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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 - Child Care for 3 to 5 year olds. Last 10 slots available. Call 510-238-3165 to enroll.


Nov 25, 2019

The City of Oakland's Coat Drive

The City of Oakland is collecting coats to help keep low-income families, seniors, and unsheltered residents warm this winter. Please deliver your gently worn coats to Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 Broadway in Oakland on Monday, November 25th, 2019 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. This coat drive is…
Three volunteers from 2017
Nov 26, 2019

The City of Oakland’s 28th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner & Coat Give-Away

The City of Oakland’s Human Services Department, Alameda County – Oakland Community Action Partnership, Communities United Committee, and the Emergency Food Providers Advisory Committee continue a much-loved Thanksgiving Dinner for the underserved of our community. This wonderful event will take place Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM at…

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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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Young Children Playing in a play structure.
Sep 30, 2019

Head Start School - Child Care for 3 to 5 year olds. Enroll Today. 10 slots remaining.

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!

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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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