School-Based Oral Health Program

California Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment Mandate

All incoming Kindergarten and grade 1 students are required to meet the California Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment Mandate.

Schools are funded for this mandate through the Department of Education; funds are rolled into the Local Control Funding Formula to aid in the administrative task of data entry and reporting to the State.

In this work, The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health has teamed with District Nursing Services and Healthy Start to engage providers to offer free screenings and apply fluoride varnish. Our partners at America’s ToothFairy and Oral Health America donated donated generously in this effort. Our pilot model has demonstrated that universal school-based screening and fluoride varnish application can decrease the incidence of dental disease and keep students in the classroom and ready to learn.

View the LAUSD Policy Bulletin for the oral health mandate

Oral Health Education Toolkit