Policies for Announcements & Events


Who can post announcements or events?

Only BPN Community Subscribers 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.

What types of postings are accepted in Announcements & Events?


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, college advisors, math tutors

  3. Parent Classes, Workshops & Groups
    • 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: therapists, 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. K-12 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.


Your event will appear on the BPN website as soon as it is approved, and it will be included in the weekly Announcements newsletter the week before the event date. There are two types of events that we accept:

  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, 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 adults who are parents are not accepted. This includes activities such as adult drawing classes, workout classes, therapy groups, gallery openings, and political rallies. Announcements about activities and services must be targeted to parents, parents-to-be, families, or children.

  2. Fundraisers such as auctions or requests for cash donations. See the Fundraising Policy for details. Note: kid-friendly events such as school carnivals and performances open to the public 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 post about these activities, which are beyond the scope of BPN.

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

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

How often can I post?

  • Post a new announcement every 30 days.

Announcements remain published on the website for 30 days. Note your announcement appears in only one newsletter, the next one after you post.  Please do not post a new announcement until your existing post has expired. Up to three announcements can be published every 30 days as long as each one is about a different program or activity.  For example, you can submit a  post about your summer camp and a separate post about your fall classes. If you do have more than one program you want to publicize, we recommend spacing them out so they are not bunched together in one newsletter.

  • Post upcoming events as early as you like.

Events remain published on the website until the event's date has passed. Each event post can have up to three different dates, such as school tours scheduled on different days. Up to three 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 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. In order for BPN to be self-sustaining, and keep subscriptions free for parents, we need schools and businesses to purchase a subscription. 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 be eligible to 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.  See Volunteer-run parent support groups.