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PARENT CONNECTION PARENT COACHING SERVICES

WHAT IS A PARENT COACH?
Parent coaches are professionals with years of experience who listen with compassion to a parent’s concerns. We help you sort through conflicting advice and minimize information overload, while supporting proven, effective strategies to find clarity with your parenting.

Many of us grew up with parenting approaches that don’t fit with the parenting challenges of today. With our own children, we want to find a better way to parent. We know that parenting situations are often emotionally charged; coaching can help a parent find calm in the chaos and stay focused on what is most important, the parent-child relationship.

COACHING CONVERSATIONS ARE DESIGNED TO:

  • Create age-appropriate, brain-based strategies which address the child’s unique challenges.
  • Build parental strengths and draw on the parent’s inner wisdom.
  • Encourage self-care practices that can be woven into daily life.
  • Expand a parent’s self-awareness, confidence, and competence, with realist progress that leads to sustainable positive change.
  • Provide support so that more satisfaction, peace, and enjoyment is experienced.

Coaching is available to anyone in a parenting or caregiving role.
Coaching services are confidential and provided at no cost.

CONTACT US TO GET STARTED:
San Luis Obispo and the Coast 805.543.3700
North County 805.904.1411
South County and Spanish County-Wide 805.462.7135

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Gwendolyn Garcia provides free and confidential parent coaching on the telephone and in person in San Luis Obispo.
She can be reached on the Parent Connection Resource Line at (805) 543-3700, or gwen@cfsslo.org

Bill Spencer provides free and confidential parent coaching on the telephone and in person at The LINK in Atascadero.
He can be reached by calling the Parent Connection HelpLine at (805) 904-1411, or b
spencer@sloparents.org

Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia provides free and confidential parent coaching on the telephone and in person in Arroyo Grande and Nipomo. (In Spanish)
She can be reached on the Parent Connection Coaching Line at (805) 462-7135

Bessy Hoffman provides fee and confidential parent coaching on the telephone and in person in North County.  She provides services in Spanish and can be reached on the Parent Connection Coaching Line at, (805) 712-5038.

Intercesoras para padres contestan sus preguntas por teléfono o si Ud. prefiere, puede hacer una cita para una charla en persona.  Ud. recibe sugerencias y consejos para solucionar lo que le preocupa o el problema que se le presenta con la disciplina.  También se le puede guiar a los recursos que se ofrecen a traves del Condado de San Luis Obispo.
Erica and Bessy le ofrece una consulta gratis y confidencial por teléfono o en persona.  Ud. puede llamarla a la linea de Intercesora Para Padres, (805) 462-7135 & (805) 712-5038.

Gwendolyn Garcia

Garcia graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Development and a minor in Psychology and also holds Associate Degrees in Early Child Development and Behavioral Sciences. Impressively, while completing her studies at Cal Poly, she received training through Active Parenting and Positive Discipline parent education curriculum.  She was a preschool teacher with Early Head Start at Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, where she worked with children ages infants to three years old. Previously, Gwen was a co-Teacher working with pre-schoolers at the County Office of Education in Paso Robles and Shandon.  Gwendolyn has lived in San Luis Obispo county for the majority of her life and loves the fact that she and her husband are raising their children here.  She is a mother, step-mother, and foster parent to a variety of ages from 6 to 18.  She loves to help parents recognize their strengths and build on what is good and working in the parent-child relationship.  Contact:  Gwen for free and confidential parent coaching on the telephone and in person in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached on the Parent Connection Resource Line at (805) 543-3700, or gwen@cfsslo.org.

BILL SPENCER

Bill SpencerBill has worked as a teacher, counselor and principal in the public schools for over 30 years. He is a Certified Positive Discipline Associate Trainer providing workshops for both teachers and parents. He works with schools throughout the state helping them develop safe school plans to create a more positive school climate. As a parent coach, Bill offers support and encouragement while helping individuals meet the demanding job of being a parent in today’s world. Bill’s hope is to assist parents through their journey of parenthood and help parents create a plan to meet the needs of both parent and child. Bill is married to a first grade teacher and they have two grown daughters.

Bill provides free and confidential parent coaching on the telephone and in person at The LINK Family Resource Center in Atascadero. He can be reached by calling the Parent Connection HelpLine at (805) 904-1411 or by emailing bspencer@sloparents.org

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ERICA RUVALCABA-HEREDIA


Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia, Ed.D., is also a parent educator and coach.  She is a mother of three beautiful sons. For over a decade Erica was a First 5 School Readiness Site Coordinator in Oceano. During this time she worked with families struggling to meet basic needs, obtain health services and navigate the school system.  Erica is a graduate of the University of Santa Barbara and earned her Master’s Degree in Spanish and BA in Spanish and Latino and Iberian Studies. She holds a PhEd in Organizational Leadership from the University of Laverne. She has also taught Spanish classes at Allan Hancock College for more than 13 years. Erica’s passion is to make a positive difference in people’s lives and her authentic leadership is exemplified in this John C. Maxwell quote, “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts.  It is about one life influencing another.”

Erica provides free and confidential parent coaching (Spanish) on the telephone and in person in the South County. She can be reached on the Parent Connection Coaching Line at (805) 462-7135 or erica.ruvalcaba05@gmail.com.

Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia, Ed.D., es también educadora de padres y entrenadora.  Ella es madre de tres hermosos hijos. Por más de una década Erica trabajó como Coordinadora de Preparación Escolar de Primeros 5 en Oceano. Durante este tiempo ella trabajó con las familias que luchan constantemente para satisfacer sus necesidades básicas, obtener servicios de salud y navegar en el sistema escolar.  Erica se graduó de la Universidad de Santa Barbara y obtuvo su maestría en español y Licenciatura en español y Estudos Latino ibéricos. Ella tiene un doctorado en liderazgo organizacional de la Universidad de Laverne. También ha impartido clases de español en Allan Hancock College por más de 13 años. Le apasiona el poder hacer una diferencia positiva en la vida de las personas y su liderazgo auténtico se ejemplifica en esta cita de John C. Maxwell, “el liderazgo no se trata de títulos, posiciones o diagramas.  Es una vida que influye a otra.”