Bring Play, Community and Support to SF Families - Recess Collective






Our Mission is to harness the power of community to promote healthy development through perinatal education, childhood play & community connection.


Recess Collective is an inclusive community centered space committed to supporting families from the time of pregnancy through the first four years by providing opportunities for perinatal education, play, creativity, support & connection.

By building a small, connected village, we can lighten the load.  
We aim to educate families on birthing options and postpartum support so that they can step confidently into parenthood. Then, we strive to address the intangible stumbling blocks of raising kids in an urban environment.  Authentic community support, reliable in-a-pinch caregiving options, access to vetted resources and a safe, clean space for play are all crucial to supporting parents. In this way, we provide a structure and support system for parenthood that starts at the beginning when parents need it most. 

Every dollar raised will ultimately go toward growing this incredible community hub, creating space for healthy child development, welcoming in families from all walks of life, and making the journey for parents and caregivers a joyful one.  We aim to provide a structure and support system for parenthood that starts at the beginning when parents need it most.


  • $5 a month will give a new mom a space to play and connect for 6 months, with a newborn membership.
  • $10 a month will allow us to provide a parent with subsidized weekly playgroup and play access.
  • $20 a month gives a group of at risk mothers monthly playdates to connect with one another and have a safe space for play.
  • $50 +/mo gives us an opportunity to gift families full memberships and birthday parties. 
    • Anyone who makes a donation of $25/mo or more will receive recognition on our founders wall with a 3x3 tile and an invitation to our Spring Festival!  All donations are tax deductible.

At Recess Collective we focus locally, on parents, caregivers and young children. We work to build the infrastructure necessary to support those during a challenging albeit joyful journey.  Support is provided by connecting families with one another, bringing in experts, working with local seniors to add multigenerational perspective and play, and bringing in creative folks to introduce music, art, and storytime to all of us.    

our ultimate vision

By creating a prototype of truly supportive and multigenerational community center, our vision is that every community will have a Recess Collective space to come together, share resources and live playful, healthy lives. 

As a nonprofit, we are thrilled to be able to take in tax deductible donations and apply for grants in order to offer subsidized memberships, increase playspace access to children with sensory sensitivities, and leverage community partnerships to broaden our reach.   

Together we can improve the lives of families with young children. Please consider a tax deductible donation, volunteering, and spreading the word about our efforts. 

As much fun as my kids had, you saved me when I was at my lowest... you gave me a place to see other parents (aka adults), a place I knew my kids would have fun and be safe, and a community which helped pull me through PPD, even if they didn’t know it. I wish you all the best in your next endeavor and look forward to hearing all about it. Thank you for being part of my SF village!!!

— -Christina

Without the infallible and incredible support of your staff and facilities, I would have never ever made it through my daughter’s infant stage. You affected this first time mom’s life in a way that could never be measured. Thank you and we look forward to recess collective.

— - Mary

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      Recess Collective is a fiscally sponsored project of Birth2Work, a 501(c)(3) organization with federal Tax ID 51-0137861. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by the law.

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      Catherine | $21.01

      April Japanese Storytime. Thank you Recess for all that you do for the community!

      Anonymous | $26.19

      Recess was our place to go 10 years ago. Need to keep it going for the future!