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I gave to BANANAS on #GivingTuesday.

It’s almost Thanksgiving and we are so grateful to be working with families, children, and child care providers. We love the work we do and appreciate all the generosity we receive from our supporters. This has been an exciting year with new features arriving at our agency, including Online Referrals, an Online Child Care Job … Read More

香蕉中心 提供免費練習說英語的課程。

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English Practice Available at BANANAS

自2016年1月25日起,香蕉中心 (BANANAS) 將在每星期一至星期四下午1:30pm – 4:00pm,提供免費練習說英語的課程。這課裎的主要目標是讓家長, 褓姆, 和托兒工作者,除了學習用英語與孩子溝通交談, 唸故事書, 唱歌, 户外學習, 和玩遊戲外,並對英語有更進一步的了解。 由於這個課程是免費的,所以不需要先登記和註册,只要是在課程時間隨時可加入。此外, 這課程以實用英語為主題,所以歡迎帶Babies一起來學習. 課程時間 第一期: 2016年1月25日 – 2月11日, 每星期一至星期四, 下午1:30 – 4:00。(1/25 – 1/28, 2/1 – 2/4, 2/8 – 2/11) 第二期到2016年底的最後一期, 將會再安排。

Help BANANAS Raise $5,000 for #GivingTuesday!

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Support our Giving Tuesday campaign today with a donation and an #UNselfie!

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, BANANAS will be participating in the 4th annual #GivingTuesday, a movement created to celebrate giving on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This movement inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better, and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season showing that the world … Read More

BANANAS Offers Child Care Referrals at Room to Bloom!

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Great news! BANANAS now offers free child care referrals onsite at Room to Bloom! We are so thrilled to be partnering with this amazing family resource center to bring more services to parents. Held at the Room to Bloom office at Castlemont High School in Oakland, these free, one-on-one referrals will be available every 3rd … Read More

Child Care Subsidies: A Solution to End Child Poverty?

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The statistics are staggering. Today there are 14.7 million poor children living in the U.S. Sadly, research has shown us just how detrimental poverty is to young children and how dramatically it impacts brain development and lifelong health. The combination of toxic stress, substandard housing, malnutrition, exposure to violence, and family unrest all contribute … Read More

Blog Special: New Immunization Laws

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There’s BIG NEWS in California; immunization laws have changed. On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new bill that eliminates personal and religious belief exemptions for vaccines. This new law makes California the third state in the US to require vaccines without such exemptions. What does this mean? The bill states, “All children in any public or … Read More

BANANews: Pride Celebrations & Fourth of July Fun


Today the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in all fifty states. We are so excited with this recognition of marriage equality and celebrate along with all of the LGBTQ families in the United States! Next Saturday is the Fourth of July! You can gear up for a … Read More