Keith Carson - Education
School Readiness

9th Annual Ready to Learn Fun Fair!

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10 AM - 1 PM
Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School
960 10th St., Oakland, CA 94607

Now in its ninth year, the Ready to Learn Fun Fair has been a highly valued resource for hundreds of families across Alameda County. The goal of the fair is to promote education at an early age and encourage healthy lifestyles by showcasing community and local government resources for families and children. The Ready to Learn Fun Fair will provide families with information about community,  County and State resources that are available to them.

Click here for sponsor levels and here for the sponsor registration form.


2013 Host Organization

Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School

Participating Organizations

To participate as a vendor/resource provider,
please contact Idris Hassan at (510) 272-6768.



Stay tuned!


Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, play games,

win raffle prize, get free books!


Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
First 5 Every Child Counts and KQED


School Readiness
The Kit for New Parents serves as a practical resource on a wide range of parenting topics and ideas to help prepare children to reach their greatest potential in school and life.

Order form for Kits for New Parents

For English Kits, call
For Spanish Kits, call
For Chinese Kits (Cantonese or Mandarin), call
For Korean Kits, call
For Viatnamese Kits, call

The free kit includes:
  • Advice for New Parents DVD with an Oral Health Section
  • Advice for New Parents companion booklet (English & Spanish Kit only)
  • "What do do when your Child Gets Sick"
  • "Happy Baby" Bilingual book
  • "Healthy Teeth Begin at Birth" pamphlet
  • "Playing with your Baby/Toddler" pamphlets
  • Healthy Families enrollment information
  • Poison Action Line information
  • Growth chart: Look at me! Birth to three!
  • Request Postcard for VHS tale

Youth Ancestral Project
Youth from Berkeley Technology Academy visit the Mormon Temple in Oakland to search for their family roots

"I found relatives on the 1860 census and then found a
family tree online that let me trace my family all the
way back to England in the 1600s."

-2011 Program participant
     Photo: Nicka Smith

The Youth Ancestral Project is a program that teaches East Bay youth how to use research and storytelling techniques to gain a deeper understanding of their own ancestral roots. Initiated in 2011 by Supervisor Keith Carson with the help of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California and the Oakland Family History Center, the project has reached more than 300 youth. In 2012-13, the project expanded to include youth in the Jewish, Latino and Asian communities, as well as youth in the Alameda County Probation Department Weekend Training Academy.  

Project participants learn how to interview their relatives and fictive kin, use online research tools to find ancestors, and develop writing and digital media skills to tell their stories.  


Get Involved Today!

Remembering Our Past, Moving Toward Our Futures
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
McClymonds High School, Oakland
Youth from the Culture Keepers at McClymonds High School presented stories, videos, musical performances, dance performances and poetry expressing their own ancestry journeys.  Click here to see pictures from the event on Facebook

If you are a youth or teacher, or community member and would like more information about participating in the program or volunteering, please contact Project Coordinator Nicka Smith at or 650-906-1145.


Start today to fill out a pedigree chart with vital information for your parents, grandparents and great grandparents!

Read media coverage of the 2012 project -
 Genealogy Roundtable, Street Soliders (KMEL), May 20, 2012

McClymonds High students learn about their family histories with ancestral research project, Oakland North, May 24, 2012.

Read media coverage of the 2011 project - Read about students like Elliot Spillard of Berkeley, who found his great grandparents on the 1930 census and discovered relatives who fought in World War II. 

Visit the Oakland Family History Center - Located at the Mormon Temple on Lincoln Ave. in Oakland, this library is free and open to the public.  Use their computers to access commercial genealogical websites like Browse through their collection of microfilm and old books that chronicle the history of the East Bay and beyond.

African American Genealogical Society of North California - Connect with a group of passionate community members who gather every month at the Dimond Library in Oakland to trade research tips and learn about African American genealogy. Check out their website for information about Black Family History Day and other community events.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society - Connect with professional genealogists and dedicated volunteers who meet monthly in San Francisco or Oakland. Attend one of their clincs or read one of their newsletters.

California Genealogical Society and Library - Located in downtown Oakland, CGS offers events, resources and support for members of the public who are interested in researching ancestors from California and around the world.


Friends of Keith Carson,
FPPC ID #890744
P.O. Box 722
Oakland, CA 94604