About the Family Resource Center
Laytonville Healthy Start Family Resource Center was established in 1997 with a California Healthy Start grant aimed at assisting families whose children attended Laytonville schools. The Center is a collaborative formulated under Harwood Memorial Park, Inc., a local non-profit organization and the Laytonville School District. It is open to the public Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday.
Laytonville Healthy Start provides a wide variety of family strengthening services. The primary target populations for the Center are school children, youth and their families, but the Center does its best to serve anyone who walks through the door. In 2010, Laytonville Healthy Start and its programs served over 1,000 Laytonville children, teens, adults and seniors.
The 2012 projected budget is $300,000 with funds primarily from a Federal Drug Free Communities Grant for the agency’s coalition, Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (MAA) reimbursement, “BRONCO” Safe Schools/Healthy Students program, Mendocino County Department of Social Services (Office of Child Abuse Prevention funds) and First 5 Mendocino. In addition, Laytonville Healthy Start relies on community donations and fundraising to support programs. Harwood Memorial Park, Inc. employs several people in community-based positions such as: Long Valley Dance and Fitness Center, Homeless Liaison, After– School program staff and Teen Staff for various programs.
The Laytonville Healthy Start Team
There are five positions that comprise the Healthy Start Team:
- l FTE Director
- 1 FTE Certified Application Assistant/Clerical Support
- 2 .5 FTE Mentoring and Family Liaisons
- 1 FTE AmeriCorps
- .4 FTE Bookkeeper
Meet the people that make up our team.
The Healthy Start Coalition
About the Laytonville Community
According to the 2010 Census, 1,227 people live in the greater Laytonville area. Ethnically the population of Laytonville is 14% Native American, 8% Latino, and 78% White. Twenty-five percent of the population is under the age of 18. Laytonville is located in the unincorporated area of Mendocino County and has no county agencies/satellites offices to provide health and human services for children and families. In 2002, some of the most pressing issues identified for this northern inland area were: alcohol and other drug services, lack of access to health care and child abuse and neglect. Today, the Center also identifies the need for transportation services, services for adults and seniors and affordable childcare and housing in the Laytonville area.
Since Laytonville is a rural and isolated community in Northern Mendocino County, many of the residents rely on the Family Resource Center to provide services such as Medi-Cal and Healthy families insurance sign-ups, Food Stamps (Cal Fresh), and provide referrals and information to outside agencies.