Welcome to PDCR


Classes, trainings and playgroups at a glimpse…  Full listing and registration details here.

Current and Upcoming ProgramsDateTimeCost
Positive Discipline in the Classroom (Training/Certification for Teachers, School Administrators, and School Counselors) Facilitated by Jane Weed-Pomerantz 2 full days, Friday AND Saturday, March 9 AND March 108:30am - 4:30pm both days$375/person with group specials and limited scholarships available. At SC Adult School, 319 La Fonda Avenue, Classroom 5 in Santa Cruz. Register at pdcrcc.org/classes-workshops/workshops/ or call 831-476-7284 ext. 107 for more information.
All Means All: Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs. This conference offers Spanish interpretation and ASL services if arranged in advance.Saturday, April 149:00am - 4:30pm (sign in begins at 8:30am)$25 before February 15 and $45 afterward. Free for full-time Cabrillo Students and Social/Family Service Providers working in Monterey County.
Call 476-7284 x107 for registration.
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Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (training and certification to teach PD classes professionally). This is offered in both English and in Spanish.2 full days, Friday & Saturday, April 20 & April 219:00 am to 5:00 pm, both days$135 per person. Scholarships available. Call 831-476-7284 x107 or go to trainings page. Free for Family/Social Service Providers working in Monterey County.
El Patio de Mi CasaEvery Wednesday in Spanish11am - 1pmplaygroup with parents and children 0 to 5 years, sliding scale $3-$7, no one turned away
All Together Now!Every Wednesday9am - 11amplaygroup with parents and children 0 to 5 years, sliding scale $3-$7, no one turned away
Support Group for Parents of TeensLast Wednesdays of the month, Dec. off6:30pm - 8pmfree, at Branciforte Small Schools Library, call 831-476-7284x107 for details

Relationships based on mutual respect and dignity will lead to healthier, safer, and more just societies. PDCR helps our community learn a model of connection and interaction, along with concrete communication tools, which can result in a positive cultural shift. This shift includes increasing the values of mutual respect and dignity, responsibility for oneself and others (interconnectivity), social interest, civic engagement, curiosity and a solution orientation. Our future generation of children will learn to embody the principles above as our social structures begin to embody these principles, and families, schools, and our community at large learn to implement and model them.

Our mission is to support our community of families, schools, and service providers in learning how to have respectful relationships through the teaching of Positive Discipline.

These values guide our practice, policies, and our teaching:

  1. Teach and model mutual respect (respect being defined as “consideration and understanding of” rather than the more traditional “deference to”).
  2. Encourage connection and increase a sense of belonging, significance, and safety.
  3. Discipline means “to teach”, not to punish. By drawing forth someone’s own knowledge they learn more and feel empowered. Limits and structure are set in the context of a relationship of trust with kindness and firmness at the same time.
  4. Decide together and help people learn long-term skills. Doing “with” instead of “for” or “to” helps create a caring, respectful atmosphere that encourages the development of self-discipline, cooperation, responsibility and problem solving skills.
  5. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. We focus on solutions and accountability for our choices, rather than blame or shame.

Our Commitment
We offer instructional classes, support groups, training resources, and restorative programs for families, schools and community service providers. Using research-based methods and experiential practice, PDCR teaches social and emotional awareness skills that promote initiative, responsibility, resilience capability, and environments that are positive and safe to learn in.

“I think and feel that the greatest legacy we can leave our children is the skill to communicate and pass on great family and relationships through the generations.  Positive Discipline does that.– Mark Anicetti, Dad on Positive Discipline Parenting

Check out our welcome message from PD Founder, Jane Nelsen!