Safe spaces and rec centers for kids in event of Oakland teachers strike

The City of Oakland is offering up a list of safe places parents can send their kids in the event of a teachers strike. 

Although schools will be open - the safe places are an option for parents and students who don't want to cross the picket lines. 

There will be safe spaces open at 15 recreation centers and public libraries throughout the city. The centers will be staffed by volunteers and will be open between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays during the strike. Students at the centers will be provided with food. 

The following rec centers will be open 

  • Allendale
  • Arroyo Viejo
  • Brookdale
  • Bushrod
  • Carmen Flores
  • DeFremery
  • Dimond
  • Ira Jenkins
  • FM Smith
  • Franklin
  • Golden Gate
  • Manzanita
  • Montclair
  • San Antonio
  • Redwood Heights
  • Mosswood

If you would like to volunteer to help at a recreation center - find information here or call 510-763-4020. 


  • All public library branches, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO), the Oakland Tool Lending Library, and Second Start program will be open regular business hours in the event of a strike. Children 7 years old and younger must be supervised by a parent or caregiver. 

Learn more about the teachers strike here.