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Santa Cruz Community Health Centers

Santa Cruz Community Health Centers

Organization Mission

We are working to ensure that all children from birth through adulthood are healthy and able to reach their full potential. We currently serve 11,000 low-income patients—over 800 of whom are homeless, including nearly 200 homeless children.

The Big Idea:
Live Oak Cradle to Career

We are investing in a significantly higher level of prevention and care—with best-practices in early identification and treatment to reduce developmental delays, toxic stress, abuse, neglect, and other trauma—dramatically increasing a child’s health, well-being and educational success from Cradle to Career.


Cradle to Career has two components: “Cradle to Crayon,” led by Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, focuses on the critical developmental stages of prenatal to age three; and “Crayon to Career,” led by the Live Oak School District, focuses on Pre-K to college. In both instances, the Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, along with C2C partners, work to improve coordination between medical and school settings, so kids get services and care when and where they need it with schools, health care, and families working together.

Cradle to Career also showcases the role that parent leaders provide to make our level of care possible as a model of community health.

C2C is inspired by this notion: “You cannot educate a child who is not healthy and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated.” Jocelyn Elders, former Attorney General


Before C2C, I felt isolated and depressed. Now I have real support and the opportunity to make a difference.

Angelica Caballero, Live Oak Parent, resident, and SCCHC patient (as are her children).