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.

Playgroups

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.

Please contact Karina Kelly at karina@bananasbunch.org or call (510) 658-7353 x 127 for more information about opening a Family Child Care Center.

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.

Please contact Joan Suflita at joan@bananasbunch.org or call (510) 658-7353 x 128 for more information about Quality Counts or Coaching opportunities.

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.

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

Resources & Publications

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

To see a list of our handouts, click here.