BPN community subscribers are local schools, childcare providers, camps, classes, and child-related businesses & organizations that support BPN by purchasing a yearly subscription in exchange for publicizing their programs on BPN. These fees allow BPN to remain a not-for-profit, advertising-free resource for the entire community, and to continue to offer free subscriptions to parents.
• Who can purchase a community subscription? . • How much does it cost? • What are the benefits? • Is it worth it for me to purchase a subscription? • Why does BPN charge a fee to subscribe? • How do I purchase a Community Subscription? • Paying for your BPN subscription
Schools, camps, classes and other child-related businesses and organizations that (1) are local to the SF Bay Area and (2) serve either children or parents specifically, may subscribe to BPN.
Click one of the links below to view information about that subscription type
- K-12 Schools
- Daycares, Childcare Centers & Preschools
- Camps, Classes, Teams & Groups for Kids or Parents
- Nannies & Babysitters
- Teen Subscribers & College Students
- Tutors & Teachers
- Businesses - including medical & therapy practices, tutor businesses, artists & performers, and other businesses that serve families and children
- Civic & Public Service Organizations - museums, libraries, churches, volunteer-run groups, etc.
Subscriptions are for one year. Public schools, city-operated programs, and some nonprofits are free. Click a category above for details.
- Businesses: $250
- Individuals: $35 (tutors, music teachers, babysitters)
- Schools, classes, daycares, camps, etc: $35 - $250 depending on capacity (see this page for fees)
- Nonprofit organizations that do not operate a school, class, camp, etc: $50
- Businesses, organizations, schools, preschools, daycares, camps, classes:
Post announcements and events to the BPN website, including openings in your program, upcoming classes, camp sessions and workshops, kid-friendly activities such as performances, informational events such as tours and open houses, parent education events such as lectures, and general announcements about the services you provide, such as therapy or tutoring. Your post will be public on the BPN website for 30 days, after which you can post a new announcement. You can have more than one active post at a time about different programs. All new posts from the past week are included in the Friday's Announcements newsletter, which is emailed to all subscribers. (more info about posting announcements)
A profile page on the BPN website that you can edit, with a description of your program or services, your contact info, a link to your website, and additional information such as hours and ages. BPN parents can post new reviews of you directly to your profile page. Reviews of you that appeared in past newsletters are archived to your profile page, and any new recommendations that appear in Parent Q&A are linked to your profile page.
Appear in listings on the BPN website based on the type of programs you offer, such as "Preschools" or "Tutor Centers" or "Psychotherapists." A special 'B' icon is displayed next to your program's name to show that you are a Community Subscriber. (more info)
- Individual subscribers ($35/year) such as private tutors and babysitters may post to either the Tutor & Teacher Listing or the Childcare Listing. Individual subscribers do not have a profile page, nor can they post Announcements & Events.
All community subscribers also have access to the Marketplace listing, where you can view items that BPN subscribers are selling or giving away, post your own items, or request donations for your nonprofit.
BPN is the go-to resource for local parents looking for childcare, schools, classes, summer camps, and other local resources. As of January 2018, BPN has more than 25,000 subscribers in the SF Bay Area -- 90% are parents, and 10% are community subscribers. New announcements and upcoming events are included in a weekly email newsletter sent to our subscribers. The BPN website averages 250,000 visits per month. See BPN by the Numbers for detailed information about where subscribers live, along with website and newsletter statistics.
When you purchase a BPN subscription, you become a member of the BPN community. Founded in 1993, BPN was one of the first online resources for parents, and has continued its not-for-profit focus on helping local parents support each other, without advertising or corporate sponsorship. BPN has become widely known in the community as a beloved, trusted resource, and we have grown by word-of-mouth to tens of thousands of dedicated, actively-participating subscribers. The message you want to share with parents has a wider, more receptive audience than almost any other local source. Best of all for our community subscribers, BPN's subscription fee is a fraction of what it costs to advertise in other venues!
Community subscriptions are the only revenue BPN has to support more than 20,000 parents in the Bay Area who subscribe to BPN for free. We do not accept paid advertising or corporate sponsorship. For more than 20 years, BPN was free for everyone including businesses in the community, and was run entirely by parent volunteers. In order to remain an advertising-free resource for the community that is free for parents, we needed a way to generate revenue, so in 2015 we began charging schools and businesses in the community a fee to publicize their programs. Here is a letter from BPN's founder Ginger Ogle explaining why these subscriptions are so important to BPN.
If you have never subscribed on this website, click the 'subscribe' link in the upper right corner of any page on the website or go directly to the Subscribe page.
If you have already subscribed on this website, as a parent for example:
Want to create a new account for your school/business? (this is recommended): Log out of your parent account first and then click the 'subscribe' link in the upper right corner of any page on the website.
Want to add your school/business to your parent account? Upgrade your subscription. Login to your account and go directly to the Subscribe page.
We use Paypal to manage community subscriptions. If you don't already have a Paypal account, you will have the opportunity to open a Paypal account when you subscribe on BPN. You can use a credit card, debit card, or a bank account to open a Paypal account. See the FAQ for Purchasing a Community Subscription for more information.
Subscriptions renew automatically every year unless you cancel automatic payment on your Paypal account before your renewal date. As long as your subscription is renewing automatically every year, your yearly subscription fee will continue at the same amount, even if BPN raises subscription fees later. However if your subscription expires for any reason, and you decide to subscribe again, you will need to subscribe at current rates. See the FAQ for Purchasing a Community Subscription for more information.