About the BPN Newsletters

Questions about BPN Newsletters

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FAQs for Newsletters

What are the BPN newsletters?

BPN has been mailing weekly email newsletters since 1993. In 2016 we transitioned to this website, and all newsletters are now a weekly summary of new posts.  All active posts can be viewed on the website -- check the "Listings & Postings" link in the main menu above.  

BPN Newsletter Mailed on Who Can Post Who Can Read Posts
Announcements Friday schools & businesses only all subscribers
Childcare Sunday parents & nannies only parents & nannies only
Marketplace Friday all subscribers all subscribers
Parent Q&A Wednesday parents only all subscribers *
Teens, Preteens & Young Adults Monday parents only all subscribers *

* Some individual posts are "parents only" such as meet-ups, ride shares, and reviews of private individuals.


What is the deadline for posting?

The deadline for posting is 24 hours before the newsletter will be mailed (see days above), so get your post in no later than the day before, in the morning.  However, keep in mind that all posts must be approved by the moderator first, so to be on the safe side, post 4-5 days earlier so there is enough time for you to make corrections if the moderator returns your post.


How do I subscribe to or unsubscribe from the newsletters?

Login to the BPN website and go to your account page by clicking "my account" in the upper right corner. Click the tab that says "Edit my account."  Scroll down until you see the section called "BPN Newsletters."  Check each newsletter you want to subscribe to, or uncheck the ones you don't want to receive.


I am unable to subscribe to the newsletters

If you are trying to subscribe to newsletters on your account page, and currently none of the newsletters are checked, you might get an error "There was a problem with your newsletter signup."  when you try to change your settings.  This might have happened if you clicked MailChimp's Unsubscribe link on a BPN newsletter you received in the past, or it might just be an error condition.   Please contact us and we'll give you instructions about how to sign up again for BPN newsletters. 


How do I post to the newsletters?

Click "Post a Message" either in the main menu or on your account page. You will be taken to a page that displays the listings that you have access to post to. Note that not all subscribers can post to all newsletters.  See Why can't I post to all the newsletters?


Why isn't my post in the newsletter?

First, check the status of your post on your account page to confirm when you posted and whether your post was approved.  (Click 'my account' in the upper right corner of the BPN website to go to your account page.)  Don't see your post on your account page?  That means your post was not submitted to BPN and you need to submit it again.

Here are some of the reasons why your post might not be in the current newsletter:

  1. You posted more than 7 days ago. The newsletters are a summary of the most recent posts only (past 7 days), not all the posts that are currently active on the website. See Listings & Postings in the main menu to view all active posts.
  2. You posted about an event is more than 10 days in the future. The Announcements newsletter contains only events coming up in the next 10 days.
  3. Your post was not approved by the moderator. Check your account page for the reason. 
  4. You filled out the posting form but you did not complete the submission all the way to the "Save" button. Post again.

Why can't I post to all the newsletters?

Different subscribers have different access. Only parent subscribers can post a question or response to Parent Q&A (see Why only parents can post reviews and advice) .  Only parents can post to the parent sections of Childcare.  Only nannies and babysitters can post to the nanny sections of Childcare. Only tutors can post to the Tutor Listing. And only schools, classes, camps, businesses, and organizations can post to Announcements (see Why can't parents post announcements?   

See Where Can I Post? for details about which subscribers can post to which listings.


Why does it say "Access Denied" when I click on a link in the newsletter?

You can get the "Access Denied" error for a number of reasons:

  1.  You try to view a post that has been unpublished.  This happens frequently on Marketplace --  the original poster has sold the item and they unpublished their post so they don't get any more inquiries. 

  2. You don't have access to read the post because it is "parents only" and you are not subscribed as a parent. (See What are the BPN Newsletters above for which posts can only be viewed by parents.)

  3. You click a link in the newsletter to read a post that can only be viewed by subscribers, but you are not logged into the BPN website.  Posts in the Childcare and Marketplace newsletters, and "Parents Only" posts in Parent Q&A, can only be viewed by subscribers.  This is most likely to happen when you are viewing a newsletter on your phone. You're using your phone's email app to read the newsletter, and clicking a link in the newsletter brings up your phone's web browser app, but you aren't logged in to the BPN website on your phone.  Check your phone's settings or view the newsletter on a laptop or tablet.