Child Care Provider Programs & Services

Child Care Providers


Join us for a Drive Thru Give Away Party from 3 pm – 7 pm on December 15, 2021. We have great incentives for the participants. Meet us and win a raffle! This form is meant for you, and you only, please do not forward this email or form to others.
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Únase a nuestra fiesta Drive Thru Give Away (Donacion sin salir de mi Auto) de las 3 pm a 7 pm el 15 de diciembre de 2021. Tenemos grandes incentivos para los participantes. ¡Conozcanos y participe en un sorteo!
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Bananas 诚邀您参加12月15日下午3点到7点的托儿业主节日聚会(drive thru)。Bananas会为每一位到来的业主准备一份礼物,您还将有机会赢得精美的抽彩奖品!我们期待与您的见面!
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Child Care Provider Professional Development 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. Workshops are free and open to all providers and prospective providers. Health & Safety classes are offered for a nominal fee and we can occasionally offer scholarships, depending on funding.

Care for A Child Who Experienced Trauma

Are you a child care provider who needs help caring for a child who has experienced trauma? The Foster Bridge Program supports child care providers with professional development to integrate trauma-informed practices into their programs through training opportunities and technical assistance coaching.

For more information, please contact Se habla espanol.


Join us for free weekly playgroups held at BANANAS and 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 register for playgroups, please visit our Family Friends and Neighbor Services Page or contact Mikaela Chant. Se habla espanol.

Free Virtual Playgroups, Educational Resources and Child Care Provider Support:

Mikaela Chant

Mikaela Chant
Call or Text: (510) 908-1129

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.

Please contact De’Zhanice Kirtdoll for more information about resources and services to support children with special needs or complete the Inclusion Services Intake Form.

Mikaela Chant

De'Zhanice Kirtdoll
Call: (510) 658-7353 x122

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.

Please contact Provider Support for more information about opening a Family Child Care Center.

Mikaela Chant


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Quality Counts & Coaching

BANANAS collaborates with First 5 Alameda County in Quality Counts California. Quality Counts California (QCC) is a statewide effort to improve Early Childhood Education programs for children and their families. Child care programs that receive a QCC grant build upon strengths and, in partnership, identify areas for improvement. The Child Care programs work with a coach to develop a site-specific Quality Improvement Plan so improvements can be coordinated and supported through on-site and/or virtual coaching, professional development, and sharing of resources.

Please contact Joan Suflita for more information about Quality Counts or coaching opportunities.

Mikaela Chant

Joan Suflita
Call: (510) 658-7353 x128

Child Care Referral Database

BANANAS has a database of more than 900 licensed child care providers 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, we encourage them to list their program in our database so families can find them.  Are you a child care provider in our service area? Please contact our Resource & Referral Department so we can list your program or ensure your information is up to date. Our database includes information about the program, operating hours, cost, capacity, and other details.

Please contact our referral line at, call 510-658-0381, or visit our referrals page for more information on Child Care Referrals.

If you are a new child care provider and would like referrals, please email to be added to the referral database. Se habla español.

Health & Safety Program

Bananas offers a variety of Health & Safety Classes required to obtain and maintain your California Child Care License. Please visit the workshop calendar to register for Health & Safety Classes.

For more information about the BANANAS Health & Safety Program, please contact Gabriela Meneses or visit our Health & Safety Program page. Se habla español.

Mikaela Chant

Gabriela Meneses
Call: (510) 658-7353 x928

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