Subscribing as a Class, Camp, Group or Team

 • ​Subscribe to BPN as a class/camp
 • ​View a list of classes, camps & other groups that subscribe to BPN 

Special Cases

Why should I subscribe my camp or class to BPN?

Berkeley Parents Network is a trusted nonprofit for parents in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1993, BPN was one of the earliest online networks for parents for sharing advice and recommendations with each other. BPN has grown by word of mouth to today's 35,000 parent subscribers, and our website is widely used for finding childcare, schools, camps, classes and other activities for children. Parents subscribe for free. We meet our expenses by charging a fee for community subscriptions, which allows local schools, organizations, and businesses to promote their programs on our website, and to be included in a weekly newsletter mailed to all subscribers.

What are the benefits of subscribing? 

  1. You can post announcements about openings in your programs, upcoming registrations, tours and open houses, kid-friendly events and activities such as carnivals and performances, and parent education events such as lectures. Your posts are public on the BPN website for 30 days in listings such as: Classes now enrolling ... Summer & holiday camps with openings .. . Parent workshops. New posts are included in the weekly Announcements newsletter, which is emailed to subscribers on Fridays, and, if you target teens and preteens, in Monday's Parents of Teens newsletter.  

  2. We'll create a profile page for your program if we don't already have one on our website, which you will be able to update. Your profile page contains a description of your program, contact information, and a link to your own website. Your current announcements and events are displayed on your profile page. Parents who subscribe to BPN can post reviews of you directly to your profile page. If you are recommended in response to a parent's request, these will also appear on your profile page.

  3. You will be included in the relevant category listings on our website, such as Music Camps ... Soccer ... Cooking ... Coding & Technology. Your program's name will be highlighted in our listings with a special 'B' icon to show that you are a BPN Community Subscriber.

  4. Your program will be included in our Classes & Camps Database, where parents can search hundreds of programs by city, ages, type of program, and activity type. 

For more information about BPN's demographics and reach, see "Is it worth it for me to purchase a subscription?"


 What programs are eligible to subscribe?

You can subscribe to BPN if you meet both of these conditions:

  • Your program is either for children up to age 18 or specifically for parents or expectant parents.
  • You are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, or you are a sleepaway camp, summer travel program, or other residency program that recruits Bay Area children.

Online programs: Normally BPN does not accept posts about online classes. However as of 2020 we are accepting posts about online classes from businesses that are otherwise eligible to subscribe.  See below.

Note: If you offer only one-on-one instruction, see instead "Subscribing as a Tutor or Teacher"


How much does it cost?

Subscription fees are based on the type of program you operate and the maximum number of participants you can accommodate at once. Some programs are free. Nonprofits pay the same fees as for-profits except as noted below.

Free to subscribe:

  • Classes, camps & groups that are operated and staffed by employees of a city, county, or school district
  • Nonprofit classes, camps & other groups that are free at all times for all participants
  • Nonprofit teams and clubs that are free or low-cost and are run by parent volunteers, such as scouting and some sports teams (see below).
  • Volunteer-run support groups for parents
  • Cultural or religious groups that meet infrequently (see below)

$250 per year:

  • Overnight camps, travel programs, and other residency programs
  • Counseling, advising, and therapeutic programs 
  • Online classes and workshops that do not have a published maximum enrollment (see below).

All Others:


How do I subscribe?

Click 'subscribe' at the top of the BPN website, or if you are already a BPN subscriber, go directly to the Subscribe page.

 


Programs operated by nonprofits

If your camps or classes are free for all participants, and you are a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, then you may subscribe as a free nonprofit. However if you charge participants a fee or dues, then you must pay the same subscription rate as all other camps and classes -- see How much does it cost? 


Volunteer-run sports teams, clubs and groups

Parent-run groups such as sports teams, scouts, 4-H clubs, and hobby clubs may be eligible to subscribe for no cost or for a reduced fee:

  1. Free to subscribe if the team or group is entirely organized and run by parent volunteers, it is free or low cost to join,  and there are no paid staff, directors, facilitators, or coaches. 

  2. Reduced subscription fee ($50) if the team or group has 501(c)(3) status, is organized or run by volunteers, but charges a fee to participate and/or pays stipends to coaches. 

All other sports teams must purchase a subscription based on their capacity. See How much does it cost? above.


Nonprofit cultural or religious classes and groups

Classes that meet only a few hours a week in order to serve children of a particular cultural or religious background may be eligible for a reduced subscription fee. Typically these programs charge tuition by the semester or the year, and operate only on weekends or after school. Please Contact us to find out whether your program qualifies for a reduced fee.


Programs operated by a city or school district 

City-run and school district run programs may subscribe to BPN for free.  However, to qualify for a free subscription, the camp or class must be operated and staffed entirely by employees of the city or school district.  This means that if you teach a class in a city park or public/charter school, you must still purchase a subscription that is based on your capacity unless you are an employee of the city or school district that is hosting the class. 

Foundations and other non-profits that are associated with a particular school district are not considered to be a public school because their funding does not come from state and federal taxes, so these nonprofits must subscribe at the same levels as other nonprofit camps and classes. 


Online classes and workshops

As a result of the Covid pandemic, BPN is currently accepting announcements about online classes that are otherwise eligible to subscribe. Since enrollment in online classes is not limited by the constraints of a physical site, BPN computes subscription fees as follows:  If you publish a maximum number of participants for each session, your fee is based on the maximum you can concurrently accommodate at any one time (view subscription fee levels.) If your classes do not have a maximum enrollment, your fee is $250 per year.