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5232 Claremont Ave
California 94618

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Programs: BANANAS operates two major services: child care resource and referral and child care payment programs. BANANAS resource and referral staff provide parents with the information and counseling they need so that they can make the most appropriate child care choices for children. BANANAS provides a variety of other parent support services and gives technical assistance to child care programs. BANANAS offers workshops, publications, support groups and classes to both parents and providers and provides over 90,000 referrals and other services each year. BANANAS operates over 10 child care payment programs funded with federal, state and local funds. These programs pay for the child care of low income families and BANANAS pays for the child care of over 3,500 children each year. BANANAS also operates other short term projects including Parent Voices which is organizing parents to advocate for more government funded child care and family support services.

BANANAS, Inc. was founded in 1973 with the mission of providing free child care and parenting information and support to the diverse families in its community with the long range goal of assisting families in becoming healthy and self-sufficient. BANANAS also seeks to play a role in society recognizing its responsibility to support families and child care programs.

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Over the past 3 decades I have had the opportunity to use the many services provided by BANANAS, first as a client and more recently as a high school teacher and preschool program director. In 1978 I moved to the bay area, a single mother – no family or support system, job or source of income – ... more »
This is a wonderful organization that provides child care support for many low income working class families who would not otherwise be able to afford childcare services for their children... more »
The BANANAS Child Care Resource and Referral agency is committed - absolutely! - to children and families. People ask for all kinds of help, and they are answered with compassion, openness, knowledge and friendliness. BANANAS interprets its mission very broadly, and offers all kinds of services ... more »
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