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South County Parenting Support Group
Please join us for a free Parenting Support Group. The group provides parent education and information about community resources for family support. Learn how to build resiliency for difficult emotional times. Learn about mental wellness and gain strategies for balance, communication and positive growth. The group provides a safe and confidential place to share concerns and learn with other parents.
Facilitated in Spanish by Ximena Ames, parent educator and coach.
Day & Time: Thursdays 9 – 11am
May 12th & 26th,
June 2nd & 9th
Place: Oceano Family Resource Center, 1511 19th St. Oceano, CA 93445. 
Childcare & Snacks Provided.
For questions or more information please call Ximena at (805) 462-7135 

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Pathways to Permanence Series:
Parenting Children Who have Experienced Trauma and Loss

Pathways to Permanence educates caregivers about the impact of trauma and loss on all aspects of a child’s development and teaches skills to effectively parent. Originally created for adoptive parents, relative caregivers, foster parents and others who are parenting children not born to them, the curriculum is also applicable to parents of children who have experienced separation from a biological parents due to divorce, death, incarceration, military service or other circumstances.

This class material discusses developmental stages from infancy through teen years.

This series addresses the needs of children who have experience developmental and relational trauma and loss including in-utero substance exposure.

Facilitators: Hannah Warren, LMFT & Karen Shin, LMFT

Date: Thursdays: March 30th, April 6th, (skipping April 13th and 20th for spring break) April 27th, May 4th, May 11th, May 18th, May 25th.

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: New Life Pismo Church, 990 James Way, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Childcare is offered.

Class fee: $10 for materials. If participants complete the course with 5 or more attendance out of 7 week series, they will receive the material cost back in the form of a gift card.

Registration information:
Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies
Jennie Joslin @ 805.434.2449

 Pre-registration is appreciated to ensure staffing and coordinating the classes.

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For additional information about South County parenting resources contact:
Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center/SAFE
1086 Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 474- 2032


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

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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.

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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.

PAPAS Workshops for Fathers

PAPÁS offers a parenting-based communication workshop for fathers. 

Goals of the program include: 2016 PAPAS offers fathers flyer- updated 2.0 - Copy - Copy

  • Strengthening family communication
  • Increasing positive father-child involvement
  • Identifying family stressors
  • Improving the quality of the relationship between father and mother to benefit the well being of the child

Participation is FREE!  A group is available in English or Spanish.
Workshop Groups Lead By 
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 2016 PAPAS flyer in Spanish
1 Evening Per Week. Free Child Care & Meals Provided

To sign up for groups 805-544-4355 x219 Devin Solomon or Inez Gonzalez 805-544-4355 x120. 

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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.