You know and love today’s PAMP as a vibrant community of families across the peninsula connected by an active online community and amazing in-person classes and events. This volunteer-led, non-profit organization also has a small but essential team of part-time staff to keep operations running smoothly.
But it didn’t always look this way.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1991, several moms from the Menlo Park and Palo Alto area came together to form a mother’s club. Back in those days, connecting with other parents was a very different experience -- no smartphones, text messaging or social media. Moms formed clubs to meet other moms and organize playdates for their young children.
And so PAMP was born. Founders Trish BoBorff, Kathryn Hall, Nancy Hosay, Kathy Mlinarich and Mary Pless, along with 38 members, officially formed a community dedicated to supporting each other along the journey of parenting. In 1991, the club was known as the Mother’s Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
To get the word out, members would post flyers around town to alert others of upcoming playdates and parties.
In 2002, the club wanted to be sure the name reflected inclusivity of the whole family -- not just moms. The Mother’s Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park was renamed The Parent’s Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP).
As the area grew, so did the club. By 2003, PAMP grew to over 1,800 member families. To support the growing organization, a Board of Directors was established to oversee club operations, and PAMP officially became a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status.
With the changing times came changing technology. The club started using Yahoo! Groups as an organizing tool. The club continued to grow, and by 2008 it was so large that staff positions were added to support operational efficiency.
As the club continued to evolve, new elements such as large organized events and small weekly classes were added to the club offerings. To accommodate these changes and to embrace the newest technology, in 2009 PAMP transitioned off of Yahoo! and onto Big Tent. This change allowed PAMP to expand the offering of club gatherings.
Today, PAMP offers a wide range of events and classes throughout the year.
The success of PAMP’s newly launched in-home playdates has nicely complemented the existing drop-in Blanket Babies, Crawlers and Toddler Time events. Other new family activities include Farm Day (featuring train rides, pony rides and more), Jump events (with bounce houses for every age kid) and Family Move & Pizza night. PAMP has also recently transitioned off of Big Tent to a new online platform that enables members to get all the latest PAMP information from the public website and the membership site in one place.
The club has done a lot in 25 years. Here’s to looking forward to the next chapter in PAMP history!