Head Start and Early Head Start

Children and Family Services

Head Start, Early Head Start, and State Pre-K

The Unity Council’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs operate at five sites located throughout Oakland, providing 608 low-income families with early childhood development services. Both of these programs provide individualized early learning experiences, comprehensive family services, and opportunities for family and community participation. Services are available beginning at pregnancy and continue through a child’s transition to preschool or kindergarten. You can see the details of how we are making our children and families “School Ready” by reading our School Readiness Report here.

Read our 2014-15 Head Start Annual Report here to see how many people we served and the impact of our work.

The Head Start, Pre-K, and Early Head Start Programs provide a relationship-based multilingual and multicultural curriculum designed to meet each child’s full potential. The parent involvement component provides extensive training and shared governance to prepare parents to advocate for their children, family and community as a whole. This inclusive model of service delivery and collaboration strengthens children, families and the communities in which they live.

The programs are located at:

  • Fruitvale Head Start, 1900 Fruitvale Avenue, Suite 1C, Oakland, CA 94601
  • De Colores Head Start, Pre-K, and Early Head Start, 1155 35th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601
  • Thurgood Early Head Start, 1117 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
  • Foothill Square Early Head Start, 10700 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland ,CA 94605
  • Cal-SAFE Teen Parent Early Head Start, 2615 E 15th Street, Oakland, CA 94610
  • Monument Corridor, 1187 Meadow Lane, Concord, CA 94520

For enrollment, information and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Early Head Start Program at (510) 533-9926, or the Head Start and Pre-K Programs at (510) 535-6102. Cal-SAFE enrollment is managed through the county office of education at (510) 536-6086.

Developmental Playgroups

In collaboration with Children’s Hospital ,the Unity council provides weekly developmental playgroups to 32 families with toddlers and young preschoolers at the Fruitvale Head Start facility listed above. These services are open to the community and families do not have to be low income to participate. Playgroup offers child development and family support services.

For enrollment in Playgroup please contact the Playgroup Coordinator at (510) 535-6942