Mom Groups & Childcare in SLOBecoming a new mom or coming from a different city can be exciting and a little nerve wrecking at the same time. Knowing the experience first hand, here are some resources you can check out to find other moms to relate to or find a place for your child to thrive.
Childcare & Preschools Programs
Cooperative Preschool - COOP
Play and Learn Preschool
YMCA Preschool South County (must be YMCA member)
Child Development Resource Center (CDRC) of Central Coast
Saplings Waldorf Inspired Outdoor Enrichment Program
Head Start of California State Preschool
Orfalea Family and Asi Children's Center
United Methodist Children's Center (UMCC) Preschool
Parent Participation Program under SLO
Parent Participation Program under Lucia Mar District (Cancelled)
Tiny Tots Enrichment Program (Grover Beach)
Mommy & Me type classes (usually free) run by San Luis Obispo County
First 5 School Readiness Center
There are also First 5 programs, like parent & me type classes for babies and toddlers at the First 5 readiness program sites. These readiness programs are free and are for any family of any income level as they are run by School Districts. Operating during the school year, the one located in Oceano, California has storytimes and activities at 9AM on Tuesday and Thursdays! They also have weekly gardening for the little ones and their guardians. First 5 Readiness Program address: 1506 19th St, Oceano, CA 93445
Little Rangers Program
At the Oceano Dunes Visitors Center near the beach, Pismo State Beach rangers also organize a free Little Rangers Program for ages 2 - 6 years old through out the year! See the event list page to see the upcoming date for the next one.
Oceano Dunes Visitors Center is located at 555 Pier Ave., Oceano, CA 93445
San Luis Obispo Recreation
You can go on the San Luis Obispo County Recreation & Community website to find local community resources and free things to do as a family.
Pismo Beach Recreation
Every year the Pismo Beach Recreation plans events throughout the seasons. You can also find local community classes for kids and adults, as well as upcoming fun events like Easter egg hunts through them. See the family-friendly things to do page to see all upcoming events.
Grover Beach Recreation
See Grover Beach Recreation Programs to find affordable local community classes like Tiny Tots (preschool type program for ages 2.5 - 5 years old), kids and adults and local upcoming events. They are usually held at the Grover Beach Community Center.
They also host an annual Mother & Son event in May (this particular event is not free)! See if this Mother & Son event is under the list of upcoming events.
See Oceano Community Center to find recreation programs and Parent Participation programs for South County of SLO.
Oceano Community Center is where the Parent Participation classes are held at for the South County part of SLO County.
Other Mommy & Me Classes
Five Cities Swimming School
KT's All Star Gymnastics
Performance Athletics Gymnastics
Go Mommy Fitness through Kennedy Clubs
Cali Kids Fitness
Central Coast Gymnastics
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Mom Groups in San Luis Obispo
SLO Moms Facebook Group
MOMS Club® of San Luis Obispo, CA
A MOMS Club organizes enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you most need the support. It is a great way to meet other mothers who share your interests and concerns. They have monthly meetings with interesting speakers and discussion topics, regular park playdays, special "Moms Night Out" events, holiday activities, and community service projects. Find a MOMS Club chapter close to your home. I find that sometimes local chapters disappear after awhile so the best way to find a current local chapter closest to you is using the find a chapter link above.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
MOPS is a national moms organization that has local chapters all over the US. Just in the San Luis Obispo county, there are 2 local chapters (may grow or shrink depending on the year)! They usually have 2 meetings a month and are held at local churches. To see one that's located closest to you, go to: MOPS Group Search or to save time, you can see details on all four MOPS locations and see which one works for you.
Mom to Mom Group at Grace Bible Church
Located in Arroyo Grande, moms meet every Wednesday during the school year from 9:30AM - 11:30AM. There's a fee to join this group or scholarships are available. Childcare is also available as well. Wednesday mornings for Mom to Mom gives you an outlet adult conversation, coffee and a potluck style breakfast, prayers, laughter, tears, and encouragement. All moms are welcome - foster moms, pregnant moms, toddler moms, preschool moms, elementary moms, moms of teenagers, and empty nest moms. Mom to Mom takes place every Wednesday, September through May, from 9:30-11:30 AM. Website info for Mom to Mom group in Arroyo Grande. Address: 100 Rodeo Drive Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Stroller Strides Mom's Exercise Group
Run by Fit4Mom, there are currently three locations in SLO county where you can join this exercise group with your kids in their strollers. Two of them are in Atascadero and one is in San Luis Obispo. The work outs all take place at a park so it ends up like a playgroup after your 1 hour work out. The mommies get to exercise and then let the kids have some playground fun! See more details on Stroller Strides locations.