FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is an Afrocentric playgroup?


First, a “playgroup” is a space set up like a preschool, but with parent/caregiver participants. Afro-Play provides adult/child activities based in Afrocentrisim. Both a culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate play space for parent/caregiver & child.




Are you currently meeting in person for playgroup?


Due to Covid-19 and SIP orders; we are currently not meeting in person. However, we have weekly pre-recorded virtual circles, posted every Tuesday on YouTube & Facebook. Each virtual circle includes song, book readings, an at-home art activity, special guests and more. Each month we distribute free Afro-Play Art project bags which include art supplies for virtual circles of the current month.




Is Afro-Play only for children ages 0-5 years?


“Playgroup” is for 0-5yr olds. Homeschooled 6yr olds can participate by special request. Special events/workshops are usually for all ages unless otherwise specified. Afro-Play’s intent is to serve the whole family, from the Babies to the Elders.




Is Afro-Play a Pre-school?


No. Afro-Play is a Playgroup. A space set up like preschool but where parents/caregivers must also participate. It’s FUN! (see #1 above)




Does Afro-Play offer childcare?


No. Afro-Play is a Playgroup. A space set up like a preschool but where parents/caregivers must also participate. It’s FUN! (see #1 above)




How can I find out more about Afro-Play?


Two ways, you can Sign Up for our Newsletters or send us your Inquiry Here




I do not identify as Black, African American, or of the African diaspora, but I am an adoptee or caregiver to a black child/children; can we join the program?


Yes, Afro-Play is ultimately a space for black children to be around, experience and engage in culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate activities. We are also a community of support with peer-to-peer resource sharing.




My child does not identify as Black, African American, or of the African diaspora is this place for me?


No. Afro-Play is an affinity space for families/children under the African Diaspora. We’d be happy to refer you to multicultural playgroups. (Please see #6 above.)




How can I collaborate or partner with Afro-Play?


Please refer to our Partners Page where you can fill out your inquiry/request for collaboration.




How can I find out more about Afro-Play?


Two ways, you can Sign Up for our Newsletters or send us your Inquiry Here




How much does an art bag cost?


Afro-Play art bags are typically free, unless otherwise stated. However, donations are always appreciated to keep the bags going & given away to children for Free. Our art bag expense is about $300.00/month for 60 bag giveaways per month, which are given away twice a month. This expense does not include our time to curate, prepare and distribute the bags. Thank you for your support.




How much does it cost to participate in Afro-Play program?


Afro-Play is Free to participate unless stated otherwise.




Do you accept used toy/clothes donations?


We are currently not accepting used toy/clothing donations at the moment. However, we can accept packaged/brand new items to be given as a “gift giveaway” to our families.




How can we donate to Afro-Play Oakland?


a. GoFundMe Campaign Here b. You can Email us here for additional inquiry or assistance with your donation. c. Packaged/Brand new items to be given as a “gift giveaway” to our families. d. Your time (in-kind donation). If you would like to partner with us for a workshop/event for our families to attend or offer other Services of support to our program; Go to Partners Page and fill out the inquiry. e. Packaged healthy snacks to give away during our bag distributions. Eventually, snacks for in-person playgroup; which can be fresh produce or packaged/boxed dry snacks. f. Virtual circle time contribution. Short story, Art demo, Dance, Song, Poem, Science experiment, etc. Email us here g. Cooked/Catered food for workshop/event. Go to Partners Page and fill out the inquiry form or Email us here! All donations are tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center. Thank you for your support.





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