We are a team of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Ministry of Oaks Children's Center. We work diligently to make sure all the administrative needs of the Center are functioning well. We are always available to help you and serve your family.
Lori Barber
Assistant Director

My husband, Gary, and I moved from Long Beach to Bakersfield in 1993 to start The Oaks Community Church.  I was happy to return to Bakersfield since this is where I was born and raised. In 1999, about five years after the church was launched, Gary began sensing that we were to start a preschool as a service to children and their families in the community.  Matthew 18, verses 4 & 5 says that as disciples of Jesus, we are called to be humble like little children and that if we welcome a child in Jesus' name, we are welcoming Him.  At the Oaks Children's Center, we want to welcome the little children of our community and their families, and in so doing welcome Jesus here to be a blessing to you.

It has been my joy and privilege to be a part of the Oaks Children's Center from the very beginning. 

Lori Barber

B.A. in Psychology Westmont College

Masters in Religious Education GGBTS

Child Dev. Site Supervisor Permit CTC

Janae Grounds

Hi!  It is a joy to work at OCC with such wonderful coworkers, families and children!  I went to school for accounting and began my career in the field, but God had a better plan for me and I felt called to return to the child development field.  I have worked here almost 9 years, first as a teacher in the 3’s classroom, then as the Staff Supervisor and now as the Director. I feel blessed to have a job that includes getting to know so many sweet and adorable little children and love to watch them grow and learn!  I attend church at The Oaks Community Church and strive to learn more and be more like Jesus every day.  My time at home is spent with my new husband, Troy, our 16 year old son, Kyle, and with our spoiled little dog, Peanut.  I love the beach, shopping, and good movies! 

B.S.  in Business Administration

Child Dev. Site Supervisor Permit CTC

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