When kids play, they learn, and the world smiles!

Join us for free playgroups that teach children to laugh, explore, and create. 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. Join us weekly to pretend, play, celebrate music, create art, and dream up inventions while gaining new parenting tools and learning about child development. A light snack will be served.

Playgroups are designed to be ongoing series that build upon each other each week. When you RSVP for a Playgroup (below), you will be signed up for the entire series.

These events are created especially for two groups of caregivers: Family, Friend, and Neighbors (FFN) who care for young children, and licensed Family Child Care (FCC) providers. FFN caregivers are grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, neighbors, and friends. Young babies are welcome at FFN playgroups if with a sibling in the recommended age group (one to five years).

At each facilitated group, you will be introduced to new ideas to improve awareness of children’s needs, learn about healthy child development, and better understand how to effectively support early learning and kinder-readiness.

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Laugh, Learn, and Play with BANANAS Morning Virtual Playgroups!

Join Mikaela Chant for a fun and engaging virtual playgroup. Get silly and move your body as we learn together. Please feel free to contact Mikaela Chant for any reason at 510-908-1129 or

Every Monday/Cada Lunes, Sept 7 – Dec 18 | 10:30 – 11 am 
Every Tuesday/Cada Martes, Sept 7 – Dec 18 | 10:30 – 11 am
Every Wednesday/Cada Miercoles, Sept 7 – Dec 18 | 10:30 – 11 am
Every Thursday/Cada Jueves, Sept 7 – Dec 18 | 10:30 – 11 am

Register Here

Laugh, Learn, and Play with BANANAS Afternoon Virtual Playgroups!

Join our bilingual, engaging playgroup where parents and children can have fun and learn during Shelter-in-place. Please register using this link and feel free to contact Jamie Molina for any reason at

Every Monday/Cada Lunes, Sept 7 – Dec 18  | 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Every Wednesday/Cada Miercoles,  Sept 7 – Dec 18  | 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Every Thursday/Cada Jueves,  Sept 7 – Dec 18  | 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Every Friday/Cada Viernes,  Sept 7 – Dec 18  | 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Register Here

FFN Workshops Calander


22oct10:00 am11:00 amOpening a Family Child Care Program Virtual Training

22oct6:30 pm8:30 pmStrengthening Families


17nov6:30 pm8:30 pmSTEM with Jamie Molina / STEM con Jamie Molina

19nov6:30 pm8:00 pmFollow Up: STEM with Jamie Molina


07dec6:30 pm9:00 pmIdentifying and Responding to Trauma

10dec1:00 pm3:00 pmBANANAS Virtual Director’s Roundtable – Admin and Line Staff Working Together

10dec6:30 pm8:30 pmIdentifying and Responding to Trauma Discussion Group

14dec6:30 pm9:00 pmStrengths-Based Communication with Families

17dec6:30 pm8:30 pmStrengths-Based Communication Discussion Group


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