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Human Services

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 Begins September 3rd. Limited Spaces Available. Enroll today - 510-238-3165


Sep 19, 2019

Head Start Advisory Board Monthly Meeting

The Head Start Advisory Panel was created to assist the Oakland City Council in its governance role for the Head Start program and is composed of at least six members appointed by the City Council’s Life Enrichment Committee. The Head…

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Aug 15, 2019

Early Childhood School Program (Head Start) Begins September 3rd. Enroll Today. Limited Spaces Available.

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!

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Portrait of Sara Bedford

Sara Bedford

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.

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Map location for Human Services, located at 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA 94612
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

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