Linkages to Learning


 Linkages to Learning is a school-based collaboration among Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and private sector health and human service agencies in Montgomery County, Maryland. The program is designed to enable at-risk children and their families to improve adjustment to and performance in school, home and in the community. Parents work as partners with program staff to develop solutions to various challenges confronting their children.


To improve the well-being of children and their families through a collaborative delivery of school-based services that address the social, economic, health, and academic success of a child.


Community School Coordinator (Erika Larrea):          240-740-0238
Family Case Manager (Byron Diaz):                              240-740-0237
Child and Family Therapist (Kaitlyn Lizama):              240-740-0239


Community School Coordinator

  • Assesses the needs and strengths of the entire school community and provides programs and educational opportunities to meet those needs.
  • Examples of some programs offered could include:
    • After school programs
    • ESOL classes
    • Summer Camps
    • Parent/Youth Governance Committee
    • Parent Workshops
    • Sports Clubs


Family Case Manager

  • Case management services including: 
    • Basic needs like clothing and food
    • Employment assistance
    • Eligibility and financial resources
    • Referrals to access services and supports in the community to reach individualized goals
  • Peer support groups
  • Workshops for parents on important topics such as: 
    • Immigration
    • Housing
    • Finances
    • Legal issues
    • Parenting skills


Child and Family Therapist

  • Individual early intervention and prevention mental health therapy sessions with students 
    • To address topics including: life transitions (divorce, grief/loss, reunification), social skills, self-esteem, coping with stress and anger, coping with emerging signs of anxiety and depression
  • Family therapy (sessions with siblings, parents, whole families)
  • Groups on a varietyof topics including social skills, anger management, and coping skills
  • Consultation for teachers on classroom behavior management techniques



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