Like most municipalities, the majority of the Town of Dedham's focus is on education and children. Several boards and committees work to ensure a healthy environment for learning and living.
- School Committee: Oversees Dedham's public schools by appointing leadership, reviewing and approving budgets, and setting school education goals and policies.
- Board of Library Trustees: Maintain the two public libraries in Town—the Main branch on Church St and the Endicott branch on Mt. Vernon St.
- Youth Commission: Supports students and young people and provides recreational and health programming.