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Spanish Speaking Support Group:

Join us for a FREE Monthly Parenting Class and Parent Support Group
Join us on the following dates, (1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15), from 9 in the morning until 11, at the Oceano Family Resource Center, 1511 19th. Street, Oceano, Ca 93445. You will have an opportunity to participate in a class about how to discipline children which also offers emotional support. In this class you will learn how to understand and manage the behaviors of your children, including how to deal with rebelliousness and tantrums. Using discipline tips that will help you get results, these classes will help you with parenting and you will also enjoy the benefit of mutual support. Classes are free and confidential. The teacher is Ximena Ames, M. A. She has more than 40 years of experience concerning effective discipline.

Empezando 1/19,2/16,3/16,4/20,5/18,6/15, desde las 9 de la manana hasta las 11, en la oficina de Oceano Family Resource Center,   1511 19th St, Oceano, CA 93445  se le ofrece la oportunidad de participar en una clase sobre la disciplina de los ninos y que tambien ofrece apoyo emocional.

En esta clase Ud. aprendera como sobrellevar y entender el comportamiento de los ninos, incluyendo como ligar con la rebeldia y los berrinches. A travez de buenos consejos que dan resultados, estas clases ayudan con la disciplina y los que participan, gozan de apoyarse mutuamente. Las clases son gratis y todo lo que se discute es confidencial.

La profesora es Ximena Ames, M. A.  Ella tiene mas de 40 anos de experiencia en el tema de la disciplina efectiva.


Parenting Support Group in Spanish-
Ximena Aimes
Second Friday of each month (9-11 am)
Superar & Follow up discussion-
Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia
Friday 2/9 (9am-11am)
3/2 (9am-11am)
*These class will be in Spanish
Parenting with Love and Respect-
Ruby Cuevas & Yecenia Silvas
3/6, 3/13, 3/20/ 3/27 *
Repairing the Rupture of Trauma through Attachment & Bonding-
Betty Gillespie
Thursday 5/17 (5:30-7:30 pm)
Please email Rubi Cuevas for specific information on these classes at
You can also call Nipomo Family Resource center at (805) 474-2105 for more information.


Women’s Self-Esteem Class
This group is dedicated to supporting women as they develop and improve their self-esteem while building a sense of community with one another. This group is designed to be an emotionally safe place for women to discuss a wide range of life issues in a nurturing and supportive environment.
Wednesday Evenings at 5:30
Browne Psychological Services
(805) 481-2823
Sign Up Information Available At The Front Desk
Facilitated By Kristyn Collins M.A. PSB 37519
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Teen Support Group
In life, we all experience different struggles, and many would benefit from support. In this group we will look at managing and coping with these challenges.
-Obtain Coping Skills
-How to deal with issues such as:
Schoolwork, College, Friends, Relationships, Social Media, Body Image, Social Isolation
-Discuss Issues Present/ Past
-Safe and Nurturing Environment
Who: Girls (Ages 14-18)
What: Teen Support Group led by Breanne SalmonMFT Intern IMF 72172
When: Starting January 2016 Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm
Where: Browne Psychological Services – 576 Camino Mercado, CA 93420
Call our office to sign up, as space is limited, (805) 481-2823
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Mondays 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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: or call: 805.550.5865
More info about our classes, workshops and coaching:;
nest . nurture . grow . thrive


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.


 Creative Kids Central Coast Classes:

Ages 2-3
Fridays 10:45 to 11:30.
Students will enjoy an introduction to singing, dancing, theater games, rhythm and percussion, creative games, story time and performing. Parents are encouraged to participate, although it is not required, unless the child is more comfortable with parent participation. This class requires a minimum of 4 students and has a maximum of 10 students.
$50 for each 5 week session
At Shell Beach Veteran’s Hall
Teachers: Whitney Almaguer, Diana Lynn Carter

Ages 7-10
Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Join us for beginning jazz dance! In this class, we will have fun learning the basics of Jazz and hip-hop dance technique. This class is for kids ages 7-10, who are new to dance, or want to brush up on their technique. Students will perform. This class requires a minimum of 4 students and has a maximum of 12 students.
$50 for 5 weeks. $30 for 3 weeks.
Shell Beach Veteran’s Hall
Teacher: Lindsay Carter Coates

Ages 4 to 6
Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Children will explore singing, dancing, acting, and learning basic performance technique.
$50 for 5 weeks. $30 for 3 weeks.
Shell Beach Veteran’s Hall
Teachers: Whitney Almaguer, Diana Lynn Carter

Ages 7-12
Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
Students will sing, act, perform comedy improvisation, dance, and practice performance techniques.
Shell Beach Veteran’s Hall
$50 for 5 week sessions, $30 for 3-week sessions

Ages 7-12
April 17-21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday Through Friday
We will be acting, singing, dancing, improvisation, art, yoga, and performing!
The students will learn songs, simple choreography, and memorize their lines in this intensive one-week camp and perform it on the last hour of the Friday class for friends and family. Previous experience is not necessary. Students must be able to work well with others. *Students should be comfortable reading (at least at a chapter book level) in order to read the play scripts and songs.
Pismo Beach Veteran’s Hall.
$185 for the week.
Teachers: Lindsay Carter Coates, Diana Lynn Carter, Whitney Almaguer
Register through Pismo Beach Recreation.
(805) 773-7063

For more information:


Fighting Back offers a variety of programs for parents, including:
Parent Project, a 10-week program designed to help parents improve communication with their child, improve school attendance and performance, prevent or intervene in alcohol and drug use, and connect with local community resources.
Nurturing Parenting Program, a 10-week course for parents with children ages 0-5 to help parents learn about brain development, encouragement, communication, and positive disciplinary actions. The Nurturing Parenting Program is an evidenced-based program that has proven effective in treating and preventing the recurrence of child abuse and neglect.
201 S. Miller Street Suite #208, Santa Maria
Telephone: (805) 346-1774


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.

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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.

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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

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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

Online Parenting Classes

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 for a list of current classes.


Want to meet some parents in our community and make some lifelong friends?
Want to enjoy some new experiences with your child?
Then Parent Participation is for YOU!

Come sing, dance, do fingerplays, explore with art, painting, go on field trips and discuss parenting topics with parents like you!

REGISTRATION: Register for each 7 week session! register here.

DATES/TIMEs:    Parenting the Incredible Infant- Mondays, 10 am – 12 :00 noon, $70

Parenting the Wiggly and Wondrous One Year Old Thursdays. 9:30 am – 11:30 am. $70Parenting the Trying and Terrific Two year Old- Tuesdays OR Wednesdays 9 am – 12 noon, $85; Parenting the Imaginative Three and Four Year Old- Fridays, 9 am – 12 noon, $85

LOCATION: All classes held at the Oceano Community Center at 1425 19th St. Oceano, CA

FOR MORE INFO:  Visit us on Facebook at Parent Participation Program-Lucia Mar  click here.
or contact teacher Kerri Canigiula at (805) 458-4405 or the office at (805) 474-3900


Children and their parents will enjoy songs, creative movement, fingerplays, art experiences, painting, exploring new environments, outside play and field trips. Facts, fun and family are the goals of this course. Come bond with your child, meet fellow parents in your community and educate yourself on raising children in the 21st century.
DATES/TIME & LOCATION: Call for information or visit Parent Participation Program-Lucia Mar on Facebook
TUITION: $50.00-$70.00 (scholarships available)
CONTACT: For more information, call 474-3900.