The Human Services Department builds strong communities by enriching the quality of life for individuals and families in Oakland. We collaborate with a diverse group of local organizations to provide services that address the changing and emerging needs of the community.Head Start School - Child Care for 3 to 5 year olds. Last 10 slots available. Call 510-238-3165 to enroll.
Our Center in Brookfield (near the Brookfield library) and our part-day program at Frank G. Mar (Chinatown) still have a few slots remaining. Call 510.238.3165 to enroll your child in this free, high-quality child development program. Give your child what they need to succeed in kindergarten and in life.
The City of Oakland Head Start/Early Head Start is an early childhood education program aimed to promote school readiness of children ages birth to ﬁve for low-income families by supporting their growth and development. The program offers free early childhood education and care, prenatal education and family services to eligible Oakland residents. Families experiencing homelessness and in foster care are automatically eligible and encouraged to apply!
Director, Department of Human Services
Sara Bedford provides Oakland’s most vulnerable residents with services from Head Start to senior centers to supportive housing for the homeless. She was formerly the Policy and Planning Manager for the Department of Human Services.