Parent Groups and Playgroups

This page is to help local parents find the support and play groups that we all need! Some are social groups only, while others are information groups. Check below for a group that interests you…There’s enough out there for there to be a group for everyone!

Please contact me if you have a group to add to the list. Make sure to include contact info as well as a brief description of the group.

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Fresno

Fresno Moms Support & Playgroup
We offer support, friendship and fun for moms. Kiddos of all ages are welcomed! We have weekly events to suit the needs of all our members. We are always looking for active new members! Visit their Facebook group.

Central Valley Multiples Club
A non-profit organization committed to providing support, education, and friendship to parents and expectant parents of twins, triplets or higher order multiples. CVMC offers families parenting resources during pregnancy, infancy, toddlerhood, school years and beyond. Visit CVMC’s website.

La Leche League of Fresno County
La Leche League’s monthly meetings provide an opportunity to talk with other mothers about the special joys and challenges of parenting through breastfeeding. A continuing series of informal discussion meetings are offered and are open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Children are welcome. Visit their website or call the Leader Referral Line 265-3301.

“Fresno AP Mommies” Playgroup
A playgroup started by me, Fresno Family’s Webmama, that has grown in leaps in bounds since its beginnings in early 2001. This group is for “attachment parenting” mommies to be able to connect and get the support that we need, since we tend to go against the “mainstream” in our parenting style. We are a group of mommies who don’t believe in letting our children “cry it out” (we always respond in some way to baby’s cries, and don’t believe you can spoil a baby by holding them too much), we tend to family bed (tho not all of us), we carry or “wear” our babies alot, we strongly believe in breastfeeding, and particularly in feeding on demand (there are no Ezzo, “Babywise”, supporters amongst us…we are all very opposed to his practices)…many of us breastfeed past a year, some past 2 years, we believe in gentle discipline (no spanking)…These are our general beliefs…not all of us are strict in all of this, but that is a broad overview of how our mommies feel. More info here. If this sounds like something that grooves with your parenting, email here and we’ll add you to our announcement only egroup so you can find out about our activities.

API (Attachment Parenting International) of Fresno
The Fresno, CA chapter of Attachment Parenting International (API) brings families together to learn, share, and socialize. Through research, support, education, and advocacy, API seeks to strengthen families and increase awareness of the importance of secure attachment, thereby reducing the likelihood of many serious social problems such as adolescent risk-taking, child abuse, and aggressive behaviors. API’s Advisory Board, Resource Advisory Council, and Board of Directors includes pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, periodontists, anthropologists, child educators, and attorneys. Attachment Parenting International is a non-profit(c)(3)non-profit member organization. Monthly meetings are open to the public and paid membership is not required to attend.
Join the egroup or contact Janell at 559-240-6270 for more info.

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) of Fresno
ICAN of Fresno Chapter’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)and meets every 3rd thursday of the month.

ICAN of Fresno is a local online group that encourages a supportive dialogue to educate and inform anyone who is interested in preparing for childbirth choices, rights of a patient, VBAC, HBAC, & receive emotional support for cesarean births (past & recovery). It is recommended (although not required) that online group members formally subscribe to the ICAN of Fresno Chapter for additional benefits and resources.
Interested in joining the online group, click here.


P.A.L. (Play and Learn) Fresno
P.A.L. (Play and Learn) Fresno is a playgroup designed for families with children ages 18 months to 5 years. We will meet every other week (regular day and time to be announced) for fun and educational playgroups! We will make every effort to expose our children to all of the cultural and educational experiences that our community offers in a fun and exciting way! Every member of this group will be expected to contribute to the success of the group by sharing ideas, information, and resources. This group will be kept small in effort to allow members to get to know each other better and to give our children the best experience possible!
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/playandlearnfresno/

MOMS Club
We are MOMS Club, an international, non-profit organization offering support for mothers who stay home with their children, including those who have home-based businesses and those who work part-time.  It is a wonderful way for you to meet other at-home moms and a fun way for your child to meet other at-home children! We offer monthly meetings, casual get-togethers, outings for moms and children, family parties, playgroups, babysitting co-ops, activity groups, and service projects.
If you live south of Herndon email momscluboffresno@yahoo.com.
Visit their website
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If you live north of Herndon, email momscluboffresnonorth@gmail.com.
And visit their international website.

M.O.M.S. (Making Our Mothering Significant)
A fun fellowship time for mothers of young children. Peoples Church, Cedar & Herndon Avenues, Fresno.

• 2nd Tuesday of the month
• 9:15 to 11:30am, Green Room
• Mothers of infants, preschool, and school-age children
• Child-care available
For information, call 298-8001, ext. 273

M.O.M.S. is a unique ministry geared towards mothers of infants, preschool, and school-age children.

“MOPS” (Mothers Of Preschoolers)
This is an international Christian group of mothers who have preschoolers. $5 per meeting. Call Brandy Freeland, MOPS Council Coordinator for Fresno-Clovis, 559-436-0891. Or visit their website to find a group near you…there are 8 groups in the Fresno/Clovis area…as well as others in the surrounding towns.

MOPS is a support group for mothers. Their meetings usually include a speaker on family related subjects, discussion time and a craft. Meetings are usually planned for every other week, and child care is available. Some meetings are in the evening so working mothers can attend.

Info from website: MOPS International is a non-denominational Christian organization that reaches out to all mothers of children under school age. MOPS helps moms… and MOPS makes a difference in thelives of families. The purpose of MOPS International is to nurture every mother of preschoolers by meeting her distinct needs to the glory of Jesus Christ.. This purpose is carried out in a variety of ways, including local MOPS groups, MOMSense Magazine, MOMSense Radio, MOPS’ books and products, and special events.
Please see website for details.

Central Valley Playgroup (Formerly “Fresno Moms”)

We are a parents group located in Fresno but cater to the central valley. We have many parents that come from all over the central valley. Parent’s with kids ranging in ages from their teens to newborns. We have weekly events and playdates.There are monthly events for new members and parents night out. If you would love to join feel free to email us. Chandra Dolliver – cmdolliver@yahoo.com

Other Local Areas

NorCal Mommies
As part of The Mommies Network, NorCalmommies.com is a free community for moms in Northern California from South Valley California north to the Oregon border, California. We realize that all moms need local support — and who can’t use another friend? NorCalmommies.com offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on our private discussion forums to share information on everything from where to get the best haircut to tips on transitioning to a “big kid” bed. Each month, we also offer many face-to-face events for our members, their children and their families.

 

AP Mountain Mamas
AP Mountain Mamas is an eclectic and inclusive association of families who live and parent through the principles of attachment parenting (including homeschool/unschool) in Madera County, the foothills and surrounding areas. Members are from Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Bass Lake, Mariposa, Fish Camp, North Fork, O’Neals, Raymond, Yosemite Lakes Park, Madera and more.

Visalia AP Mommies
We are Visalia, CA area mommies that parent our children in the “attachment parenting” style. That means we co-sleep, breastfeed (usually extended breastfeeding), “wear” our babies (in slings, carriers, etc.), don’t believe in letting our babies cry-it-out, use gentle discipline (no spanking), and are subsequently in tune to our children’s needs. This group is for anyone who practices AP parenting or is interested in learning more about AP parenting and wants to make friendships with others who parent in a similar style. We have park days, mom’s night out and a book club.

Reedley Mother’s Group
For mothers with children from birth to age 5. A selection of subjects are covered, such as a speaker, craft, or a mother’s tea. Child care is available.

Meets at First Baptist Church, 819 W. Parlier the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 9:30am to 11:30am. Call for details 638-5281.

Hanford Teen Center
Offers several classes during the week for mothers and their children up to age five. Classes include planned activities, crafts & other projects for moms and their children.

Call 585-2519 for information.

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    18 Responses to Parent Groups and Playgroups

    • How do I get into contact with Visalia AP group?

    • Summer is approaching and we have been working hard to create memorable visits to our parks.
      Visit our website for events and summer park hours. http://www.storylandplayland.com

      Storyland’s Magical Summer Camp is a great way to entertain your child’s imagination, we are still taking registrations and hope to see you here. For more information please call 559-486-2124 ext.101

      Lots of improvements happening in Storyland and Playland, 2013 and 2014 May volunteer days have brought a sparkle to the grounds.

      The carousel is being restored to its original beautiful 1955 state. It will be complete by the upcoming event, September 27, 2014, Bachelors Ball, ‘Pirates In Storyland’, (http://www.bachelorsball.com) to benefit the Helicopter Project that we are committed to. http://video.valleypbs.org.video/2365099647/

      2015 will bring new attractions to celebrate the historical Fresno icon, Playland’s 60th Anniversary.

      Our birthday calendar still has openings, our newest venue is the ‘Tea Room’ it is set up to provide your child and their guest an authentic tea party. Dress up, craft, train ride and refreshments from 11:00-2:00
      for more information on the party availability call 559-486-2124, ext. 101

      Do you have a group of children that you’d like to bring together? We can provide them with a special 2 hour program; our Mother Goose Literacy Walk is offered for 20+ children, Monday-Wednesday 9:00-11:00 AM.
      Mother Goose will greet the children at the gate and dance them back to Storyland Theater where she captures their attention with an interactive story time.
      After she will lead them through Storyland with a Magic Key to listen to the ‘Story-boxes at each Storyland attraction.
      As you start to whine the children down the Willis B. Kyle Express Train pulls up just in time to take them for a ride around the park! All this for just $4.50 per person.
      Lunch can be served with special order. $6.00 per person (72 hour notice needed for lunches)

    • Is there a group for expecting mothers?

    • Free playgroup: Fresno Moms Support & Playgroup

    • I am wondering if there are any pregnancy/maternity groups as well. It would be great to meet other pregnant women (especially other first time mothers) that I can share with.

      • I am wondering the same thing. First time mommy, due in April 2014!

        Thanks,
        Whitney

      • I know that Clovis Moms Playgroup on meetup.com welcomes expectant mothers. It’s $12/year and the first month you don’t have to pay if you don’t like it. Also La Leche League (free) is a great way to meet other pregnant mamas, and get support for future breastfeeding success. I know that Perfect Balance Yoga offers prenatal yoga,, and part of the session includes a time for mamas to talk and connect. There is also a prenatal swimming class at San Joaquin Valley Rehab, it’s very affordable, you do need a drs note for it. Also there is a group called Birth Circle, it is free, meets once a month and is about birthing support for expectant mamas and mamas who have given birth. Best wishes!!!

    • I would love some information about the attachment parenting play group please contact me!

    • Are there any prenatal groups to join in the Fresno area? It would be great to connect with other expectant mothers. Sadly, it seems we have limited resources for pregnant women in our community. It would be great if there was also information posted for that stage in motherhood/parenthood. Perhaps, there is another website you can direct me to.

      Thank you

      • I’m looking for the same thing! Have you found any groups or met any other pregnant women who would interested in starting something like this (if there isn’t already one around)? What area do you live in and when are you due? I’m newly pregnant (only 5w 4d) and not due until December 4 but I am young and this will be my first so it can be a bit overwhelming. I’m in the Clovis/North Fresno area.

    • Also, sorry, the Saint Agnes mom to Mom support group… I called the number and they said it’s no longer available. Just giving you a heads up. Thank you for all you’ve done with this amazing site!

    • Fresnomommies.com as well the dad’s site do not work. :( I’m wondering if there is a different way to get in touch with them…?? Thanks!

      • FresnoMommies.com became http://www.norcalmommies.com/ (which didn’t make any sense to me because now we’re all mixed up with half of the state…but I wasn’t really involved with FresnoMommies.com anyway)… And the dad’s groups all disappeared, as far as I know. Never had a lot of activity. :( Thanks for the heads up that the info needs to be edited. I’m on it! :)

    • are there any AP parenting groups located in Merced?

    • I am a RN working in the Maternal Child Health field here in Fresno at the California Health Collaborative.
      I work with the Breatstfeeding Coalitions and also working on integrating care for PMAD (PPD) into primary care. Always looking for groups for moms. Some of your resources sound excellent for overwhelmed moms. I also am a Mentor Mom at a MOPS group in Visalia at Gateway Church. What a great community service. Would love to talk. My office number is 559-244-4574. We have a contract for support groups for depressed moms with Centro La Familia too.

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