• CFRS is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) under the umbrella of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. We have four programs within our department:

    • Collaborative on Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
    • Welcome Every Baby/Family Connects (WEB/FC)
    • Health Linkages program 
    • Santa Barbara County Promotores Network

    Our programs and its subcontractors provide services to the families and children living within the boundaries of and or enrolled in  Santa Barbara County Schools. Services include but are not limited to newborn home visitation, parent education, teacher education, and support, access to and funding for oral health (including orthodontia), and health screenings. Our program also offers health safety and social support services to early childhood education and care programs, referral for enrollment of children and families into government-sponsored health plans, the integration of health promotores into public and private agency outreach efforts and service delivery systems as well as coordination of the SB County Promotores Network, and referral for support to other community partners.

    Our Mission:  

    Provide high quality, family-focused, strength-based services to build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County. 




    Works to promote and sustain healthy social-emotional development of young children in schools, homes, and in the community through collaborative planning, advocacy, and education. Our membership includes First 5 Santa Barbara County, Resource and Referral of SB County, early childhood education centers and family childcare providers, directors, teachers, and agencies that support high quality inclusive early education for infant, toddler, and preschool children. It is the goal of our team to increase awareness and use of the California Collaborative on Social/Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CA-CSEFEL) Teaching Pyramid. 


    is an evidenced-based community-wide nurse home visitation program for parents of newborns, regardless of income or socioeconomic status. WEB/FC offers 1 to 5 free home visits by a registered nurse/lactation consultant. WEB Nurse home visits my include a Pre-Integrated Home Visit shortly after discharge from the hospital to support breastfeeding or other potential emergencies. The integrated Home Visit is at approximately 2 to 4 weeks of post-hospital discharge. This visit uses the Family Connects Family support Matrix to assess in 4 broad areas: Support for Health Care, Support for Caring for Infant, support for a Safe Home, and Support for Parents(s). The visit assesses maternal/newborn health and psychosocial status. It provides lactation support anticipatory guidance and education on parenting, as well as direct referrals and a warm handoff with follow-up to community services. The purpose of WEB/FC is to increase child well-being by bridging the gap between parent needs and community resources. 


    provides oral health education, identifies dental disease, identifies orthodontia needs, and provides treatment services to low-income children in targeted subsidized preschool, child care, and elementary and middle school programs in Santa Barbara County. Health Linkages staff also provides support to medical and dental providers to implement fluoride varnish applications within their practices.  The Health Linkages program coordinates the fluoride varnish application for several school districts, migrant education, and special community events. Fluoride Varnish applications are provided two times a year for state preschools, children centers, school readiness and Head Start programs, and kindergarten students at targeted elementary schools.     



    The Santa Barbara County Promotores Network is a grassroots network of individuals who are active members of our community. They actively involved in promoting healthy communities through education, policy change, and linking Santa Barbara County resources to health services.  Santa Barbara County Promotores Network members understand and respect the traditional beliefs of the Latino community and can help agencies integrate these cultural beliefs in their programs and services. They do this by engaging the underserved and marginalized Spanish-speaking recent immigrant community around strategies to enhance systems to improve community awareness about health and social service issues that affect them. We participate in health fairs, community forums, and peer-to-peer education and provide information on a variety of topics of interest or benefit to our community.     


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  • Contact

    Dr. Florene Bednersh, PhD
    (805) 964-4710, ext. 4480

    Traile Easland, BSN, RN, IBCLC
    Nurse Manager
    (805) 729-1593

    MaryEllen Rehse, MSW
    Health Linkages Coordinator
    (805) 964-4710, ext. 4465

    Darnyl Dal Bon
    Office Assistant
    (805) 964-4710, ext. 4453
    Fax (805) 682-4643

    Josefa Rios
    Health Advocate/Lead Promotora South County
    (805) 964-4710, ext. 4404

    Maribel Landeros
    Health Advocate/Lead Promotora Mid & North County
    (805) 680-7805

    Children and Family Resource Services
    3970 La Colina Road
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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