Student Support Center (SSC)

"Here for YOU!"

Formerly called "Healthy Start," the Bret Harte Student Support Center (SSC) has been providing students and families with a myriad of services, and activities, for nearly two decades. Located just off the school soccer field, the Student Support Center currently offers supports and opportunities such as:

  • Basic needs assistance (food, clothing, shelter);
  • Access to health insurance and healthcare;
  • Counseling and mental health services;
  • Psycho-educational, social skills and peer relations groups;
  • Mentoring and tutoring;
  • In-class social skills curricula;
  • School climate activities;
  • Special events;
  • and more!

Student Support Center staff include:

  • Elizabeth Sterba, MS (Ms. Liz), Coordinator
  • Bachelors- and Masters-level Social Work Interns from CSUS

For more information on SSC services or to request copies of our monthly services reports, contact Coordinator Liz Sterba at 916-277-7043, or stop by anytime during our office hours:

  • Mondays - 7:30am-4:00pm
  • Tuesdays - Closed
  • Wednesdays - 7:30am-4:00pm
  • Thursdays - 7:30am-4:00pm
  • Fridays - Closed

To make a referral or request services, download our Referral Form and email it to us, or drop it off in the front office.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Target Excellence

In 2015, Bret Harte welcomed a new before- and after-school care provider to campus. We are pleased to be partnering with Target Excellence, a twenty-year-old education program. More information about TE is coming soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact our Site Director via email.

Reading Partners

Reading Partners has been working with schools in the greater Sacramento metro area since the fall of 2009.Our Reading Partners reading center is staffed by an experienced Reading Partners Site Coordinator, who communicates with the school staff, understands student needs, and guides volunteer tutors.

Volunteer Tutors with the Reading Partners program meet once per week with their student to help improve their skills in English Language Arts and increase their enjoyment of reading.

Students receiving Reading Partners services are referred by their teacher or through the Student Success Team process.

School Garden

Our school garden is a special space where students, staff, families, and community can gather together to grow and learn. Email Principal Tucker for information about joining the Garden Council, and check our calendar for community workday opportunities in the garden!

Dominguez Dream Partnership

The Dominguez Dream (formerly Vanir Foundation) was founded in 2004 in memory of H. Frank Dominguez, a businessman, leader and philanthropist who started his own company at the age of 25. Mr. Dominguez was not only successful in business, but believed in education as the way to a better life for all.

In 2013, the Dominguez Dream Foundation adopted Bret Harte as one of eight schools that it would support with funds, curriculum and other support. Each year Vanir provides funding for school uniforms and holiday food baskets; the installation of a science laboratory, science related field trips and the Engineering is elementary program, which exposes students to a wide variety of engineering concepts through applied learning project.

We are so thankful for our partnership!