Shafter Healthy Start

Shafter Healthy Start
Family Resource Center

Mission Statement:
To strengthen families by building bridges between families, schools, and community services.


  • 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.
For more information contact:  
Monica Biggs
Shafter Healthy Start Clerk

Student Referrals
Richland School District staff may refer any student to Shafter Healthy Start for assistance in eliminating barriers affecting their success.
For more information contact:  
Monica Biggs
Shafter Healthy Start Clerk

School Readiness Preschool 

In partnership with Kern County First 5, center-based activities are provided for children ages 4 and 5 to prepare them for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  Students are provided with curriculum and supports in Student Social-Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, English Language Development, and Mathematics.   Case Management services may also be provided for the School Readiness' students and their families.

The program provides general case management services for our School Readiness students and their families.  These families are assigned a Family Advocate who make home visits and develop case plans to promote self-sufficiency. The program also provides assistance with kindergarten enrollment and parent education.
For more information contact:  
Yadira Cadena
SR Teacher and Lead Family Advocate

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 their children and to educate them with preventative skills.

Parent Education
Shafter Healthy Start offers school-to-home workshops, events, and meetings to educate parents with knowledge of developmental milestones and norms and how to advocate for their children. 

The 2019-2020 Parent Calendar is located in our office and will be uploaded to this website soon. 

Court Mandated Nurturing Parenting Classes are also available and a certificate of completion is provided upon completion.
For more information contact:  
Flora Quitoriano
Community Liaison

Shafter Healthy Start
Address and Phone Number

300 N. Valley Street
Shafter, CA 93263
Phone: (661) 746-8690
Fax: (661) 746-8694

Monday - Thursday    8:00 - 5:00 PM
Friday    8:00 - 11:00 AM