Mental Health

The Laguna Department of Education promotes the health and well-being of the whole child, including their social, emotional and mental health. 

If you have questions or concerns about your student's well-being, please contact:

  • Laguna Elementary School -  Kristen Riley, School Counselor, at 552-9200
  • Laguna Middle School - Valentina Galvan, School Counselor, at 552-9091

You can also call 552-9200, to learn more about how we can help you and your student.

Laguna Elementary and Middle Schools'  Social/Emotional Curriculum

Laguna Elementary and Middle Schools use the "Second Step" curriculum to help teach our students social/emotional skills.  Developed by the Committee for Children, this curriculum has been shown to significantly improve social and emotional skills, attitudes, and behavior, as well as academic performance.

These social and emotional learning concepts provide an extra dimension to our students' education, focusing on techniques to help students:

  • Gain confidence
  • Set goals
  • Make better decisions
  • Communicate well
  • Collaborate with others in work and play
  • Navigate the world more effectively

To learn more about the "Second Step" Curriculum, please call 552-9200 or click on this link:

For more information, please click here to access the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Children's Mental Health Website

Free Second Step and Committee for Children Resources for Educators and Families to Use During School Closures

Free Social-Emotional Learning Activities: There are a number of Second Step activities freely available online for children ages 5–13. Many of these are adaptable for remote learning or for families to do at home with their children. 

The Imagine Neighborhood: This new podcast for families is designed to help children and grown-ups practice their social-emotional skills. Each episode tells a story that’s amazing, fantastical, and maybe a little bananas, while it tackles the big feelings that come with growing up. 

Mind Yeti®: Fifteen of our mindfulness program sessions are now available for anyone to use, no experience necessary! Designed for educators and families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own, Mind Yeti provides a great way for everyone to practice mindfulness during this difficult time.

Mind Yeti Podcast: RSS Feed | Spotify | Stitcher

Little Children, Big Challenges: Committee for Children and Sesame Street have partnered to create a collection of resources for young children facing significant challenges. These materials, aimed at building children’s resilience, may be useful for educators and families. 

Captain Compassion®: Here, children can find games, comics, and activities they can do on their own, or with their families, to learn about how they can help stop bullying.