Las Madres Neighborhood Playgroups
Built around the concept of the neighborhood playgroup, Las Madres uniquely organizes its large network of playgroups by city and child’s age. This comes in handy when it comes to getting recommendations on schools, local finds, doctors, and services. However, parents are welcome to join any playgroup in the area. Las Madres has been serving Santa Clara County for over 50 years, which makes it one of the most well-established parenting organizations in the Bay.
Mothers Offering Mothers Support (MOMS) is a national, nonprofit organization supporting the choice of mothers to stay home and raise their children. Visit their website to find a local chapter, including San Francisco, San Jose, Los Gatos, Oakland, San Ramon & Dublin, Sunnyvale, and beyond!
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
Don’t let the name mislead you! This organization is open to all parents. MOPS strives to provide friendship, community, resources, and support to mothers and children, from babies to kindergartners. Visit their website to find a local chapter near you.
The Parents Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP)
This club describes itself as the largest mothers’ group serving the peninsula with members extending from San Francisco to the South Bay. PAMP provides a supportive community to a wide variety of moms (and dads) and their young children. Some of the playgroups and specialinterest groups include over-40, working and stay-at-home parents, and adoptive. They also offer a babysitting co-op, community service opportunities, and an active online community. Most of their activities take place in the Palo Alto/Menlo Park area, but any Bay Area parent of a
child age 5 and under is welcome to join.
MUMs, Mothers Uniting Mothers, a little-known gem found in in the rolling hills of Los Altos, is a fellowship group for mothers of young children at Los Altos United Methodist Church. Open to mothers of all faiths and walks of life, MUMs meets every other Wednesday morning. Free, on-site childcare is provided, allowing time for a much needed break for mothers to enjoy wonderful speakers, small group discussions, and refreshments. For more information, view their welcome flyer and 2010-11 registration form here. Or check the LAUMC website.
Berkeley Parents Network
A nice alternative for the busy parent, the Berkley Parents Network exists entirely online. Providing thousands upon thousands of recommendations and advice from members of the Berkeley Parents Network, this group sends weekly e-newsletters to its subscribers and maintains an active message board on their site.