Child Care Provider Programs & Services

Child Care Providers

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 Mayra Morales. Se habla espanol.

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

Mikaela Chant

Mayra Morales
Call or Text: 510.658.7353 x.162

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 Andrea Bradford for more information about resources and services to support children with special needs or complete the Inclusion Services Intake Form.

Mikaela Chant

Andrea bradford

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


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 Su Mei for more information about Quality Counts or coaching opportunities at the provider support email listed below.

Mikaela Chant


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.

Gabriela Meneses

Gabriela Meneses
Call: (510) 658-7353 x928

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