Family Workshops

Our workshops help you understand your child care options and find programs that meet your family’s needs. We also offer parent education and child development programs.

Download a flyer with all of our summer/autumn 2017 workshops.

Expand menu items below for dates and to register. Workshops take place at Children’s Council, except those indicated at public libraries.

Tuesday Playgroups

Learn how to build connections with children through play! Each week our child development experts lead engaging play sessions with activities you can use at home.


Playgroups are every Tuesday from 10-11:30am, and are designed for 0-6 year olds with their parents, as well as for license-exempt child care providers with one or two children maximum. All languages are welcome.

Please note: there will be no Tuesday Playgroup on December 26, 2017 and January 2, 2018.

Call Jessica Boehme at 415-276-2902 with any questions.

New & Expecting Moms Group

In 2017, join us for a six-part series on Thursdays from 11am-noon:

This group will support new and expecting mommies through group discussion, interaction and activities. We’ll build new relationships and support communication between you and your child. The facilitator is a new mom herself, with a background in social psychology and adult and child education.

Expecting moms and new moms with babies are encouraged to attend any or all sessions! Learn more in this blog by our facilitator Jessica Boehme.

Drop-ins welcome, but please register for the full series.

Parent Cafe

Build supportive relationships with other families while learning how to better manage the stress of parenting from our team of child development experts. Dinner and child care are provided. Please RSVP:

Choosing Child Care

This workshop helps you evaluate family child care homes and infant/toddler centers. We also explore licensing regulations, legal rights of parents and indicators of quality.

This is a free workshop. Registration preferred.

Choosing a Preschool

In this workshop we address program philosophies, quality indicators and tips on navigating the application process. This is a free workshop. Registration preferred.

Cooking Matters

Learn how to prepare fast, delicious and healthy meals on a budget. School-age children are encouraged to attend with a parent. In each class you will cook and eat a nutritious meal, and receive a FREE bag of fresh produce and recipes to make at home. Please plan to attend all six classes.

Every Child Ready to Read

Pediatric CPR & First Aid

Receive your certification from the Emergency Medical Services Authority. Course fee is $120, registration is required.