The Parent Participation Program enhances parenting skills through classroom discussion, interaction and observation. Parent and child (age 0-6) attend class once a week. Curriculum includes teacher-led discussions on parenting techniques and strategies for creating a healthy family environment. Parents share their challenges and successes while children enjoy age-appropriate play indoors and outdoors, circle time, and songs. Interacting with other parents and children while participating in the classroom environment gives parents a greater understanding of the needs and abilities of their children.
Parent participation instructors hold California teaching credentials.
Please visit parentparticipation.org for a complete list of parenting classes and online registration.
- Cookin’ & Bookin’
- Young Ones & Young Toddlers
- Fizzle Pop 1-2-3
- Older Toddlers
- Kids in the Garden
- Two and Three Year Olds
- Strolling to Fitness
- Tiny Hikers
Dates: A year round program. Families may join a class at any time on a space available basis.
Times: Morning and afternoon, times vary.
Locations: Classes available in San Luis Obispo, Los Osos and Morro Bay.
Tuition: Classes run for 10 weeks and price ranges from $67-$90. Scholarships are available for families in need.
Eligibility Requirements: Parents, grandparents or caretakers in a parenting role attend with the child age 0-6.
Contact: San Luis Coastal Adult School, 1500 Lizzie Street, Room H2, SLO, (805) 549-1222.
Register: online https://register.asapconnected.com, over the phone or in person.
Directory of Family Resource Centers
San Luis Obispo County
2017 SLO County FRC Directory
Are you tired of yelling at and nagging your children? Do you want to find a more positive way to parent? Do you want an approach that teaches important life skills and develops healthy self confidence in your children? Then call or email the Parent Coach today. If you are a parent who is looking for insight into challenging child and teen behavior(s), contacting the parent coach will help you to generate solutions to every day parenting problems. If you want to: learn to set limits, handle disagreements, get your children to do chores and accept responsibilities, then don’t put off contacting the parent coach today!
North County (805) 904-1411
SLO (805) 543-3700
South County (805) 462-7135
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. Ximena 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 o por e-mail a firstname.lastname@example.org
Confidential and nonjudgmental pregnancy and parenting support. Free services include: pregnancy/parenting groups, prenatal vitamins, maternity and infant clothing, formula, diapers, infant equipment (cribs, etc.).
All services are free and designed for pregnant women and/or parents with an infant two years old or younger
CONTACT: PPS of San Luis Obispo @ 541-3367 or email@example.com
Se habla Español. Todos los servicios son gratis y para mujeres embarazadas y/o padres de familia con un bebe de un ano o menos
CONTACTO: PPS Of San Luis Obispo@ 541-3367 o firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Time: Noon – 3pm
Location: SAFE Family Resource Center, Room #106, 1086 Grand Ave. Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. 805-474-2105
Date: 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: LINK Family Resource Center, 6500 A Morro Rd. Atascadero, CA 93422. 805-466-5404
Date: 4th Tuesday of the month
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: The Cambria Connection, 870 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428. (805) 927-1654
Los Osos / Morro Bay
Dates: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 3:30pm – 5pm
Location: Coastal Family Resource Center, 880 Manzanita Dr Room 18, Los Osos, CA 93402. (805) 544-0801
San Luis Obispo
Dates: Drop-in support services Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (appointments are available)
Times: 10:00am-3:00pm Mon, Tues, Fridays & Wed. 10-5
Location: 11549 Los Osos Valley Rd, Suite #104, SLO
Parenting classes are held at: Build Your Nest Coaching + Design Studio
6613-B Bay Laurel Drive, Avila Beach (next to Woodstone Marketplace)
Facilitator: Cindy DuSair, CPC, ELI-MP, Certified Professional Coach & Positive Discipline Parent Educator
To Register: email@example.com or call: 805.550.5865
More info about our classes, workshops and coaching: www.buildyournestcoaching.com;
nest . nurture . grow . thrive
Conversations to Help Navigate Parenting
with Michele Gordon Johnson – Parent Educator/Coach
Parent Coaching and Parent Journaling Groups: Support for parents starting out on their parenting journey and for anyone encountering bumps in the road and blind curves along the way. Coaching sessions move through a series of fundamental parenting conversations, with journaling activities to foster greater self-awareness and new ways of thinking about parenting challenges. Parents are encouraged to create a unique parenting map – a plan that supports the positive qualities we want for our children and the life skills they need, with better ways to match our parenting behaviors with our intentions. The coaching process invites parents to make small, sustainable changes that recognize the needs of the entire family and bring more ease, calm, and pleasure to parenting.
Parents will use the parenting journal Are We There Yet? Conversations to Navigate Parenting.
Fridays, October 2nd through November 20th, 2015, from 3:30pm – 4:30pm
The group will offer a confidential, structured, and warm environment for children to safely express their feelings and experiences with grief due to the death of a family member or friend. Group members will have the opportunity to participate in child-centered activities in a peer setting. There is no charge to participate in the group. The group will be co-facilitated by Michelle Luzi, Social Work Intern and Amy Carlisle, MFT Trainee (under supervision).
If you know of a child who might benefit from the group, or if you have questions, please call Tony Huffaker at 544-2266. After October 2nd, the group will be closed and no new members will be taken.
Caring for a loved one with a cognitive disorder or another disabling condition forever changes the lives of family and caregivers. There can be devastating effects on those providing long-term care at home: financial pressures, legal quandaries, health problems, and emotional turmoil. Coast Caregiver has resources and support groups that can assist families in their time of need. Support group meetings are held in a variety of venues in the Tri-Counties and offered at no charge. Donations are gratefully accepted. For information on resources available through Coast Caregiver, please call (805) 962-3600.
Caregiver Support Groups
The CAPSLO Parent Education Program provides the opportunity for parents who are referred to the program (through DSS) to learn better ideas, to hear suggestions and generate solutions in becoming an Active Parent, through in-home parent education. Parent Educators have been trained in the Active Parenting, Positive Discipline and Nurturing Families curriculum.
CONTACT: If you are a parent with a CWS social worker or a CalWORKS worker, please contact Melinda Sokolowski at (805) 544-4355/extension 216.
For Spanish-speaking assistance, please call (805) 474-2024.
DATES: Ongoing parenting classes for Foster Parents
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Priority will be given to Foster or Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers
CONTACT: Call Mimi Feliciano-Hix (805) 546-3156 for the class schedule and reservations.
Family Law Facilitator, Self-Help Center: To receive help with custody issues, child support calculations, visitation modifications, and other related services, call (805) 788-3418.
Walk-In Services available Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:30, at the courthouse in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.
Parenting After Separation-Free Online Course
Parenting After Separation is a class which addresses the needs of children whose parents maintain separate households. The class also provides information about the mediation process and the “how to” of maintaining an ongoing co-parental relationship. The class is online and self paced. This program satisfies the Court’s requirements for parent education prior to receiving final orders. When you complete the class after registering online, you will be immediately emailed a certificate of completion. Simply file this certificate with the court in San Luis Obispo at 1035 Palm Street, Rm 385 or at the Paso Robles Branch at 901 Park Street. The class can be accessed through the following link: http://parenting.familieschange.ca.gov/
Child Support Services Department
To establish, modify, or enforce orders regarding child support and health insurance.
Where: 1200 Monterey St, SLO
Walk-in hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Phone hours: Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm
Free Spanish Language Parenting Class
NINOS: EL DESAFIO DEL DIVORCIO
Registro: Llame a la oficina de antemano a los Servicios de la Corte de Relaciones Familiares para registrarse y obtener informacion, al numero 781-5423. Debe tener disponible el numero del caso civil o del divorcio para darselo al secretario. Clases en espanol son ofrecidas, y son citadas de acuerdo con los registrados.
* Este programa satisface los requisitos del programa de educacion antes de que se le otorga las ordenes judiciales para finalizar el caso.
Family Court Services
1120 Mill St. Suite A-1
San Luis Obispo
Family Court parenting classes are designed for families who have a court case number. For more information: call (805) 781-5423 for Family Court Services http://slocourts.net/fcs
French Hospital offers the following classes , in English and Spanish: Babies 101 (the basics of caring for your new baby), Infant CPR, Toddler First Aid, Breastfeeding, Siblings, Prepared Childbirth and car seat information.
DATES/TIMES: call for specific dates & times
LOCATION: French Hospital Auditorium, San Luis Obispo
CONTACT: You must pre-register for all classes. Contact the Parent Education Coordinator at (805) 542-6659 for specific course offerings or click on the link for a list of classes:
The Baby Hour, is a breastfeeding support group. Join other nursing mothers and a lactation consultant to learn about various topics surrounding breastfeeding and parenthood. Mothers and babies are welcome and there is no need to register. There will be time for questions, answers and discussion.
Location:Pacific Medical Plaza
1941 Johnson Ave Suite LL4
San Luis Obispo, CA
Free, call with questions tel:(805)786-6161
A therapeutic community during pregnancy designed to meet the emotional and psychological needs of each group participant.
9 Weekly Sessions offered in:
San Luis Obispo (1115 Toro Street, Suite H), Tuesdays 3:15 – 4:30
The Hearst Cancer Resource Center offers a range of activities to meet physical and emotional needs of patients and their families.
For more information:
Contact: (805) 542-6234
Tears, Tantrums & Trauma …respond intentionally to promote healing, cooperation & closeness
A child’s behavior is a form of communication. Every day emotional stress or traumatic experiences can affect the thinking part of the child’s brain; causing challenging behavior. Brain science has proven the importance of supporting your child’s emotional release, (tears and tantrums) to promote cooperation, emotional health, higher intelligence and closer connections.
Ages infant to 10 years, 1½ hour workshop, $20 Bring a friend and both get $10 off.
Raise Successful, Happy Kids w/o Punishments, Time-Outs or Consequences!
The follow-up class to “Tears & Tantrums” (above) is a series of 4 weekly classes for parents of children ages 1 to 10 years. Learn transformative parenting tools (and more) that will give you the confidence and skills needed to support your child in growing to their fullest potential!
Early registration $245, regular $295, couples discount, materials optional.
Aware Parent Tween & Teen Class
A Totally Different Way to Parent & Empower Your Tween & Teen!
Learn connection tools to keep the relationship with your teen; or to get it back, plus more…
A series of 3 weekly tele-classes $175, couples discount, Materials Included, Ages 10 to 24 years
Classes in SLO, Arroyo Grande and by Tele-Class
Private Coaching Sessions are available; Learn tools to resolve the challenge at-hand, and to create more cooperation and deepen your family connections.
Julie Nevison, Certified Parenting Educator & Coach, Aware Life Coach, Healing Arts Practitioner, Nutrition Consultant.
(805) 929-3049 / (805) 630-6281
Santa Lucia Birthing Center, San Luis Obispo: 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:00AM and 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30PM
Beacon Chiropractic, Grover Beach: 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00AM
Whether you are a brand new mother or a seasoned pro, League meetings are for you. For over 50 years League Meetings have been FREE and available to all women who wish to learn and share about the art of breastfeeding. Learning happens in a warm supportive informal setting. Membership is not required.
We are here to help. Questions or concerns do NOT have to be specific to the meeting’s topic!
Pregnant moms, early nursers, extended nursers, tandem nursers, siblings, grandmas, sisters and friends are all encouraged to attend. Working moms, stay-at-home moms, part-time or full-time nursers, no bottle babies and bottle babies, even if you just are a breastfeeding supporter at this time in your life. All are welcome. https://sites.google.com/site/lllofslo/
Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lllofslo?fref=ts
“Meet you in Dreamland.” is a place where families on the Central Coast can receive help and support in their quest for a better nights’ sleep for their little ones. Founded in 2011 by Kerrin Edmonds, Meet You in Dreamland’s goal is for families to become well rested and able to enjoy each day to its fullest. If you are a parent or family member who is exhausted and overwhelmed from too many sleepless nights, tired of bedtime battles and inconsistent naps or just need help adjusting your current schedule, Meet You in Dreamland can help.
There are many services available, including face to face, email and phone consultations
Every family is different and therefore has different needs. Meet You in Dreamland strives to meet your family right where they are, and in partnership with you, to come up with a plan that everyone is comfortable and happy with.
Please email us if you have any questions or to set up a consultation.
Live Q&A on facebook Thursdays- 7-8pm
Contact: Kerrin at 805-296-2149 or email at Meetyouindreamland@gmail.com
Join our small group of women & teen-age daughters to:
- support and connect with other mothers
- nurture and strengthen the mother-daughter relationship
- help daughters thrive as girls and young women
- welcome them into a community of women
Where: San Luis Obispo (location provided upon registration)
Price: $400 for mother-daughter (scholarships possibly available)
Please call Elizabeth at (805) 316-4567 for more information
If you are mandated to complete a parenting class, verify approval of an online class (rather than a traditional class) with the mandating agency. Each state, county, and individual judge may dictate different requirements. If you are court ordered to take a co-parenting class, it is always best to check with your county court of record to verify their acceptance of an online parenting class.
Each state, county, and individual judge may dictate different requirements.
Enjoy the opportunity to complete a parenting course at your leisure – anytime, day or night!
Certificates of Completion are provided after the class is finished.
Visit The Parenting Center for a list of current classes.
Visit OnlineParentingPrograms.com for a list of current classes.
Open forum meeting for parents at any stage of recovery who want to get a grip on parenting & stay sober in the process! This group is designed to align solid parenting foundation principles and tools with 12-step principles so that parents can begin to enjoy both living sober and parenting successfully.
Dates: Saturdays, 9/9, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2
Time: 10:30am – 12pm
Dates: Thursdays, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm
Location: Build Your Nest Coaching, 6613-B Bay Laurel Place Avila Beach, CA 93424 (in Avila Village)
Facilitator: Cindy DuSair, CPC, ELI-MP, Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Contact: 805-550-5865. Groups are offered at no cost and are drop-in. Snacks and coffee/tea are provided.
Sponsored through SLCUSD Adult School and Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child. Each mother served by NFP is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child’s second birthday. Independent research proves that communities benefit from this relationship — every dollar invested in Nurse- Family Partnership can yield more than five dollars in return.
Call 805-788-2068 to learn more on how to connect to this fabulous resource.
Parenting Sober Support Group
Open forum meeting for parents at any stage of recovery who want to get a grip on parenting and stay sober in the process! This group is designed to align parenting foundational principles and tools with 12-step principles so that parents can begin to enjoy both living sober and parenting successfully.
Group meets at Build Your Nest Coaching, 6613-B Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach, CA 93424.
Class meets on Saturdays, 9/9, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and,
Thursdays, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
For more information call (805) 550-5865.
Social Media for Parents
Talking with kids about social media use and being good digital citizens is a crucial part of parenting. These classes help parents become connected in the social media world and keep kids safe online. In the third class, we will have an “Appy Hour” (class will end at 7:30) in which different social media platforms are demonstrated.
Dates: Tuesdays 11/7 – 11/28
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Laguna Middle School LAMS Library, SLO
Instructor: E. Calandro
Please contact the San Luis Coastal Adult School with questions and for registration information:
1500 Lizzie Street Bldg H2, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
PHONE: (805) 549-1222
FAX: (805) 544-0638
Offering workshops, study groups & consultations for parents and educators to cultivate healthy, balanced children.
Mindful Parenting: Discover how to cultivate more patience when dealing with your children during challenging moments of your day. Learn how to become a more effective and connected parent.
Social & Emotional Intelligence: Learn simple brain-based tools to help children learn to handle emotions so that they are more considerate, balanced and healthy and create flourishing relationships with others.
Brain-Based Teaching: Implement practical, brain-based strategies for enhancing social and emotional learning skills that have been proven to help reduce children’s stress, improve academic performance and strengthen concentration abilities.
Harmonic Relationships: Explore how to incorporate practical, brain-based strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind and create harmony in your family life.
Healthy, Balanced Child: Integrate the most recent scientific findings into your parenting approach to help you raise children who become compassionate, responsible, creative and healthy young adults.
Listening & Guidance: Gain one-on-one support as you discover your own way to incorporate these ideas and strategies into your unique family culture.
Contact: Lea Payne Scott, M.P.H, Social & Behavioral Health Educator, at 805-594-1618
Listen to Lea on Central Coast Voices: http://kcbx.org/post/no-drama-discipline
Parent Cafés for DADs.
- Want to be more involved with caring for your baby?
- Want to have more balance between family, life, and work?
- Want to have better communication within your family?
- Want to learn more about community resources?
- The POPs program covers this and more!
Groups forming NOW!
Participation is FREE!
When: Tuesday nights from 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: 1118 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo
To register for the group
CALL Doug Jenison, Parent Educator at 805-544-4355
Parents Supporting Parents: Our vision for Parent Partners is to help families to build their strengths and utilize their resources. We are parents who have been in your situation, who want to offer our experience, provide ongoing support, share our knowledge, and connect you with community resources. A Parent Partner is available at no cost to any parent involved with San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services.
For more information or help in deciding if Parent Partners can assist you, please contact us. We are parents who have been there and understand the journey.
Kassi at (805) 781-1824 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Group for parents, family and friends of lesbians and gays
DATES: Fourth Tuesday of the month
LOCATION: GALA Center, 1060 Palm Street, SLO
CONTACT: 805-801-2186, http://www.pflagcentralcoastchapter.net/
A therapeutic community during pregnancy designed to meet the emotional and psychological needs of each group participant.
Tuesday 3:15pm – 4:30pm. 1115 Toro St. Suite H, San Luis Obispo.
Please contact Angela R. Wurtzel for admittance to the group. 805-884-9794. email@example.com
Located: 1500 Lizzie Street, Room G4, San Luis Obispo
Mariana Gutierrez, Bilingual Family Advocate
Phone/text (805) 458-5499
Mission: To nurture and support healthy families through a collaboration of community organizations.
Vision: The SLO Family Resource Center envisions a community where every child has a secure and happy home; every parent has the knowledge, skills, and support needed to create and maintain such a home, including access to and knowledge of the resources available to the community.
Walk-in referral and family support
Bilingual Family Advocate
SLO FRC is open Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00
Family Resource Coordinator:
Melissa Musgrave, MA
San Luis Coastal Unified School District
Services: Refer, assist, advocate and provide case management for eligible families and students, liaison for homeless and foster youth.
Parenting class offered by CWS for those who have had CWS involvement. Probation and court-referred parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The eight-class series will focus on identifying challenging behaviors in both infants & children and how you can effectively parent children with behavioral issues. Parents may start attending at any point in the 6-session series; attendance does not need to start with Session #1. Classes will focus on: nurturing a strong bond between you & your infant, how to comfort a low-threshold infant, helping your school-age child succeed, and effective & positive discipline.
DATES AND TIMES: Ongoing classes (weekdays and evenings), see flyer for specific dates and times
COST: FREE and childcare is provided
Certificates at the completion of the course.
Reservations required. Call Lynn Juel at 805-781-1705 with your name, phone number and who will be attending.
Tiny Tunes is a new Music & Movement program for toddlers and preschoolers. Each monthly session is themed. The sessions will include developmentally appropriate activities based on Music Psychology and Child Development. Songs have been carefully selected or written on topics such as gratitude, empathy, and community. Parent participation is vital to this program, and many of the movements will involve interaction between parent and child.
Time: Thursdays at 10:15am
Cost: $60/class. Registration includes attendance for one parent and child per class. An additional child or parent may be added.
Location: Music Motive – 3440 S. Higuera St. #130, San Luis Obispo