Welcome to PDCR

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

Upcoming ClassDateTimeCost
PD for Parents of Preschoolers, 2-5 Years
English Fall Series
Tuesdays, August 25 through Oct.13 (enrollment still open) 6:30-8:30 pm$80 for 8 week series with limited scholarships and childcare available $10/child/class
Spanish Mentor's Group
Saturday, August 2910am - noonFREE to Positive Discipline educators
Spanish Parent Suport Group and
Family Meetings Topical
Saturday, September 510am - noon$20 for class, scholarships based on need, and childcare for $10/child available
Parenting Teens Support GroupLast Wednesday of the month, September 306:30 - 8 pmFREE at Costanoa High, 840 N. Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz

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 teachings 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.
  6. Have fun!

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!