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Human Services

The Oakland Human Services Department exists to make our city a place that works for all. We offer free programs and provide public resources to community organizations that make sure all of our residents can access what they need to be safe, healthy and realize their full potential.

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Jul 02, 2024

Heat Advisory: Young Children and Families Relief

West Grand Early Head Start, Brookfield Head Start, and Sungate Head Start Centers are open to families with children 0 to 8 years old from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. 

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Jul 01, 2024

KQED Features Head Start's Mobile Classroom

Read the article here: How This Classroom on Wheels Is Meeting Oakland's Unhoused Kids Where They Are (kqed.org) 

In Oakland, almost 20 percent of young children in the Head Start program face housing insecurity. This challenge hinders families' ability to consistently and punctually attend the preschool program, leading some to withdraw. To address this, the city has allocated half a million dollars to a mobile classroom initiative aimed at reaching these children.

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Scott Means

Interim Director, Department of Human Services

Scott Means provides Oakland’s most vulnerable residents with services from Head Start to senior centers to supportive housing for the homeless. He was formerly the Aging and Adult Services Program Manager for the Department of Human Services.

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