Shafter Healthy Start Office

Shafter 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 health and fitness of children and families


Kern County Network for Children-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.


First 5 Kern School Readiness: The main goal of the School Readiness program is to prepare 4-5-year-olds for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten through center-based activities. The program provides general case management services for families with 0-5 children to promote support through referrals and community-based direct services.  The program provides assistance with kindergarten enrollment and bridging activities.


Shafter Family Resource Center


Hours: Monday - Thursday  8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

             Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am 


Mailing Address:


331 N. Shafter Ave. 

Shafter, CA 93263


Physical Address:


300 N. Valley St.

Shafter, CA 93263


Room 261


Phone: (661) 746-8690

Fax: (661) 746-8694 


For more information please contact:  Director of Student & Family Support Services, Rosa Romero at (661) 746-8690