Provider Programs & Services

Child Care Provider Workshops

Child Care Provider Workshops are designed to provide supportive, relevant information to professionals in the child care field and those interested in becoming child care providers. We also hold mandatory Health & Safety Trainings for providers.


Join us for free weekly playgroups held at BANANAS and out in the community to discover the many wonderful ways that play inspires learning. Playgroups offer grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nannies, neighbors, friends, and parents a space to connect with one another and build community.

Inclusion Services

BANANAS provides training specifically designed for child care providers as they build inclusive programs for children with special needs. We serve as an effective advocate on the benefits of inclusive child care.

Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP)

CCIP is designed to recruit, train, and retain family child care providers. We provide assistance with setting up a family child care business and becoming licensed, and we offer one-on-one consultations, pre-licensing home visits, and on-going technical assistance to aspiring child care providers.

Quality Counts

BANANAS is currently collaborating with First 5 Alameda County in the Quality Counts Program. QRIS is a rating and quality improvement program that helps early care and education programs identify areas requiring improvement and provides support to improve the quality of child care so that more children with high needs are attending quality programs. Our staff provides on-site coaching to participating child care providers.

Drop-in English Tutoring

You are invited to stop by to practice your English language skills. Our volunteer tutor will be on hand to meet with you and use English as you would in a child care program. To practice, we’ll read picture books, sing songs, play games, go for walks, and have conversations to give you a chance to speak, read, and hear English.

Child Care Referral Database

BANANAS has a database of more than 900 licensed child care providers who are located in our six-city service area (Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Piedmont). Once a provider receives a child care license in a city we serve, they are welcome to contact our Resource & Referral Department. Following an intake appointment where we collect information about the program, including operating hours, cost, capacity, and other details, the provider has the option to be added to our database.

Resources & Publications

BANANAS maintains a library of handouts and videos that cover a wide range of topics for providers, including licensing, snack ideas, and exploring the senses with children. Many videos are available in Spanish and a variety of handouts are printed in both Spanish and Chinese.

To see a list of our handouts, click here.
For more information on checking out videos, click here.

october, 2017

19oct10:00 am11:30 amEvent OverPlaygroup at Melrose Library

19oct10:30 am12:00 pmDrop-In English Tutoring

19oct6:30 pm8:30 pmLa Simplificación del Mantenimiento de Documentos

19oct6:30 pm8:30 pmSimplified Recordkeeping for Family Child Care Providers

20oct12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

21oct9:00 am12:00 pmNo more spaces leftChild Care Law Updates

21oct2:30 pm4:30 pm華人家長互助組 (兩次討論) (Chinese Parents Support Group, 2nd of a 2-Part Series)

24oct10:30 am12:00 pmDrop-In English Tutoring

24oct11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Library

25oct10:00 am12:00 pmBooties Camp: Baby Sleep

25oct10:30 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library

25oct1:00 pm3:30 pmDrop-In English Tutoring

26oct10:00 am11:00 amOpening a Family Child Care Program

26oct10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroup at Melrose Library

26oct10:30 am12:00 pmDrop-In English Tutoring

26oct7:00 pm9:00 pmFathering From Within (1st of a 4-Part Series)

27oct12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

31oct10:30 am12:00 pmDrop-In English Tutoring

31oct11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Library

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