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  • Jess Bernal, LMFT
    Jess Bernal, LMFT

    Jess Bernal, LMFT (He/They) Jess Bernal is an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Head Start/Early Head Start Consultant, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a certification of specialization in Behavior Analysis. They have spent over 15 years working with the birth to five population, specifically focusing on infant and early childhood mental health, neural and social/emotional development, staff and caregiver wellness, and mitigating the long-term effects of early childhood trauma. Jess strives to increase the general understanding of social/emotional development and behavior through a trauma-informed lens, while always staying true to the core values of inclusion, diversity, and social justice. With almost a decade of experience working within the Mental Health and Disabilities content areas of both Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Jess offers a variety of training and consultative services to ensure that Head Start and Early Head Start grantees are not only meeting program requirements but thriving in their support to children and families with mental health and disability needs. Services may include:

    • Popular training topics: Staff Wellness and Self-Care, 0-5 Brain Development, Managing Challenging Behaviors, Trauma Informed Care, Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs, Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Diverse Learning, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • Reflective Supervision

    • Mental health and disabilities performance standards evaluation, systems organization, and policy and procedure review

    • Wellness Promotion evaluation, implementation, and support (1302.45 a, 1-4)

    • Mental Health Consultant evaluation, implementation, and support (1302.45 b, 1-6)

    • Additional services for children evaluation, implementation, and support (1302.61)


    Phone: 323-326-8291


  • Dana Staser
    Dana Staser Consulting, LLC

    Dana Staser is an early care and education consultant for Head Start programs. Drawing upon her years of work in the field, she assists programs in training staff and leadership to increase effectiveness of the overall program. Her services include:

    • Creating professional development trainings or frameworks and materials for staff and leadership on a variety of topics.
    • Consulting with Head Start/Head Start agencies on projects that include assessing program systems effectiveness to increase efficiency in overall program implementation.
    • Providing programs with a Head Start Federal Review practice process that includes the interview experience and connecting Performance Standards to program activities.


    Phone: 480-678-9465

  • Scott Samborski
    SDC Consultant

    Scott is experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of construction having worked over 35 years as a Real Estate Developer and General Contractor. Scott has also had the unique opportunity to serve as a leading consultant in respect to Head Start Facilities having served in various roles including his most recent position as a Real Properties Facilities consulting expert to the Office of Head Start. Scott understands all aspects of federal facilities including facility planning and funding applications (1303s), new construction and major remodels, federal interest, facility assessments, SF-429s, deviations and dispositions. Scott Samborski understands regulations when it comes to facilities!

    It is no secret that facility projects are complex; however, Scott believes that with the right support and consultation, grantees can experience success with any facility project, large or small, getting it right the first time! From consulting and building capacity at the federal level to providing direct support to local grantees with real property management, including expediting funding requests to compliance with federal regulations, Scott is positioned as a leader in the field of Head Start Facility Consultants to assist your organization with all your facility needs.


    Phone:  970-379-0315

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