Support Services

Services exclusively for students, parents, including pregnant mothers, infants, and toddlers enrolled our educational programs.

 

Disability Services

We offer inclusive education for children aged 0-5, collaborating with parents on individualized plans, referring children with suspected disabilities for evaluation, integrating IFSPs/IEPs into lessons, and providing parent workshops and resources for support.

child reading a book

Disability Services Overview

  • Inclusive educational environment for children aged 0-5, including those with disabilities.

  • Referral of children with suspected disabilities to San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center or Pomona USD Special Education for evaluation.

  • Collaboration with Regional Center and Special Education to ensure children with disabilities receive necessary services.

  • Incorporation of children's Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) or Individual Education Programs (IEPs) into weekly lesson plans.

  • Collaboration with parents to develop individualized plans for children's success.

  • Parent workshops offered to support understanding of supporting children at school and advocating for their needs.

  • Additional resources provided to parents addressing specific concerns related to their child's disability, if needed.

 
Disabilities Services Staff
The Disability Service and Mental Health staff at PUSD is available to provide consultations to parents, referrals for intervention support and referrals to community agencies to address children’s, parents, and families’ needs.
 
Licensed Clinical Social Workers
 Available Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
 
Stephanie Trejo-Langton
Head Start & Early Head Start
397-4740, ext. 25638
 
Claudia Rivera          
Head Start & Early Head Start
397-4740, ext. 25608
 
School Psychologist 
Available Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
 
Armando Montoya    
Early Head Start
397-4740, ext. 25683
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
 
Angélica Gamboa    
Head Start
397-4740, ext. 25432
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-3:00 pm

San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
 
San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
 
Special Education Office
 
Special Education Office
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Mental Health Services

Our early education programs aim to foster children's self-control, self-esteem, positive peer interactions, secure attachments, and emotional expression. Mental Health staff offer consultations, workshops, parenting strategies, classroom observations, and community agency connections, providing support during traumatic events. Feel free to reach out for assistance if needed.

child in swimming pool wearing a life jacket

 

 

Our goal is to nurture the development of every child enrolled in our early education programs, fostering their self-control, high self-esteem, positive peer interactions, secure attachments, and emotional literacy across a spectrum of feelings. Our dedicated Mental Health staff offers consultations and workshops for parents, equipping them with effective parenting strategies and tools.. They conduct classroom observations to provide tailored support for staff and facilitate connections with community agencies as necessary. In times of familial trauma, we stand ready to offer additional support and resources. Do not hesitate to reach out to us should you require assistance!

What is mental health?

Mental Health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being of children. It affects how children think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how children handle stress, relate to their peers, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life. Mental health looks at possible social, emotional, and behavioral concerns and it is important to overall health.

Why would a preschool age child need Mental Health services?

Concerns with social emotional learning such as difficulty managing behaviors, stress, emotions, or difficulty problem solving. In addition, latest research in child development has found that even very young children can be seriously affected by early life traumas, such as loss of a parent, divorce, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse in the family or frequent change in living situations. Young children can react to such trauma with various emotional distress and challenging behaviors. Without early identification and intervention, mental health issues may possibly interfere with healthy development.

How do I know if my child needs Mental Health services or help?

There are some behavioral indicators that can help determine if a child may be experiencing emotional difficulties: repeated tantrums or consistently behaves in a defiant or aggressive way; seems sad or unhappy, or cries a lot; withdrawal; change in eating habits; bed wetting and regression to earlier behaviors that they’ve outgrown, decline in school performance, poor academic growth despite strong efforts.

What kind of Mental Health Services do you offer for children and families?

The Mental Health Department is staffed by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, School Psychologist, and a graduate school Mental Health Intern. All offer consultations to families, make observations in child’s classrooms, conduct home visits, and meet with teachers and parents. In addition, staff is readily available to support parents during stressful situations, or any need or questions they may have in relation to mental health.

How can I start the process to get Mental Health services for my child or/and my family?

Contact your child’s teacher or family services advocate for a referral with Mental Health services. You can also contact the Mental Health staff directly via our Contact Us tab. And keep up to date on our webpage on parent webinars/ trainings available for FREE, and other parent resources.

 

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social-emotional learning is the process of developing self-awareness, self-control and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. Individuals with strong social-emotional skills are able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally and socially. Individuals also possess strong problem-solving skills, self-discipline, impulse control, and can regulate e
 

Social & Emotional Learning: What Is It and Why It Matters

 

Activities to support the development of social-emotional learning.

1. Make a Visual Schedule

Young children thrive on routine and schedule, and you can visualize that for them. A schedule or routine accompanied with pictures is a great way for children to complete tasks and promote independence. Try the following links for FREE printable schedules or get creative and create your own!.

2. Use a Feelings Chart

A feelings chart is an invaluable tool to support children in discovering and understanding their emotions. This promotes increased self-regulation and a fun way to have conversations with young children about their feelings. When a child is experiencing big emotions, ask children to point to the emotion face on the feelings chart, help them name it and support them to talk about their emotions.

3. Read Social Stories

Social stories are specific type of books that are geared toward promoting your child’s social-emotional learning (SEL); they help process and understand emotions through relating to the characters in the stories. If you would like some recommendations, please refer to our suggested picture books list tab. While reading the stories prompt your child with open ended questions such as: How do you think this character is feeling?, Why do you think (character) is feeling this way?, What would you do if you felt (emotion)?, How would you react?, What could you do to make (character) feel better?

4. Dance

Movement has been proven to increase children’s mood, self-regulation and helps children stay healthy overall. Dancing promotes increased emotional intelligence in young children and you can ask your child to move any way the music makes them feel.

5. Yoga and Mindfulness

Yoga and mindfulness activities are beneficial for young children as they are for us! These activities can teach your child how to relax and calm their bodies, allowing them to gain self-control and self-regulation.

 

 
Recommended Emotional Intelligence Books
 
Picture books are a great way for children to explore and recognize their emotions. Books are an easy way to strengthen you child’s social emotional intelligence while setting time aside for you to spend some quality time together. While reading together you can ask your child the following questions:
  • Have you ever felt like that?
  • What would you do?
  • When do you feel like that?
  • What happens to your body when you feel (happy, sad, proud, mad, etc.)?
  • When are times you feel (happy, sad, proud, mad, etc.?)
 
Books for Anxiety
 
Ruby Finds a Worry book cover
 
Books for Anxiety
  • Ruby Finds a Worry
  • The Very Hungry Worry Monster
  • Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Breathe Like a Bear
 
Books for Grief
 
book cover of Invisible String 
 
Books for Grief:
  • The Invisible String
  • Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories
  • The Goodbye Book
  • Always Remember 
 
Books for Resilience
 
book cover for The Thing Lou Couldn't Do
 
Books for resilience:
  • The Thing LOU Couldn't Do
  • How to Catch a Star
  • Whistle for Willie
  • The Carrot Seed
 
 
Books for Anger
 
book cover of Llama llama mad at mama
 
Books for anger:
  • Llama Llama Mad at Mama
  • My No, No, No Day!
  • When I am Angry
  • Angry Cookie
 
Books for Kindness
 
book cover of book Tomorrow Kind
 
Books for kindness:
  • Tomorrow I'll be Kind
  • Kindness Makes us Strong
  • If You Plant a Seed
  • Pass It On
 
 
Books for Self-Esteem
 
Book cover for book  I Am Every Good Thing
 
Books for self-esteem:
  • I am Every Good Thing
  • Elephants Cannot Dance
  • Perfectly Norman
  • Skin Like Mine
 
 
Books for All Feelings
 
Book cover for book The Feelings Book
 
Other books for general feelings
  • The Color Monster a Story About Emotions
  • Calm-Down Time
  • My Body Sends a Signal
  • How Do You Feel?
 
 
 
Mental Health Services Staff
The Mental Health staff at PUSD is available to provide consultations to parents, referrals for intervention support and referrals to community agencies to address children’s, parents, and families’ needs.
 
Licensed Clinical Social Workers
 Available Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
 
Stephanie Trejo-Langton
Senior Social Worker, LCSW
(909) 397- 4740 ext. 25638
 
Araceli Delgado
Senior Social Worker, LCSW
(909) 397- 4740 ext. 25608
 
School Psychologist 
Available Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Leslie Lopez
School Psychologist, M.S, PPS
(909) 397- 4740 ext. 25432
 
Armando Montoya
School Psychologist, M.S, PPS
(909) 397- 4740 ext. 25863
 
 
 
News & Updates
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Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services provides comprehensive services to infants, children aged 0-5, and pregnant women, offering education on various nutrition topics and counseling for addressing nutrition concerns such as underweight, obesity, anemia, and diabetes. Additionally, the program connects families with food bank resources and collaborates with PUSD Food and Nutrition services to ensure enrolled children receive nutritious meals meeting their dietary needs.

 

child with a bowl of strawberries

 

Pomona Child Development Nutrition offers services to infants and children ages 0-5 as well as to our enrolled pregnant women.

  • We offer nutrition education including but not limited to Newborn feeding, Prenatal Nutrition and Food Safety, Introducing new Foods to Toddlers and Preschoolers, Healthy Eating on a Budget and much more.

  • Nutrition counseling is also offered to assist in addressing nutrition concerns such as; Underweight, Obesity, Anemia, Dyslipidemia, Failure to Thrive, Diabetes, and other Nutrition Concerns requiring Food accommodations in our school sites.

  • We continuously work on connecting our families with resources for food banks and other nutrition resources in the area.  

  • We work with PUSD Food and Nutrition services to ensure that our enrolled children are provided with nutritious meals, meeting their nutritional needs while enrolled in our program

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Parent Involvement

Committees, Bulletin Board, and Learning Resources

Join the Governance team at Early Head Start and Head Start to shape services through the Policy and Parent Advisory Committees, fostering leadership and advocacy among families. Explorer the Parent bulletin board with essential information, updates, and resources. Discover a wide range of linked learning activities designed to enhance communication, encourage parental involvement in your child's education, and support their educational journey.

 

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Student Technology

ClassDojo, Footsteps 2 Brilliance, Zoom, and Chromebook

 

Access our student technology support section to connect to essential platforms like ClassDojo, Footsteps 2 Brilliance, and Zoom, along with step-by-step instructions for Chromebook setup and Wi-Fi connection, ensuring smooth academic navigation for students.

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