About Announcements and Events

Who Can Post Announcements & Events?

Parent Subscribers

About Posting Announcements & Events

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Who can post announcements or events?

Only BPN Community Subscribers who have a profile page* on BPN can post announcements and events. 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.  For information about how to subscribe, see About BPN Community Subscribers.

* There are some exceptions. See Posting Announcements Without a Profile Page


What types of postings are accepted in Announcements & Events?

Announcements:

The Announcements listing is for general announcements about ongoing activities and services specifically for parents, children, or families. BPN doesn't accept announcements about other types of services or activities.

  1. Summer & 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 & Tutors
    • In-person classes only (online classes & lessons 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, coaching, and advising are not accepted

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

  5. Preschools & Daycares with Current Openings
    • Daycares, preschools, and childcare centers with immediate openings.  (Note upcoming admissions events such as tours and informational sessions should be posted as Events - see below.)

  6. Schools with Current Openings
    • K-12 schools  with immediate openings.  (Note upcoming admissions events such as tours and informational sessions should be posted as Events - see below.)

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

    • Community subscribers can post about jobs that are available at their school, camp, organization, or childcare facility. Note: BPN does not accept job offers about multi-level marketing opportunities or job announcements from recruiters.
    • Nonprofits can post volunteer opportunities for kids, teens, and parents.

Events:

The Events listing is for one-time events and activities. Please do not post ongoing activities such as classes and workshops 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, preschool, camp, or classes


What types of postings are NOT accepted? 

BPN does not accept the following types of events or announcements:

  1. Adult-targeted announcements & events that are not specifically for parents, such as fundraisers, gallery openings, political rallies, and the like.

  2. Services, programs, or activities that do not specifically target children, parents, or families such as rental agencies, restaurants, housekeepers, contractors, and similar. Note: "kid-friendly" events and performances are accepted.

  3. Political calls to action such as "Call your school board member about this important topic!"  are beyond the scope of BPN.  There are many other online resources where you can participate in discussions like this.

  4. Members-only events and classes that are available only to your members or your school community.

  5. Online events such as webinars or online tutoring, advising, or instruction. All events must be in-person events. 

  6. Posting on behalf of some other person or organization. Postings must describe services offered by the person who subscribed. 

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 like, as long as your posts are within the following guidelines:  

  • Announcements remain published on the website for 30 days.  Up to three announcements can be published at the same time from the same subscriber as long as they have different Announcement Types.  For example, you can submit posts about your summer camp and your fall classes at the same time, but you cannot submit more than one post about classes in the same 30-day period.  Instead combine all your classes into one post.

  • Events remain published on the website until the event's date has passed. Each event post can have up to three different dates, for example school tours scheduled on different days. Up to two event postings (each with up to three dates) can be active at the same time.  If your event has more than 3 dates, please submit a new event once the previous one has expired. Note the weekly Announcements newsletter includes only events that are coming up in the next 10 days, but all your approved events appear on the website.

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 purchase a subscription, which 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 school

If you are a parent in charge of publicizing events for a public school or public charter school, you can create a BPN Community Subscription for your school - it's free for public schools - and then post events and announcements for the school. See How can I subscribe for my child's public school?  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.


I'm a parent who runs a group for other parents

Parent-run not-for-profit groups such as moms' clubs and parent support groups may subscribe as a free nonprofit and post announcements, even if dues are charged, as long as the group is organized and run by parent volunteers and no one is being paid.  Note that if parents are charged a fee to attend your group, you must subscribe as a business or as a fee-based nonprofit.


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 fundraising announcements:

  • Fundraisers targeted to adults only that are 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

When is the newsletter mailed?

  • The Announcements newsletter is emailed on Friday, occasionally or Saturday.  It contains (1) all new announcements posted during the past 10 days, and (2) all events that are coming up in the next 10 days.

  • The Parents of Teens newsletter is emailed on Monday to parents who have teens, preteens and young adults.  If you check the box "Include in Parents of Teens Newsletter?" on your post, it will be included in the Parents of Teens newsletter in addition to the Announcements newsletter. Please check this box only if your post is relevant for parents of teenagers and young adults. 

What is the deadline for the newsletter?

The newsletter is mailed on Friday. As a general rule, post early in the week (Monday or Tuesday) to make this Friday's newsletter.  All posts are reviewed by the moderator before being published.  She reviews new posts every few days, but as it's a volunteer job, real life can interfere and she may not get to posts as often as she'd like, so we ask that you allow up to 7 days for your post to be reviewed.

The moderator always catches up on all pending posts on Friday, just before mailing the newsletter. Therefore, posting by Thursday will ensure that your post is reviewed before the newsletter is mailed. However, your post might not be accepted. If the moderator rejects your post or needs to return it to you for editing, you might not have time to submit a new post before the Thursday deadline. Therefore we recommend posting early in the week. 

  • Announcements: Post your announcement no later than Thursday evening if you want it to be included in this week's Announcements newsletter. If you want your post to go out next week, wait until you receive the newsletter on Friday and then post.

  • Events: You can post future events at any time. Events are published immediately after being approved in the Events Listing. If you are posting about an event for the coming week, be sure to post by Thursday (or preferably earlier) to get it into this week's newsletter.  Events do not appear in the newsletter until the event date is within 10 days of the newsletter's mail date. Therefore if you have posted an event that is more than 10 days in the future, your event will be on the website, but will not appear in the newsletter until the week before the event. Check the Events listing or your account page to confirm whether your post about a future event has been published on the website.

  • Parents of Teens, Preteens, and Young Adults: Post your announcement or event by Thursday. The Teens newsletter is mailed on Monday, but all posts are reviewed by the Announcements moderator, who catches up pending posts on Friday but may not review posts again until Tuesday or Wednesday. This means that if you post something on the weekend for teens, your post may not make it into the following Monday's Teens newsletter.

Hints for posting a good announcement

  1. Make your title informative. The newsletter displays only the title of your post along with the city.  Parents click the title to read your full post. So your title needs to have enough information that people will click it to read more. The name of your school or business is automatically included in the title, so don't re-type it. Your city will also be displayed. But do include brief location and age information as well as specifics about the type of program. Example: "Windsurfing camp at Lake Merritt for high school girls July-August" 

  2. Include the most important information in the first two sentences of your message.  On the website, your post will appear in a listing such as "Summer and Holiday Camps" but your full post will not be displayed. Only the title and the first few lines ("teaser") are displayed in the listing. To read the full post, parents will click the title, so your first few lines need to be attention-grabbing, with essential information about locality, ages, dates, and the type of program it is. Look at other posts in the listing to get an idea of what people post.

  3. Targeting teens and preteens? If your program targets ages 12-18, be sure to check the box "Include in Teens." This will include your post in the weekly Parents of Teens newsletter in addition to the Announcements newsletter. See above for deadlines.


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.  This name will be automatically included at the beginning of the title on your post. See also: Posting Announcements Without a Profile Page

  2. Announcement Title:  Type in a title (see above for hints).  Don't include the name of your school or business again, or your city, since these will be automatically included.

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

  4. City: Choose the city you're located in. If you have multiple sites, scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the more general areas such as "East Bay Area."

  5. 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.

  6. Include in Parents of Teens Newsletter? Check this box if your post is relevant for parents with teens, pre-teens, or young adults.  Your post will then be included in the weekly Teens newsletter in addition to the regular Announcements newsletter.

  7. 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, the 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.

  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. See deadines above.


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.  This will appear at the beginning of the title on your post. See also: Posting Announcements Without a Profile Page

  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. Include in Parents of Teens Newsletter? Check this box if your event is relevant for parents with teens, pre-teens, or young adults.  Your post will then be included in the weekly Teens newsletter in addition to the regular Announcements newsletter.

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

  6. City Where Event Takes Place: Check the city where the event takes place. If you have multiple sites, scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the more general areas such as "East Bay Area."

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.