Connecting with other parents online has become more important than ever. Working from home, social distancing and homeschooling can be isolating and overwhelming, so we’ve found over a dozen Facebook groups you can join to reach out and connect with other parents in the Bay Area. Read on to find that support, shared knowledge and camaraderie are just a few clicks away in a local online group for parents.

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Bay Area Mommy Group
This robust group is for local mothers to mingle and meet, share events, plan fun activities and places to visit with little ones in the beautiful Bay Area.

Main Street Mamas: San Francisco
Over 14k moms are members of this group. The goal for the group is to create and promote a supportive parenting community, on screen and in real life. Members must be residents of San Francisco. 

Main Street Mamas: Peninsula & Silicon Valley
Main Street Mamas is the social and community arm of Sensible Sitters. This arm of the group is for mothers living in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties. There is also a Marin branch of MSM.

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Outdoor Families of San Francisco Bay Area
This is a community of Northern California families who enjoy being connected to the outdoors as well as other like-minded families. If you enjoy the outdoors (hiking, backpacking, climbing, biking, kayaking, SUP, beach activities, camping, glamping or anything outdoors) and are interested in actively participating in discussions to learn and share, please join. 

{510} Families Group for East Bay Parents
This group is for parents in the {510} area code: Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Piedmont, El Cerrito, Albany, Fremont, Hayward and Richmond. It is focused on fun activities and local resources. 

San Francisco Parents of Multiples
The San Francisco Parents of Multiples Club is a non-profit organization formed to offer support to parents and expectant parents of multiples.

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SF Dads Group
Meet other San Francisco Bay Area dads! Stay-at-home dads, working dads, part-time at home dads, work from home dads, freelance dads, and involved fathers in and around the SF Bay Area are invited to socialize and interact with other guys who enjoy spending quality time with their kids.

PAMP Parents Group
PAMP is the super active Palo Alto Menlo Park Parents Group and this Facebook group is for members only. Here you can discuss group meet-ups, community events and more. 

Mommies of Marin (M.O.M)
This group of over 1k members supports mothers who live in Marin County. 

Bay Area Dads
Head to this group if you are a dad in the Bay Area looking to network with and meet other dads. 

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Bay Area Special Needs Parents Group
This group is for parents in the Bay Area who have special need kids. They share local resources, tips, product recommendations and support. 

Autism Families Bay Area 
The purpose of this site is to keep families in the San Francisco Bay Area informed about fun, engaging artistic or recreational events that cater to individuals with special needs, especially those whose disability or behaviors may otherwise make "typical" events difficult or impossible to attend.

Hike it Baby San Jose
Hike it Baby is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting families to nature with birth to school age children. This group meets up for hikes near San Jose. 

—Kate Loweth

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