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Child Mental Wellness

The Head Start Program works collaboratively with parents to secure mental wellness services from health care providers, local community resources, the local district, and other professionals. The wellness services are provided through education and activities for children, parents, and staff.


Wellness Support

Individual and small-group counseling for children is available upon referral from the classroom teacher or child's parent. The School Readiness Specialist and school district counselor/social worker work collaboratively to provide individualized services for children. Counseling activities occur during group or individual opportunities.
When necessary, the program contracts with a Wellness Consultant to observe the children and classroom staff for climate and behaviors. Staff receives feedback and recommendations to improve the overall classroom wellness environment. Follow-up consultations are provided throughout the school year.


Facts & Highlights

  1. Parents have opportunities to provide the program with information regarding their child's specific mental health concerns..
  2. Parents continue to have opportunities to grow by attending parenting education training and workshops concerning different topics on mental wellness issues.
  3. Guidance and counseling sessions are available for parents through local community agencies and outside agencies.
  4. Parents and staff are trained in the area of Child Abuse and Violence Prevention.
  5. Classroom lessons are provided to the children to support self-esteem building, friendships, drug awareness and violence prevention.

Tri-County Head Start Contacts:

Lisa Ochoa
Health, Dental & Nutrition Facilitator
(210) 370-5662
Bertha Salinas
Health, Dental & Nutrition Facilitator
(210) 370-5708


Bexar County Head Start Contacts:

Mary DeLeon
Health, Dental & Nutrition Facilitator
(210) 370-5648
Ernestine Ramos
Health, Dental & Nutrition Facilitator
(210) 370-5762
Laura Martinez
Health, Dental & Nutrition Facilitator
(210) 370-5685
Sandra Sandoval
Health, Dental & Nutrition Facilitator 
(210) 370-5649