Community bulletin boards, schools, parent-oriented social groups and word-of-mouth introductions are all ways to find a local playgroup. Mommy Bites explains that most parent support groups have some connection to a child playgroup as well.
According to Dr. Gina Lamb of Mommy Bites, finding a local playgroup is an unnecessarily overwhelming task for many new parents. Parent support groups can be easier to find than playgroups, since many playgroups do not advertise openly. Another option is to consult the child's pediatrician and ask for local recommendations. Mommy and Me classes, such as Music Together, are also a popular way to meet other parents and set up play dates between two children or a larger group.
Organizations like the Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts provide safe, positive environments for parents and children to engage with others in their community. Mommy Bites also notes that Montessori schools and other educational institutions tend to offer workshops, playgroups and other activities for local parents and children. Another option is to investigate a local community center for information on the various child-oriented workshops and activities that are available in most areas. Playgroups may not always be advertised, but asking around for information and attending child-friendly events often results in new connections and leads.