Child Care Referrals
Since 1973, BANANAS’ Resource & Referral team has provided one-on-one support to families by creating individualized child care referral plans based on our database of more than 900 child care options. With such a large and diverse selection of providers, we are able to offer families the opportunity to find the perfect fit. In order to put together a referral plan that is uniquely tailored to each family, we place an emphasis on understanding the particulars of each family’s situation, being creative in finding possible options, and guiding parents with suggestions and tips while empathizing with their concerns. When working with our staff, parents learn how to advocate for themselves and the needs of their family.
Enhanced Child Care Referrals
For parents who have children with special needs, we offer Enhanced Child Care Referrals. Our Resource & Referral team offers guidance for every step of the process, from narrowing down search options to interviewing prospective child care providers to making a final decision. We will discuss other important aspects as well, such as cost of care and expectations about services. BANANAS counselors also link families to additional resources, including housing and food programs and legal services.
Child Care Reimbursements
Many working families in low-wage jobs depend on government subsidies for child care expenses. BANANAS is the clearinghouse for these subsidies in Northern Alameda County. We advise parents as to whether they qualify and help parents sign up on Eligibility Lists.
For more information, including whether you qualify for child care reimbursements, click here.
Parenting Workshops & Support Groups
BANANAS offers monthly workshops, classes, and support groups to help parents approach the child care selection process, improve their parenting skills, and learn new coping tactics for a range of issues.
To find out about upcoming events and support groups, please see our calendar.
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.
To learn more about playgroups and find one near you, click here.
We give away free clothing, equipment, toys, diapers, and furniture for infants and children of low-income families through our BANANAS Boutique. These items are donated by parents and supporters, and families can simply take what they need.
Resources & Publications
BANANAS maintains a library of handouts and videos that cover a wide range of topics for parents, from child development to choosing child care to educational games. Many videos are available in Spanish.