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: Movement Mondays, Dia De Movimiento: Jan 19 – June 25 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Every Tuesday/Cada Martes, Jan 19 – Jun 25 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Every Wednesday/Cada Miercoles: Music with Stephanie Pepitone, Dia De Musica con Stephanie Pepitone: Jan 19 – Jun 25 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Every Thursday/Cada Jueves, Jan 19 – Jun 25 | 10:30 am – 11:15 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: Jan 19 – May 15 | 1 pm – 1:30 pm 

Every Wednesday/Cada Miercoles: Jan 19 – May 15 | 1 pm – 1:30 pm

Register Here

FFN Workshops Calendar 


22apr10:00 am11:00 amOpening a Family Child Care Program

22apr6:30 pm8:30 pmLinking Language & Literacy Throughout the Day

29apr6:30 pm8:30 pmIndividualizing Experiences for All, Some, & Few Children: How to Teach Large & Small Groups


15may10:00 am1:00 pmDRDP (2015) Meaningful Observations and Portfolio Virtual Training

27may10:00 am11:00 amOpening a Family Child Care Program


10jun1:00 pm3:00 pmBANANAS Director’s Roundtable

24jun10:00 am11:00 amOpening a Family Child Care Program


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