BANANAS

BANANAS We connect parents with child care professionals, offer workshops, & advocate for childcare.
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This class is designed to assist new parents with recovery after birth, provide a supportive community-centered environm...
01/05/2024

This class is designed to assist new parents with recovery after birth, provide a supportive community-centered environment, and an awareness of self-care. With their babies present, parents can focus on easing tensions, restoring alignment in the body, creating energy and re-strengthening the core. After a brief check-in, we’ll center, breathe, move and support one another. Modifications and suggestions for yoga props will be offered, and specific care needs during the postural movement portion of the class.

Register Today: https://bananasbunch.org/event/baby-me-yoga-15/

First workshop for Parents & Families of 2024!This is a virtual interactive workshop to equip new parents, grandparents ...
01/03/2024

First workshop for Parents & Families of 2024!

This is a virtual interactive workshop to equip new parents, grandparents and caregivers with tools, practical tips and valuable suggestions to help your child get off to a great start with their speech and language development.

Link to register: https://bananasbunch.org/event/speech-language-skills-baby-sign-9/

12/21/2023

Our Client Services Manager, Deana Lundy, recently had an opportunity to contribute to the dialogue in this Edsource article around a growing trend: families opting out of kindergarten. Deana, confirmed that we've observed similar trends among our families and spoke briefly with Zaidee, the journalist behind this article. Check it out! https://edsource.org/2023/more-kids-skipping-kindergarten-post-pandemic/702407

Happy Holidays from The Bunch! Photos are from our Holiday Staff Appreciation at Hana Japan this month.
12/20/2023

Happy Holidays from The Bunch! Photos are from our Holiday Staff Appreciation at Hana Japan this month.

Calling all new parents! ✨ Join our special class designed to support your post-birth recovery journey. In a warm, commu...
12/07/2023

Calling all new parents! ✨ Join our special class designed to support your post-birth recovery journey. In a warm, community-centered space, bring your babies along as we focus on easing tensions, restoring body alignment, and re-strengthening your core. After a brief check-in, we'll center, breathe, move, and support one another. Modifications and helpful suggestions provided, ensuring a mindful and caring experience. 💖

Use this registration link to join: https://bananasbunch.org/event/baby-me-yoga-11/

BANANAS team members shortly before presenting on Building Bridges of CARE at the 2023 BUILD Initiative conference! 🌟   ...
12/01/2023

BANANAS team members shortly before presenting on Building Bridges of CARE at the 2023 BUILD Initiative conference! 🌟

This is a virtual interactive workshop to equip new parents, grandparents and caregivers with tools, practical tips and ...
11/29/2023

This is a virtual interactive workshop to equip new parents, grandparents and caregivers with tools, practical tips and valuable suggestions to help your child get off to a great start with their speech and language development. Participants will also learn baby sign language which is helpful to use with your child before they are able to say words. Using baby signs helps eliminate frustration and can help your child communicate with ease.

Register here: https://bananasbunch.org/event/speech-language-skills-baby-sign-8/

For five decades, BANANAS has supported child care and early education in our community.Tarsha Jordan, a child care prov...
11/29/2023

For five decades, BANANAS has supported child care and early education in our community.

Tarsha Jordan, a child care provider who also brings S.T.E.A.M activities to young learners, shares her perspective.

Donate here: https://bananasbunch.org/giving-tuesday/

For childcare providers like Natanya Mitchell, BANANAS extends its support by offering licensing guidance, workshops, an...
11/28/2023

For childcare providers like Natanya Mitchell, BANANAS extends its support by offering licensing guidance, workshops, and training. As we celebrate 50 years of dedication, Natanya Mitchell, a child care provider, recently shared her experience.

Donate here: https://bananasbunch.org/giving-tuesday/

We are so grateful that we have been able to support so many families and early educators this year, especially our fami...
11/22/2023

We are so grateful that we have been able to support so many families and early educators this year, especially our families that are unhoused and facing challenges. We could not do this without your support and allyship - thank you!!

🍌Thrilled to introduce Vanessa Hernandez, our newest Development Associate at BANANAS! Join us in giving her a warm welc...
11/20/2023

🍌Thrilled to introduce Vanessa Hernandez, our newest Development Associate at BANANAS! Join us in giving her a warm welcome to the team! 🍌

This class is designed to assist new parents with recovery after birth, provide a supportive community-centered environm...
11/08/2023

This class is designed to assist new parents with recovery after birth, provide a supportive community-centered environment, and an awareness of self-care. With their babies present, parents can focus on easing tensions, restoring alignment in the body, creating energy and re-strengthening the core. After a brief check-in, we’ll center, breathe, move and support one another. Modifications and suggestions for yoga props will be offered, and specific care needs during the postural movement portion of the class. Link below:

https://bananasbunch.org/event/baby-me-yoga-12/

BANANAS tabled at the Fatherhood Summit on 10/21/23. The summit is a free event for fathers that includes a job Fair, ov...
11/01/2023

BANANAS tabled at the Fatherhood Summit on 10/21/23. The summit is a free event for fathers that includes a job Fair, over 30 empowering Workshops, gifted mainstage speakers, and more.

The CARE Family Discussion is for parents who are unhoused or housing insecure in Alameda County. Incentives will be pro...
10/24/2023

The CARE Family Discussion is for parents who are unhoused or housing insecure in Alameda County. Incentives will be provided for parents who attend.

The BANANAS CARE program (Child Care Access Referral Ensured) assists families who are experiencing homelessness in navigating the child care system. Join us to learn about accessing community resources, tips around stress management, and discuss the successes and challenges of parenting young children while experiencing housing insecurity. Support each other and strengthen your family!

The link to register is below:
https://bananasbunch.org/event/care-family-discussion/

Congratulations to the winners of the Providers Fall Read-a-thon! These providers took on the challenge of reading one b...
10/18/2023

Congratulations to the winners of the Providers Fall Read-a-thon! These providers took on the challenge of reading one book daily to the kids in their care for 30 days in a row. The winners received Dollhouses from Lakeshore Learning!

What do family resource navigators do? Click through to learn more, then follow the link below for additional info about...
10/17/2023

What do family resource navigators do? Click through to learn more, then follow the link below for additional info about the CARE Program.

https://bananasbunch.org/care-program/

In this class, participants will gain personal tools for enhancing their co-parenting experience. Learn about the unique...
10/17/2023

In this class, participants will gain personal tools for enhancing their co-parenting experience. Learn about the unique and collective identity and purpose of the parenting team through interactive and culturally congruent processes. Gaylon Logan Jr. has many years of experience assisting parents in establishing guiding principles and practices of effective co-parenting. The link to register is below:

https://bananasbunch.org/event/co-parenting-from-within-3-part-series-12/

Our CARE program aims to lift unhoused families out of crisis and provide them access to supportive services while treat...
10/13/2023

Our CARE program aims to lift unhoused families out of crisis and provide them access to supportive services while treating them with dignity and respect. Learn more about the CARE program here: https://bananasbunch.org/care-program/

Congratulations on becoming a new mom! Right now you may be feeling a lot of emotions. If you are excited, worried, over...
10/13/2023

Congratulations on becoming a new mom! Right now you may be feeling a lot of emotions. If you are excited, worried, overwhelmed, or overjoyed, then you’re totally normal. Finding a circle of support is a great way to lessen the stress of caring for a newborn. At each of our support groups, moms will get to share their feelings, ask questions and build friendships with one another. Come and join us and bring your baby along! Link to register is below:

https://bananasbunch.org/event/new-moms-support-group-3-part-series-29/

Finding child care for your infant, toddler or preschooler is one of the most important decisions you will make as a par...
10/10/2023

Finding child care for your infant, toddler or preschooler is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. There are a lot of things to consider. There are questions about the difference between a family child care provider, a child care center and all the options available. We’ll discuss each type of care so you can connect with the right provider. We’ll also discuss how to screen and interview potential providers. The link to register is below.

https://bananasbunch.org/event/choosing-child-care-35/

In Honor of Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a holiday that honors Native American peoples and their ancestors for their re...
10/09/2023

In Honor of Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a holiday that honors Native American peoples and their ancestors for their resilience and impact on our nation across many generations.

This class is designed to assist new parents with recovery after birth, provide a supportive community-centered environm...
10/05/2023

This class is designed to assist new parents with recovery after birth, provide a supportive community-centered environment, and an awareness of self-care. With their babies present, parents can focus on easing tensions, restoring alignment in the body, creating energy and re-strengthening the core. Register today at the link below:

https://bananasbunch.org/event/baby-me-yoga-13/

We tabled at Brilliant Baby Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Children’s Fairyland!  This was a free eve...
10/03/2023

We tabled at Brilliant Baby Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Children’s Fairyland! This was a free event for families to celebrate the explosive growth in the Oakland community, connect families with local organizations that can support them, and bring joy to all assembled.

09/26/2023

We are going to have a buzzing good time! I hope to see you there! Buzz! Buzz!! Buzz!!!



.T.E.A.M. is fun

Play with laughter has the power to break tension and resolve conflict, but it can be the last tool we reach for in our ...
09/20/2023

Play with laughter has the power to break tension and resolve conflict, but it can be the last tool we reach for in our parenting toolbox. When children are unwilling to cooperate and refuse to do simple tasks, a routine of play between parent and child can release frustration and increase closeness. In this workshop, you’ll discover fun games and different types of play that can decrease anxiety and fear and increase cooperation. You’ll also learn what you can do on days you don’t have the energy to play. Register with the link below:

https://bananasbunch.org/event/the-power-of-play-how-to-build-a-close-connection-with-your-child-2/

September 18 - 24, 2023, is recognized as National Diaper Need Awareness Week! National Diaper Need Awareness Week is an...
09/19/2023

September 18 - 24, 2023, is recognized as National Diaper Need Awareness Week! National Diaper Need Awareness Week is an annual effort to bring attention to the issue of diaper need in the U.S. and our own community. Through partnership with Help A Mother Out, BANANAS distributed thousands of diapers to families in need Between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.

Do you ever struggle to figure out what your child might need? Do they ignore your requests or get easily upset, making ...
09/14/2023

Do you ever struggle to figure out what your child might need? Do they ignore your requests or get easily upset, making it hard to know how to respond? You’re not alone! Our children need clear parameters, the freedom to explore so they can learn from their mistakes, and our unconditional love. Join the discussion with a supportive group of parents, about how to create a secure relationship with your child(ren). Register with the link below:

https://bananasbunch.org/event/secure-child-balanced-parent-managing-emotions-behaviors-2-part-series-2/

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5232 Claremont Avenue
Oakland, CA
94618

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Telephone

(510) 658-7353

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Parents & Child Care Professionals - We are here for You!

BANANAS mission is to partner with families and child care providers to raise happy, confident children. We offer child care referrals and resources to families with young children and child care professionals in the Northern Alameda County cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Piedmont, Emeryville, and Alameda. If you need assistance with paying for child care, call us at 510.658.7353 to see if you qualify for a subsidy program.

We welcome families and child care providers to sign up for our parent education classes, professional development trainings, and playgroups held here at BANANAS and out in the community. Sign up for sessions under Workshops & Trainings at https://bananasbunch.org/