About Fresno Family

I launched Fresno Family on Jan. 9, 2001 after looking for, and not finding,  a local website that had info on local things to do with my first child. At the time, my daughter was a newborn, and I was very eager to get started finding all the fun things to do in the area with her as she grew. Since I couldn’t find anything that suited my needs, I went ahead and created it! I (rightly) figured other families would also like to have a website with this sort of info… And so Fresno Family was born!

It has evolved quite a lot over the years. You can view many of it’s past evolutions on The Wayback Machine, starting with it’s first archived homepage.

As of 2019, Fresno Family has evolved beyond just pages of lists of resources into a full-on directory website complete with business ratings and reviews! Businesses now also have the opportunity to pay to upgrade their free listings to even more visible options.

But the core purpose of Fresno Family remains the same: To be the BEST online parenting resource in the Central Valley! Here you will find all kinds of things to do for and with your children in our area, both free and paid options, as well as ideas for family outings that are within a day’s drive away.

So dig in, enjoy, and discover all that the Central Valley has to offer families with children! Also, share some of your own feedback!

And tell your friends and family about Fresno Family!

About the Webmama

My name is Tina and I, too, am a Fresno local.

I need to make it very clear to all my site visitors that this is a mommy-made site, NOT a professional site. This is a one-mama run site, and its entirely done on my opinion and experiences and in my free time (what little there is) when I’m not busy mommying, homeschooling, or working on a million other projects and tasks…So anyone who considers doing business with me needs to keep this in mind and realize I’m on mommy time–which means my KIDS come first, not my business. Thank you for understanding!

I was born in ’70, so figure out how old that is now, LOL…have been married to a wonderful man since ’99, and we had our first child, a daughter, in ’00…our second, a son, in ’04, but sadly he was stillborn. We then had another son in ’05. I’ve only lived in Fresno since ’97, but my husband was born and raised here and both our families are here.

My background?

Well, I’ve always gravitated towards jobs with children…Have been an educator in many capacities since receiving my Bachelor’s in Child Development in 1992.

Without boring you completely with my life story…I ended up here in Fresno in 1997 entirely because of my then boyfriend, now husband, Adam. I met Adam while I was teaching in Sequoia National Forest at SCICON Outdoor School, in Springville… (Clemmie Gill School for Science & Conservation).

Since both our families live here in Fresno…it’s worked out nicely for us to settle here and start our own family.

Other things about me:

I had a “Mommy & Me” class that I led in my home from 2002-2005, off and on, to help pay the bills and have some fun weekly. I taught preschool for several years in the past, so I had a fun time coming up with neat things to do, while staying home with my daughter and making a little cash. I’ve since written a book on How to Create a High Quality  “Mommy & Me” program.

I cohost a homeschool podcast with another local mom called the “Savvy Homeschool Moms.” I also have a homeschool blog called the “Homeschool Realm.” Both of these have very active Facebook pages as well!

A last thing I’d like to mention about me is that I am an “attachment parent.” If you have no idea what I am talking about…refer to the my AP pages or just do a search on the net under “attachment parenting.” There’s an ENORMOUS amount of info out there on the subject, just waiting to be read by you! If you happen to be an AP parent like myself, we have a rather large, & very active local AP playgroup (called “Fresno AP Mommies“). Go ahead and follow that link to join us! 🙂

Enough about me…Go enjoy Fresno Family!!!

6 thoughts on “About Fresno Family

  • Christina 7 years ago

    New to Fresno/Clovis area (on the border). Both husband and I homeschool our two girls, 11 and 13. Have been since they were born. Use secular curriculum including CM. Not impressed with the homeschooling groups that I have found so far here. We came from a homeschooling group that met once a week and did secular co-op classes that were quite flexible and could be attended by the girls if desired. Any ideas or suggestions to explore for this area (already a member of the 3 options on yahoo groups)? The girls are looking for others that are their ages and like-minded. Thanks for any direction for homeschooling in this area!

    • WebmamaTina Post author 2 years ago

      Somehow this comment slipped through my radar. I am just seeing it. Obviously, 5 years later, I’m guessing you found something already…but for others reading this…Yahoogroups are dead now, so we are all on Facebook now. Check out this page for a list of some of the local homeschool Facebook groups: https://fresnofamily.com/homeschooling/local-homeschool-groups/

  • Mindy Zielke 8 years ago

    I stumbled onto your website because I too am a mom and I’m new to the Fresno area and I’m not at all impressed with Clovis unified. I’m seriously considering homeschooling, but am looking for advice as to the best charter or public schools home program. I want the oversight as I’m a newbie and I want the public funding of 2,000 per year per child from the state as long as I’m meeting the standards. Any good suggestions?

    • Webmama Tina 8 years ago

      Hi Mindy! Welcome! Currently I’m unaware of any local program that will allow access to the money you speak of. I have heard of programs in other counties that do pay that money directly to the homeschooling parents…but last time we discussed it, there wasn’t anything in the Fresno area that distributed money. Imagine what we could do w/that much money annually to pay for supplies and classes for our homeschooled kids! We dream of that day! :). But, that said, there ARE local charters for homeschoolers that spend that money for you on programs and materials for enrolled homeschoolers. I have only ever heard anything good about 2, however, as I tend to be in circles of homeschoolers who, like me, don’t want a program that tells me what to do but instead provides a variety of resources and lets me pick…the 2 that I know of that are flexible and recommended are Mountain Home School in Oakhurst and Eleanor Roosevelt in Visalia. Yup, not IN Fresno. BUT….here’s the GREAT news…ERCLC (Eleanor Roosevelt) is starting a Fresno satellite in the fall! My kids are currently enrolled at ERCLC and we make the 1 hour drive down there twice a week and LOVE IT! We are very excited about the Fresno satellite! Let me know if you’d like more info…you can find my contact info on the contact page: https://fresnofamily.com/contact/

      Also, have you checked out my homeschool pages yet? There’s all sorts of info on local groups and such.

    • WebmamaTina Post author 2 years ago

      Just stumbled upon this comment again… 6 years later and there are now options in our area for homeschooling with a charter and receiving funding! Check out Inspire charter and Compass charter, both for homeschoolers, both provide funding for students to use for educational purposes!


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