Free dental program at Coronado Elementary has grand opening


The highly anticipated free dental program serving students at Coronado Elementary had a grand opening Friday, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

The dental program serving the school’s kindergarteners through sixth graders operates out of a brand new campus at 2100 Maine Ave. It is one part of the school’s Health and Wellness Center which, when fully operational, will also offer medical, vision and mental health services. Students don’t need insurance to receive care.

The opening of the dental care program was lauded as a way to help students from low-income families remain healthy so that they don’t miss too many school days. Also, having in-school appointments means students will be back in class in swift time, said Dr. Daniel S. Tanita, who runs the Coronado dental program.

“Students will be able to come in to the Health and Wellness Center, be seen for services and return to their classroom to continue to learn and prosper academically,” the district said.

The Health and Wellness Center is coordinated by YMCA of the East Bay and is a collaboration between the WCCUSD and Coronado Elementary.