The Oakland Family Resource Center (FRC) provides a safe and family-friendly environment for community members to seek and connect to resources in the Oakland area. By offering a trusted space for activities, community resources, and educational programs and services that support children and their families, the Oakland FRC helps to strengthen families and build healthier neighborhoods.
The Children’s Home Society of California Oakland Family Resource Center is a place where Oakland parents and community members acquire the knowledge, resources, and training needed to be self-sufficient, resilient, and engaged with their children and their community.
Programs and Services
With the support of our bilingual staff, the Oakland FRC provides a wide range of programs and services that empowers families by providing information and connecting them to resources that support family stability, child health and development, and self-sufficiency. All programs and services are offered in English and Spanish, open to all children and families, and are free of charge.
If you are interested in the programs and services offered by the Oakland FRC, please stop by our office or schedule an appointment by calling (510) 267-1860.
Resource and Referral
The Oakland FRC provides assistance to families in need of local resources on a drop-in basis. Our Community Resource Station provides written resource materials, as well as allows families access to a computer, telephone, and printer to locate resources, including housing and other basic needs, child care, school enrollment, and employment resources in Alameda County and the East Oakland area. Families with children are welcome to our child-friendly space and are invited to view our “Wall of Resources” and Community Calendar and Events board for the most updated community information. For each child that visits the FRC, a free book is provided.
The Loved Twice Program
As part of our Resource and Referral Program and in partnership with Loved Twice, the Oakland FRC offers free infant clothing to expectant parent. Parents interested in receiving free baby clothing are required to schedule an appointment in advance by calling (510) 267-1860.
The Developmental Screening Program
In collaboration with First 5 Help Me Grow Alameda County, the Oakland FRC offers early developmental screening services to families with children between the ages of 0-5. The FRC uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and Ages and Stages Questionnaire – Social Emotional (ASQ:SE-2) developmental screening tools, and screening is offered in both in English and Spanish. The ASQ-3 is a developmental screening tool used to track developmental milestones and the ASQ:SE-2 is used to track social-emotional development in children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years. Screening is recommended every 4-6 months. Research shows that the sooner development is tracked and assessed, the greater the chance a child has to reach his/her optimal potential in his/her most formative years. If you are interested in a developmental screening for your child, you may drop in and request a screening on-site or schedule an appointment by calling (510) 267-1860.
Nurturing Parenting Program
Offered once a month in English and Spanish, the Oakland FRC hosts the Eastmont Parent Circle, which provides a welcoming space for parents to learn about various topics through our Family Education Workshops. In addition, the Parent Circle gives parents the opportunity to connect with other parents, share experiences, and learn from one another in a supportive atmosphere.
Seasonal Family Workshops, Creative Labs, and Special Events
The Oakland FRC offers several events throughout the year that raise awareness in the community and educate families on the topics of early literacy, school readiness, and family wellness. Events are open to all community members and include fun activities that promote parent-child engagement. Events include a Halloween event in the fall, a holiday themed event in the winter, a family wellness fair in the spring, and a back to school event in the summer. Families take home CHS Family Education Program materials about various parenting topics and at some events, participants take home free books, school supplies, groceries, or other basic needs items that support child health and development. Click here to learn about CHS workshops and events.