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.

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Jul 05, 2022

FDA Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines Available to Children Ages 6 months and Older

On June 17th, 2022 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children as young as 6 months of age. You can read more about how the FDA determined the vaccines are safe and effective for our youngest children in their press release.

This is an important moment for our Head Start children. Children under 5 are the last to have COVID-19 vaccine access, leaving them vulnerable to the disease and subject to quarantine after exposure. COVID-19 has caused illness as well as weeks of missed school for too many children. Hundreds have lost their life. COVID-19 vaccines are one of the tools we use to keep our classrooms, home visits, and socializations safe. The safety and efficacy data show that the benefit of the vaccine for children and adults far outweighs the risk of side effects of the vaccine.

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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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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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