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Who can post announcements or events?

These Community Subscribers can post an announcement or event:

  • Schools, preschools, childcare facilities, camps, classes
  • Businesses and organizations that provide services to kids or parents

These subscribers cannot post to Events or Announcements:

If you would like to upgrade your subscription so you can post announcements and events, click here.


Why can't parents post announcements?

Announcements and events are accepted only from Community Subscribers, not from parents. This is a change from BPN's policy prior to 2016.  Why we made this change: In order for BPN to become self-sustaining, and keep subscriptions free for parents, we need schools and businesses to pitch in by paying to subscribe, which, among other benefits, allows them to publicize their events and services on the BPN website. If parents can post announcements for them, there is less incentive for them to purchase a subscription.


I'm a parent in charge of publicity for my child's public school

If you are a parent in charge of publicizing events for a public school, you can create a separate BPN Community Subscription for your school or organization and post events and announcements for them.  Public schools and some some non-profits can subscribe for free. See How can I subscribe for my child's public school?  for instructions.  Private schools, camps and classes, whether non-profit or for-profit, must subscribe to BPN themselves to post announcements because they are required to purchase a subscription.


How often can I post?

When you subscribe to BPN, your subscription lasts for one year, during which time you can post as many times as you want to, as long as your posts are within the following guidelines.  Note the Announcements and Events listings on our website are publicly available, not just to BPN subscribers.

Announcements:

  • Your announcement remains published on the website for 30 days unless you decide to unpublish it earlier
  • New announcements (posted in the past 10 days) also appear in the weekly newsletter that is mailed to all subscribers
  • Only one announcement about the same activity can be published at a time
  • You can have up to 3 announcements published at the same time (must describe different activities)

Events:

  • Events remain published on the website until the event's date has passed unless you unpublish your event sooner
  • Events for the next 10 days also appear in the weekly newsletter that is mailed to all subscribers
  • Up to 3 different dates can be included on each event
  • Up to 3 event postings can be published at one time (must describe different activities)

What types of postings are accepted in Announcements & Events?

Announcements:

The Announcements listing is for general announcements about ongoing events and services:

  1. Summer Camps & Holiday Camps
    • All types of summer camps and camps for school holidays
    • Examples: day camps, sleepaway camps, travel opportunities for teens

  2. Kids' Classes, Groups & Teams
    • In-person classes only (online classes are not accepted)
    • Examples: music classes, sports teams, choruses, social skills groups, playgroups

  3. Parent Education & Support
    • Workshops, classes, support groups, lectures, presentations for parents
    • Must be specifically for parents, moms, or dads
    • In-person only; online classes are not accepted

  4. Other Services Offered for Families & Children
    • Services that you offer specifically for parents or children that are not classes, camps, schools, etc.
    • Examples: therapy, tutoring, doulas, midwives, medical services, legal & financial services

  5. Public Service Announcements
    • Announcements from non-profits and government agencies about safety, health, education, and similar topics of interest to parents.

  6. Schools, Preschools & Daycares with Openings
    • K-12 schools, preschools, and daycares with immediate openings.  Admissions events such as tours and informational sessions should not be posted here. Instead post to Events.

  7. Researchers & Authors Seeking Parents/Kids
    • See Research Queries on BPN for more information about who can post research queries
    • Your query must specifically target parents or children
    • Examples: university researchers, public media, magazine articles, focus groups, marketing surveys

    • Jobs at your school, camp, organization, or childcare facility
    • Jobs suitable for parents, especially part-time or flexible hours
    • No multi-level marketing job opportunities
    • No recruiters
 

Events:

The Events listing is for one-time events and activities. Please do not post ongoing events such as classes to the Events listing. Your event will appear on the BPN website as soon as it is approved, and will be included in the weekly Announcements newsletter the week before the event date.

  1. Kid-Friendly Events & Outings
    • One-time events for kids or families (not ongoing events such as classes)
    • Events must be open to the public (not members only)
    • Examples: festivals, concerts, performances, street fairs, school fairs

  2. Info Sessions/Tours/Open Houses for schools, preschools, camps, classes
    • Events for parents to learn about your school, camps, class, etc. (Current openings at your school should instead be posted to Announcements.)
    • Examples: tour dates, open houses, and informational presentations about your school, camp, or classes


What types of postings are NOT accepted? 

BPN does not accept these types of events or announcements:

  • Announcements & events about adult activities that are not specifically for parents, such as art gallery openings, fundraisers, and political rallies.
  • Events and classes that are available only to your members or to those enrolled in your program.
  • Online events, classes, or workshops. All events must be in-person events. BPN doesn't accept posts about online tutoring, web seminars, online fundraising, lessons on skype or youtube. 
  • Posts on behalf of some other person, business or organization. Postings must describe services offered by the person who subscribed, not services offered by friends or colleagues.

Announcements about fundraising events

BPN accepts postings from schools and nonprofits about these types of fundraising events:

  1. Kid-friendly events such as carnivals and performances (post to Events)
  2. Parent education events such as lectures and films (post to Announcements)

We do not accept these types of announcements:

  • Fundraisers targeted to adults only, but not parenting-related, such as auctions, concerts, and dinner parties
  • Fundraisers for individuals, medical conditions, political events, or any other topic not related to parenting
  • Online fundraising events

I want to post a job, volunteer opportunity, or public interest item but I'm not eligible to post an announcement

If you subscribe to BPN as a parent, and you aren't eligible to post to Announcements, we can post it for you if it meets our policy. Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of any web page.  Send us a short plain-text message (no photos or attachments) and include a contact name and email/phone.  


Are announcements sent out in a newsletter?

Yes. The weekly Announcements newsletter is emailed to all BPN subscribers usually on Saturday.  It contains:

  • New announcements posted during the past 10 days
  • Events for the next 10 days
  • Highlights from the Message Boards (Marketplace, Childcare, Tutors)
  • Welcome to new subscribers

If you want to make sure your post is included in this week's newsletter, post before Friday.  The Announcements moderator reviews all pending posts prior to sending out the newsletter.


How to Post an Announcement

Click 'Post a Message' in the main navigation bar on any page or on your account page. Then click Post an Announcement. If you don't see this button, you are either not logged in, or you do not have access to post announcements & events.

  1. Your Profile Page on BPN:  Begin typing the name of your school, organization or business (the name at the top of your profile page), and choose its name from the list that appears.  You can link to more than one profile page if you manage multiple sites. This will appear at the beginning of the title on your post.

  2. Announcement Title:  Type in a few words about the announcement.  Don't include the name of your school or business again, since it will be automatically included.

  3. Announcement Type:  Choose the type of announcement you want to post.

  4. Ages:  Check the ages your announcement is appropriate for. For example, if you are announcing openings in your daycare and you accept ages 0-5 years, check Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers.

  5. Body: Type your message into the box. If you plan to copy-paste the text from another document, first click "Disable rich text" under the box and then paste in the copied text.  Otherwise, formatting from the original document will be included in your message, including fonts and spacing that the BPN website doesn't support. Only plain text is supported, along with a few formatting tools. Use the icons in the bar at the top of the message window to format your message:
    • B = Boldface.  Select text that you want to be boldface and click this
    • I  = Italics.  Select text that you want to be italicized and click this
    • Bullet or numbered list.  Click on a line of text and then click this to put a bullet or number in front of the line. Click it again to remove the bullet.
    • Indent.   Click on a line of text and then click left arrow or right arrow to indent it or remove indentation.
    • Link to a website. (Looks like a carabiner) Select a line of text and click the carbiner icon. Type the URL (web address) you want to link to into the pop-up window and then click OK to create a link to a website.

  6. Contact:  You must provide a contact name along with either an email address or phone number.

  7. Preview: Click the Preview button at the bottom.  Review your post. If you make any changes, click Preview again.  If your post is OK, click Submit for Review.

It may take a couple of days for the moderator to review your post. All pending posts are reviewed before the Announcements newsletter is mailed.


How to Post an Event

Click 'Post a Message' in the main navigation bar on any page or on your account page. Then click Post an Event.  If you don't see this button, you are either not logged in, or you do not have access to post announcements & events.

  1. Your Profile Page on BPN:  Begin typing the name of your school, organization or business (the name at the top of your profile page), and choose its name from the list that appears.  You can link to more than one profile page if you manage multiple sites. This will appear at the beginning of the title on your post.

  2. Event Title:  Type in a few words about the event.  Don't include the name of your school or business again, since it will be automatically included.

  3. Event Type:  Choose the type of event you want to post.

  4. Date & Time: Enter up to three dates for this event.

  5. City Where Event Takes Place: Check the city where the event takes place.

  6. Ages:  Check the ages your event is appropriate for. For example, if you are holding an open house for your high school, and both parents and students may attend, check Teens and Adults.

  7. Event Description: Type in a description of the event. If you plan to copy-paste the text from another document, first click "Disable rich text" under the box and then paste in the copied text.  Otherwise, formatting from the original document will be included in your message, including fonts and spacing that the BPN website doesn't support. Only plain text is supported, along with a few formatting tools. Use the icons in the bar at the top of the message window to format your message:
    • B = Boldface.  Select text that you want to be boldface and click this
    • I  = Italics.  Select text that you want to be italicized and click this
    • Bullet or numbered list.  Click on a line of text and then click this to put a bullet or number in front of the line. Click it again to remove the bullet.
    • Indent.   Click on a line of text and then click left arrow or right arrow to indent it or remove indentation.
    • Link to a website. (Looks like a carabiner) Select a line of text and click this. Type the URL (web address) into the pop-up window and then click OK to create a link to a website.

  8. Contact:  You must provide a contact name along with either an email address or phone number.

  9. Preview: Click the Preview button at the bottom.  Review your post. If you make any changes, click Preview again.  If your post is OK, click Submit for Review.

It may take a couple of days for the moderator to review your post. All pending posts are reviewed before the Announcements newsletter is mailed.


How to edit or delete an announcement or event

If you want to edit your post, you'll need to unpublish it and then post a new one.  To delete a post, just unpublish it.  Go to your account page to view all your posts and their status.  See How to View Your Account on BPN for instructions.