Oakland Starting Smart and Strong is an active collaborative of funders, community advocates, family service providers and The Oakland Unified School District, all working to ensure kindergarten readiness for every child in Oakland.  Formed in August of 2014, Oakland Starting Smart and Strong represents multiple and diverse sub-sectors within Oakland’s early care and education community, such as healthy child development, professional development, and parent and informal caregiver engagement.

We are committed to working to improve early care and education in Oakland over the course of ten years. The overarching long-term goal of this work is to create universal access to high-quality early learning experiences that promote healthy child development and that result in kindergarten-ready children.

Program Manager: Priya Jagannathan 

Contact Us: 

Phone: 510-879-2556 
Fax: 510-879-4605


Task Force Member Agencies

Carla Dartis Consulting
DSA Solutions
East Bay Agency for Children
Lotus Bloom
Oakland Unified School District
Packard Foundation
Sunlight Giving