At the end of the month, if nothing changes, seven of Oakland’s childhood development centers will close their doors because of massive budget cuts threatened at the state level: Manzanita, Jefferson, Golden Gate, Santa Fe, Piedmont Avenue, Sequoia and Hintil Kuu Ca childhood development centers.
Henry Hitz, the director of Oakland Parents Together, has another idea: staff the centers with volunteers (including some laid-off teachers) until the state Legislature approves a budget with preschool funding.
“Our feeling is if we allow the centers to close, they will never reopen,” Hitz said.
If you want to learn more — and vote — on this proposal, Hitz invites you to an Oakland Parents Together meeting at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Santa Fe CDC, 5380 Adeline St. in North Oakland. School district staff will be there, he said.
Hitz said the “people’s takeover” will be a protest of state government, not the school district. “We have a pretty good sense that we can actually pull this off,” he said.
If you can’t make it to the meeting but want to help out, call Oakland Parents Together at (510) 452-9854.