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About CHC

We specialize in working with families living with ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism through our two schools, mental health clinic, community education and curated online resource library. If you’re concerned, please reach out and we’ll help you navigate your journey together. At CHC, we’re here for you. En CHC, estamos aqui para ti.


We believe in a world where every child, teen and young adult can reach their full promise and potential.


To transform young lives by providing culturally-responsive best-in-class services for learning differences and mental health to families from diverse backgrounds regardless of language, location or ability to pay. 


Expertise – Striving for, recognizing and sharing excellence in everything we do, while acknowledging that building expertise is an ongoing journey and not a destination.

Compassion – Combining empathy and action to gain trust, create connections and make lasting change.

Community – Collaborating and supporting each other and working with local partners to leverage strengths for mutual benefit and collective impact.

Diversity, equity and inclusion – Recognizing that diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and service delivery practices are paramount to building The Beloved Community as envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our Founder

CHC was founded in 1953 by Dr. Esther B. Clark, one of the first female pediatricians to practice on the Peninsula. She started Children’s Health Council with a $10,000 annual budget, a largely volunteer staff and most importantly, her spirited will.

Dr. Clark had a dream for every child. She imagined a place where families could come for help. A place where kids come first. A place with integrated services and caring experts. It would be a place where families could be assured of being respected and welcomed in their own language. A place where children could develop the social emotional learning skills and resilience to reach their full promise and potential. It would have strong leadership, expert caring staff, passionate volunteers and devoted donors. It would be called Children’s Health Council.

Our Services

Clinical Services

Evaluation. Therapy. Consultation. RISE IOP. 

Expert multidisciplinary assessment, personalized therapy and innovative programs increase every child’s ability to learn and achieve the balance necessary to enhance life experience and improve school performance. Ages 0-25.

Chief Clinical Officer, Ramsey Khasho, PsyD


Sand Hill School

Dyslexia and other language-based learning differences

Personalized learning for students with average to above average intelligence with diagnosed language-based learning differences such as dyslexia and the attention and social challenges that often accompany them. Grades 1-8.

Kriewall-Haehl Family Sand Hill School Interim Head of School,
Chief Education Officer, Chris Harris, MEd

Director of Clinical Services, Ramsey Khasho, PsyD


Schwab Learning Center at CHC

Strengths-based learning strategies to optimize performance in the classroom, workplace and beyond.

The Schwab Learning Center at CHC celebrates the fact that we all learn in a variety of ways. We help college and high school students with diverse learning challenges succeed in all areas of their lives.

Director, Nicole Ofiesh, PhD


Esther B. Clark Schools

Therapeutic Day School for Grades 2-10

Therapeutic day school providing transformative education where children with severe emotional and behavioral issues re-engage in learning and develop the positive behaviors necessary to transition back to a district school. Grades 2-10.

Head of EBC Schools, Jody Miller


Santa Clara Medi-Cal

Serving the underserved.

Nurturing specialists assess children and deliver behavioral health services to underserved families. The culturally-sensitive and diverse staff is committed to working with families in both English and Spanish in various Bay Area locations. Ages 0-18.

Director, Joan Baran, PhD


650.688.3650 Español

Community Connections

Bringing the community together for good.

Classes, workshops and conferences; EdRev Expo; student advocacy; parent support groups; outreach; community partnerships; volunteer programs; and 24/7 online resources. Classes reference ages 0-18.

Director, Cindy Lopez