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.
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.
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.