Head Start and Early Head Start

The City of Oakland Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally and state funded early childhood education program that promotes school readiness for children from birth to age five. We offer free early childhood education and family services to low-income Oakland residents.

City of Oakland Head Start COVID-19 Updates

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in-person services will resume for Head Start/Early Head Start children who were enrolled and attending a classroom option in-person before closure.

Children currently enrolled in the virtual learning program will continue to learn online as normal. If you do not wish to return to in-person classes and would like to remain in the virtual program, please let your Family Advocate know or contact Head Start at 510-238-3165.

Our classrooms have been deep cleaned and disinfected and are ready for children and staff to return. We will continue to take every precaution and follow our safety protocols. We will continue to screen all children and employees as they enter the school and encourage hand hygiene, sanitizing, and mask usage.

If you are an Oakland Head Start family in need of support, please contact your Family Advocate or Center Director, or call the Oakland Head Start office at (510) 238-3165.

About

The City of Oakland Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally and state funded early childhood education program that promotes school readiness for children from birth to age five. We offer free early childhood education and care, prenatal education and family services to eligible Oakland residents. Families experiencing homelessness and children in foster care are automatically eligible and encouraged to apply!

Individualized Early Childhood Education: Head Start and Early Head Start prepare children for kindergarten using a variety of learning experiences for each individual child. Staff and parents work together to implement an Individual Development Plan for each child. The program focuses on every child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth and development.

Health Services: All children receive health and development screenings, vision screenings, dental care and mental health support. The program emphasizes the importance of preventive care to keep kids healthy.

Family Services: Head Start supports and strengthens parent-child relationships by engaging families in their children’s learning and development. Families work together with our staff through Family Partnership Agreements to both set goals and achieve them. We also collaborate with Community Partners to connect families to additional services and resources.

Disabilities Services: 10% of slots are reserved for children with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

Nutrition Services: Every child is served nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks daily through the US Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Children are between the ages of zero to five years old.
  • Families must be income eligible. Families experiencing homelessness and children in foster care are automatically eligible and encouraged to apply.

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Human Services Department

Map image for Head Start and Early Head Start, located at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA 94612
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 5352
Oakland, CA 94612

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