South County Classes

Parent Connection Sponsored Classes

Curious Parent Forum-

The Curious Parent Forum is a one hour forum that provides parents the opportunity to get answers to questions they may be curious about. Parenting is far from easy and often times there is so much information at our fingertips that it can be confusing and overwhelming. The C.P.F. allows parents the opportunity to ask local experts direct questions about relevant parenting topics. Come join us at the local Arroyo Grande Library for this month’s guest expert!

For more information call: Rubi Cuevas 805-474-3000 ext. 1229

For more information click here. Flyer.

Raising Bright, Kind, Courageous & Strong Children with Dramatic Play: Pyjama Drama Training for Parents.
Sarah Rijnen-Director, Pyjama Drama Learning

Learn the value of interactive play in your child’s growth and development. Explore ways you can foster your child’s imagination and foster their love for playtime.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 – 11 am to 12 pm
Arroyo Grande Public Library
800 W. Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

For more information click here. Flyer.

Oral Health
Barbara Morrow, Registered Dental Hygienist

Do you have questions about your child’s oral hygiene or other dental issues such as thumb sucking, flossing, gum care, tooth grinding, or bad breath? Come to our Curious Parent Forum covering the topic of pediatric oral health care!

Saturday, April 27th, 2019 – 11 am to 12 pm
Arroyo Grande Public Library
800 W. Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

For more information click here: Flier

Why Reading Matters and How to Get Your Kid to Love It
Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, MLIS, Coordinating Librarian Youth Services, County Libraries

Learn how reading and literacy positively impacts your child’s development. Explore ways to engage your child in reading and foster a love for story time!

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 – 11am – 12pm
Arroyo Grande Public Library
800 W. Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

For more information click here. Flyer.

Repairing The Ruptures of Trauma: Empowering Caregivers
Betty Gillespie, Behavioral Health Clinician 

Thursday:  April 11th
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Grover Heights Elementary

For more information call: Rubi Cuevas at 805-474-3000 ext 1229

Trauma Focused Support Group

Jackie Llmas, MA


Many parents or caregivers have experienced trauma in their own childhood or their adult life. This can impact their parenting and their relationships with their children. This group is for parents or caregivers, who are impacted by trauma in any way. This group will give them an opportunity to find support within their own community from those who are experiencing similar challenges in their life. Engaging in a support group can help parents and caregiver to not feel so alone and open them up to new strategies for coping and parenting.

April 2nd, 2019- 6-8 PM
June 4th, 2019- 6-8 PM
Nipomo Elementary

(Forum Held in Room 14, Childcare held in Room 15)

Please arrive at 5:45 to enjoy dinner, group will start at 6.

For registration, please call SAFE Nipomo Family Advocate-
Karina Ayala at: 805-474-2033 or send email to:
**Childcare & food free of cost**

Click here for more information. Flyer.

Grupo de apoyo para Padres y cuidadores centrados en trauma

Jackie LLamas, MA

Muchos padres o cuidadores han experimentado traumas en su propia infancia o en su vida adulta. Esto puede afectar su crianza y su relación con sus hijos. Este grupo es para padres o cuidadores, quienes se ven afectados por el trauma de cualquier manera. El grupo les dará la oportunidad de encontrar apoyo dentro de su propia comunidad de aquellos que experimentan desafíos similares en sus vidas. Participar en un grupo de apoyo puede ayudar a los padres y cuidadores a no sentirse tan solos y ver nuevas estrategias de crianza.

El 2 de abril, 2019, 6-8 PM
El 4 de junio, 2019, 6-8 PM

Nipomo Elementary
(Foro celebrado en la habitación 14, guardería en la habitación 15)
▪ Por favor, llegar a las 5:45pm para disfrutar de la cena antes del comienzo del grupo.
▪ El grupo comenzara puntualmente a las 6:00pm.

Para el registro, llame a SAFE Ayudante de Familias de Nipomo-
Karina Ayala a 805-474-2033 o envié in correo electrónico a
**Cuidado de niños y cena ligera**

For more information click here. Flyer.


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


 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

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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.

Tears Tantrums Flyer

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.

Raise Successful Happy Kids w/o Punishment Flyer

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

Teen Class Flyer

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.