BANANews: Week in Review & Fun Things to Do

Three cheers for Friday! It’s been a wonderful week at BANANAS and we’re excited to share everything that’s been going on.


April is such an important month for kids, and, in fact, it’s the Month of the Young Child! In addition to this designation, April is also noted as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Poetry Month. With such relevant topics being highlighted, this week we posted a difficult but extremely necessary BANANA Bites column on Talking to Kids About Molestation. We recognize how tough it can be to address this with young children and hope that the ideas provided enable parents to teach kids what is appropriate and what’s not. We love responding to the questions of parents and early learning professionals, so if there is a subject you would like us to cover, send an email to To bring attention to the fun of poetry month, we created a whimsical Pinterest board called A World of Poetry filled with quotes from Roald Dahl, A.A. Milne, and Lewis Carroll, along with crafty ideas for little ones such as a Making a Poet-tree. Be sure to check out all the imagination inspiration!


New parents will gain lots of helpful information at Thursday’s free Choosing Infant Care workshop, and Spanish-speaking child care providers will enjoy Aprender a través de las Relaciones con Bebés y Niños Pequeños, the first in a two-part series beginning next Saturday, April 18th. And, we still have four remaining slots for our CPR & First Aid Training on Sunday, April 19th, so call us today for registration forms or stop by to reserve your space!


There are some uniquely awesome events taking place in the Bay Area this weekend, including the free I’m a Performer Family Concert with the Berkeley Symphony. At this all-ages event, kids are invited to bring their instruments or raise their voices alongside professional orchestra players. On Sunday, families can watch jugglers, listen to children’s music, and indulge in local food items at a free Berkeley Bay Earth Day Festival. Get a jump-start on your Earth Day celebrations by checking out all the super fun ideas on our Earth Day for Little Ones Pinterest board.

Enjoy the sunshine and we’ll see you on Monday!

BANANews: Week in Review & Fun Things to Do!

It’s Friday again and so we’re bringing you a roundup of this week’s activities and putting a spotlight on the holiday events coming up tonight and this weekend.


On Tuesday our agency was closed in observance of  César Chávez Day; for more information on this important figure, take a look at these 5 Reasons To Pay Tribute. On Wednesday we kicked off our three-week Fathers Support Group series and were delighted by the number of participants who attended. If you know a father who would benefit from a space to openly discuss the challenges andsuccesses of parenting, please share the info about next week’s group, which will be held on Wednesday, the 8th, from 6:30 to 8pm. On Pinterest we compiled a board titled Festive Fun: Easter with crafts, snacks, and activities all about bunnies, eggs, chicks, and spring flowers! So if you are looking for inspiration, we’ve got plenty. And, since it is now April, we started to join many other organizations and individuals around the nation to raise awareness for Child Abuse Awareness Month and Autism Awareness Month.


Providers, we’ll be hosting two great workshops next week: Supporting English Language Learners through Classroom Interactions and, for center directors, a Directors’ Roundtable. We’re also excited to be encouraging the creativity of young people for National Poetry Month and are putting together a board about The World of Poetry that includes rhymes and fun from Shel Silverstein, Winnie the Pooh, Dr. Seuss, and more. Also, stay tuned for our new board all about Earth Day for Little Ones (Earth Day is April 22), which we’re updating every day!


To those who celebrate Passover, we wish you a wonderful time with friends and family sharing beautiful Jewish dishes and traditions beginning today and continuing for the next eight days. Our pals at 510 Families have put together a helpful guide on Passover events taking place in the East Bay this weekend, so if you’re looking for kid-friendly community seder celebrations, then check it out here. Get ready for Safe Kids Day on April 11th with a fun fair from Safe Kids Alameda County in Albany, where families will find activities, food, and free giveaways. (If you missed our latest BANANA Bites column about Fire Safety, read it here!)

Have a super weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!


BANANews: Week in Review and a Few Things That Are New

Welcome to the last few hours before your weekend! For today’s BANANews we’re not only offering a recap of this week’s exciting events and highlights of some upcoming workshops, but also a couple of family-friendly events taking place this Saturday in Oakland and SF.

First, though, if you missed our latest Pinterest board, Earth Day for Little Ones, you can check it out and get early inspiration for celebrating this special event with little ones on April 22. In our BANANA Bites parenting and early learning column this week, we answered a local mom’s question: What is transitional kindergarten? You will find more details about TKs by clicking here. If you have a question about child care, early education, or parenting, send an email to and you could be featured in our next edition!

Looking ahead to next week, we are gearing up for our Fathers Support Group where dads will come together to talk about the challenges and successes of parenting. If you know a dad who could benefit from this free three-week series, please share the info! For providers, we have a great workshop on Increasing Parent Engagement & Strengthening Parent-Provider Relationships (April 4 and 11) as well as a unique Directors’ Roundtable event (April 9) for center directors. Don’t forget to check out our complete calendar of no-cost community workshops!

And if you are looking for some weekend activities to do with the kiddos, here are a couple of goings-on in the Bay:

City Lights Books is debuting their first-ever children’s book, RAD American Women A-Z, at a release party on Saturday at 12:30 where Raising a Reader San Francisco and Alameda Counties will be a sponsor!

The Oakland Zoo is featuring Feast for the Beasts and an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, starting at 9am.

Come back next week to stay up to date on all the BANANews! Until then, we’ll see you online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram!




BANANews: This Week at BANANAS

Before we head out for a lovely weekend, we’re looking back on the past week and checking out what is in store for the next one. On Tuesday, we released the March edition of our Newsletter, which includes FREE community events, resources for parents and providers, and tips on teaching little ones about Women’s History Month. If you missed this excellent publication, be sure to check it out!

In our BANANA Bites column, we covered 5 Top Tips for staying connected with relatives who live far away. From sharing family recipes to planting a tree in a grandparent’s honor, we offered ideas that kids will enjoy and loved ones will appreciate. If YOU have a question for the Bunch, send an email to and you could be featured in our next issue!

On Twitter, we reminded parents the value of reading to babies to help encourage brain development (gotta #TalkReadSingPlay!) and guided readers to important safety tips for Poison Prevention Week.

Next week we are excited to be offering an amazing parenting workshop on What Great Parents Do (Wednesday) and an informative provider training on the Business Administration Scale (Saturday). And don’t miss the next BANANA Bites column when we will be bringing clarity to the hot topic of transitional kindergartens. If you’re not entirely sure what they are or whether they’re the right fit for your little one, tune in next week for all the details.

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

BANANews: This Week at BANANAS

It’s been another wonderful week here at BANANAS and in case you missed any of the fun, we’re bringing you a complete wrap-up right here! On March 8 we celebrated International Women’s Day by supporting the #DearMe campaign with a fabulous photo from Finance Associate Olivia and a video from Communications Associate Elyce. We also put a spotlight on Women’s History Month with a Pinterest board full of great books and crafts, including activities based on the amazing lives of Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Bessie Coleman.

To get ready for St. Patrick’s Day, we put together a super festive Pinterest board with snacks and art ideas all devoted to shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, and good luck! So if you’re looking for ways to celebrate on Tuesday, March 17 (besides wearing lots of green), be sure to check it out.

We’re gearing up for our upcoming parenting workshop What Great Parents Do on March 25 and our Fathers Support Group beginning on April 1st. For providers, we have an informative training on How To Take Care of Children When They Are Sick on March 19th as well as the quarterly Directors’ Roundtable on April 9th.

For our weekly BANANA Bites column, we tackled the dreaded discovery of head lice and offered top tips for ensuring these pests are wiped out quickly. If you have a parenting or early childhood education question you want the Bunch to answer, send an email to

Until next week, be sure to stay connected with us online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn!

BANANews: This Week at BANANAS

Happy Friday! You are no doubt ready for the weekend, so to help you breeze through the day, here’s a roundup of this week’s highlights:

To kick off March we created a Dr. Seuss-inspired Pinterest board to commemorate the birthday of this classic children’s author. He would have turned 111 on the 2nd! March is also nationally recognized as Women’s History Month, so we compiled a board devoted entirely to the stories of fabulous, fierce women throughout history.

If you missed our latest editions of What’s Happening, check out the Parent’s issue and the Provider’s issue right here! You will find all of our upcoming March and April workshops such as What Great Parents Do, Supporting English Language Learners, and Living with Ones and Twos, and more; spaces do fill up, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible. Child care is provided at many events too!

Next week we’ll be getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, so come back and visit us for the festivities. And, don’t forget to send all of your parenting and early learning questions to so the Bunch can answer them in our weekly column BANANA Bites.

Stay connected online on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards, Instagram profile, and LinkedIn page!

BANANews: This Week at BANANAS

Happy Friday! We’re wrapping up another excellent week here at BANANAS and in case you missed the latest edition of our Newsletter, the debut of our new column BANANA Bites, or some of our recently added Pinterest boards, we’re bringing them back into the spotlight. In February, we compiled a super collection of activities, books, and crafts to celebrate Black History Month, put together a love-ly board for Valentine’s Day, and discovered new ideas to share the importance of the Chinese New Year. It’s been busy and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

We are looking forward to our upcoming parenting workshops, including Taking the Stress Out of Parenting, New Mom’s Support Group, and Father’s Support Group as well as our trainings for providers such as Preschool Expulsions: Experiences and the Impact on African American Boys and How to Take Care of Children When They Are Sick. Make sure to check back with us next week when we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2!) and answer more of YOUR questions on our blog. To submit a parenting or child care question, please email

Until then, stay connected online on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards, Instagram profile, and LinkedIn page!