and families.


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 currently empowering families in the community of Shafter and beyond through a program called Differential Response.

Differential Response is an approach that ensures child safety by expanding the ability of child welfare agencies to include a focus on a broader set of responses for working with families, including innovative partnerships with community-based organizations, that can help support families that are in need and before further problems develop. Community-based, integrated case management services are the foundation for Kern's Differential Response (DR) service model. DR Case Managers' role is to provide supportive services.  

For additional information:

First 5 Kern Shafter SRI Program:

Shafter School Readiness Center-based Program
: The main goal of the School Readiness program is to prepare 4-5-year-olds for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten through center-based activities.

School Readiness General Family Case-Management and General Child Case-Management Services: The program provides general case management services for families with children ages 0-5 and for children between the ages of 0-5 to promote support through referrals and community-based direct services. Families and children receiving case management receive home visits and develop case plans to promote self-driven goals that support self-sufficiency. Families participate in early learning workshops.  The program also provides assistance with kindergarten enrollment and bridging activities.

Court Mandated Nurturing Parenting Classes: Classes are offered throughout the year. parenting classes. Classes promote parents’ knowledge of developmental milestones and norms.  A certificate of completion is received upon completion.

For additional information:

Mailing Address:
331 Shafter Avenue
Shafter, CA 93263

Physical Address:
300 N. Valley Street, Room 261
Shafter, CA 93263

Phone: (661) 746-8690
Fax: (661) 746-8694

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

For more information please contact Dr. Mayra Helo-Trevino, Director of Family and Student Support Services at (661) 746-8692