This Father’s Day, Give in Honor of Your Dad

This Father’s Day, honor your father by participating in All for You Dad, a campaign to help our families. From June 11-18, 2018, All for You Dad asks mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, and caregivers to make a donation to BANANAS and give a gift with a lasting impact.

When you donate to BANANAS, you help us support families so that parents can go to work or attend school, while their children are exposed to social and learning experiences in child care. Every day, we work with families in Alameda County and help them choose the best care for their child by offering child care referrals and resources. We assist parents with paying for child care and offer parent education, support groups, and playgroups. We consider it a privilege to offer support to families, especially when we know it is going to change lives.

Inti with his Children

Inti Fernandez aspires to be a good father, a superhero to his two children. In addition to raising his kids alone, Inti is pursuing his dream job of becoming a visual designer. For a long time, he struggled to find an affordable child care program for his children. He needed child care so that he could go to work, support his family, and attend court hearings to secure custody of his kids. Being a single father was tough and he had to take more than one job to make ends meet. “I made some money but not enough to pay for my family’s basic needs. I worked very hard to keep a smile on my children’s faces,” says Inti.

Thankfully, Inti’s friend introduced him to BANANAS services. After an initial phone appointment, he met with one of our alternative payment counselors to discuss his situation and learn about available child care subsidy programs. Michelle, our counselor helped Inti by enrolling his kids in one of our Alternative Payment Program through which they received full-time child care services. The counselor also shared information about free workshops and events that are available for families. Inti’s family got the opportunity to visit the BANANAS Boutique and look for clothing, toys, and books. While his kids continued to thrive in a safe and loving environment, Inti can focus on growing professionally at his job. “Being a single parent is challenging, but things have turned out well for me. I’m very appreciative of the support my family has received from BANANAS,” he says.

Each family’s situation is unique, and we seek to provide the care and services that fit their needs. When we connect parents to the resources they need, we build a foundation of success for children. Your gift will directly impact the lives of children and families. It is extremely important for our community.

BANANews: Father’s Day Fun and Pride Festivities!

Happy Father’s Day weekend from the Bunch!


What a week! Big congrats to the Golden State Warriors for their NBA Championship win. If you want to celebrate with your family in Oakland today, head on over to the Warriors Parade! This week Governor Jerry Brown approved the state budget and included $265 million to fund child care and early learning. All of the details are available in his press release. We’ve had tons of fun putting together our Pinterest board Father’s Day Is on the Way, so if you are looking for last-minute gift ideas, then be sure to check it out! From mugs to shirts to cards and sauces, this compilation has it all. Along with this board, we also began another celebratory collection called Festive Fun: Fourth of July that is filled with red, white, and blue food, crafts, and fun.


If you have a new baby and are looking to hire a nanny, then BANANAS is the place to be! Sign up for a free workshop on Best Practices for Employing a Nanny on Wednesday, June 24th. You’ll learn all there is to know about creating and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship with your in-home caregiver. On Sunday, June 28th, we’re hosting a CPR & First Aid Training and there are a FEW SPACES LEFT! Sign up today to reserve your spot. We’re very excited to introduce two new workshop series that are coming to BANANAS this summer. Beginning Thursday, July 30th, we’re offering Fathering From Within: An African American Fatherhood Series. This will be an enlightening, empowering workshop that will encourage personal growth and positive change. Then, on Tuesday, August 4th, we’re kicking off Turning Tantrums Around, a three-part series that will teach parents about ways to transform challenging behaviors.


Cool off and get into the summer scene at Splash Park on Saturday, June 20th, for only $2 a person. And before you go, be sure that the kids are up to date on water safety by checking out these educational videos. On Sunday, June 21st, bring Dad to the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center for a free leopard shark feeding display that will have the little ones mesmerized. June is also Pride Month, so there are lots of family-friendly events taking place this weekend and next weekend in the East Bay and in the city to celebrate the LGBTQ community! Next weekend, on Sunday, June 28th, is Play Day on the Plaza in Oakland with face painting, a climbing wall, and a sports zone. If you want to plan your Fourth of July family fun, then pencil in the Green, Red, White, and Blue Celebration in Albany for a full day of activities. It’s great to live in the Bay Area.

See you online at our Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

BANANews: Week in Review and Fun Things to Do

Hooray for Friday! It’s certainly been a busy week here at BANANAS, so before we venture off into the weekend, we are revisiting everything we did and what we can look forward to in our community in the next couple of days. Be sure to read on for all the details.


We’re getting ready to celebrate the men who help raise our wonderful children—whether the guys are uncles, grandpas, brothers, or great friends—with creative ideas that we compiled on our Pinterest board: Father’s Day Is on the Way!  You’ll find simple gifts such as Homemade BBQ Sauce and Paper Cup Trophies that kids will love to put together as well as lots of other clever crafts to show love and appreciation. This week the Joint Legislative Budget Committee met to discuss how California will allocate its money and to negotiate how much funding will go to child care. We hope for a strong stand from Governor Brown as the committee continues deliberations. Fingers crossed that they see the importance of investing in kids!


If you’ve got a new baby and you’re headed back to work, we’re here to offer support on Choosing Infant Care. Sign up today for this free workshop on Thursday, June 11th, to learn about all the available options and gain guidance on finding the right child care fit for your family. On Thursday, June 18th, we’re holding a special Teen CPR & First Aid Training where kids ages 13 to 17 will learn life-saving techniques and receive a certificate of completion. RSVP today to reserve your spot! Child care providers, get ready for an amazing resource fair on Thursday, July 9th, at the next Directors’ Roundtable. We’ll be teaming up with leading community partners such as First 5 to offer an informative event about all the current trends in the child care field.


What is there to do this weekend? How about bringing the kids to the Bay Area Book Festival on Saturday, June 6th, and Sunday, June 7th? Don’t miss this chance to meet renowned children’s author Judy Blume! But before you get there (and after a healthy lunch), consider making a stop at CREAM in Rockridge for their grand opening and get a FREE ice cream sandwich. Also on Saturday is the Rockin’ Kids Singalong at La Pena Cultural Center, which is a free drop-in musical playgroup happening at 12 o’clock.

We’ll be bringing you a whole new roundup of free family fun next Friday, but until then, stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter (for updates on the budget!), Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.