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What We Do

PDCR provides classes, support groups, training resources, and other programs for families, schools, and community service providers in Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and other areas of the California Central Coast.

Using research-based methods and experiential practice, PDCR helps parents teach children the social, emotional, and life skills to:


  • engage in self-regulation and act from a place of intrinsic motivation

  • be accountable for choices and engage in problem solving when they make mistakes

  • discover their capabilities and develop their resilience

  • cooperate and contribute in respectful and safe learning environments

Who we serve

We support families of all backgrounds and children of all age groups (toddlers and preschoolers 0-5 years, school-aged children 5-12 years, and teenagers 13-19). We’ve also expanded our services to bring Positive Discipline to a variety of community settings where people benefit from our holistic approach to family well-being.  We provide educational instruction and resources to the following groups:

  • Parents, grandparents, foster parents, and other caregivers

  • People wanting to become Positive Discipline parent educators

  • School districts, school administrators, and teachers

  • Childcare providers

  • Clinical therapists, medical professionals, and social workers

  • Community-based organizations and County/City agencies

  • Jails, Juvenile Hall, and other restorative justice programs

  • Communities of faith, spirituality, and nonviolence

  • Business leaders and their staff

Where we work

PDCR serves communities along the California Central Coast with primary focus in Santa Cruz County and Monterey County.  Our resources and support are culturally competent and tailored to meet people where they are at on their journey to raising and supporting the young people in their lives.  You’ll find Positive Discipline in these community settings:


Parents experience the benefits of authoritative parenting including:

  • setting clear limits and working with children to establish and uphold agreements  

  • decreasing harshness and modeling respectful discipline

  • increasing the sense of positive connection and inviting cooperation


Students learn social and emotional skills resulting in:

  • increased academic success, health, and well-being

  • reduction of problem behaviors like bullying and truancy

  • weekly classroom meetings where issues are collaboratively discussed and resolved

Community Service Providers

Social service and family service providers are better equipped to work with children in:

  • Medical & Health settings–Strengthening family relationships with authoritative parenting and providing structure through the use of routines has positive effects on many health indicators.

  • Criminal justice settings–Participants transitioning out of incarceration learn to rebuild damaged relationships and experience the hope and empowerment that inspires them to make better choices for themselves and their children.

Creating a Cultural Shift in Our Communities

Positive Discipline teaches a model of connection, respectful interaction, and concrete communication tools. This results in safer, more connected communities that provide:


  • respectful ways of managing emotions, addressing issues, and resolving conflict

  • healthier child development outcomes and improved parent-child relationships

  • decreased use punishment and other forms of violence

  • increased civic engagement and overall social interest


Ready to get started?

Whether you’re interested in taking a class, going to a play group or just getting some good ideas from our parenting tip sheets, Positive Discipline has you covered!  Take a look at our upcoming and ongoing activities below:

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