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 in Northern Alameda County. 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, including families of children with special needs. We are creative in finding possible options, and guide 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.

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.

Workshops & Support Groups for Parents & Families

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.
To learn more about playgroups and find one near you, click here.


Navigation Services: CARE

BANANAS currently collaborates with Alameda County Social Services Agency, First 5 Alameda County Social Services Agency, First 5 Alameda County, and Family Front Door on the CARE program, assisting families experiencing homelessness with navigating the child care system. We assist families who are experiencing homelessness or are housing insecure in paying for child care by connecting them to subsidized child care programs. Families who need immediate child care services may receive a temporary voucher that helps them pay for child care. For more information, contact Navigators Tina Fleeton at or (510) 658-7353 x 151, and Martina Thomas at or (510) 658-7353 x 105.




Every parent could use some perspective and advice at times. Children do not come with instructions and raising them can be a curious and challenging experience. BANANAS understands this and wants to help you get support through our FREE Warm Line Parent Coaching program. You can meet with a parenting expert in person or by phone for two FREE consultation sessions.

Click here to learn more about Warm Line Parent Coaching.


The VIRTUAL Boutique

Our virtual boutique is a resource where the community can give away free clothing, equipment, toys, and diapers for infants and children of low-income families. These items are donated by parents and supporters, and families can simply take what they need. Click the link HERE to check it out!

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.

To see a list of our handouts, click here.