November 2020
Class Offerings Newsletter
Hello, and welcome to November! We are grateful for the team of educators, coaches, and staff at Parent Connection of SLO County! This month we're celebrating our accomplishments in serving San Luis Obispo County families and our successful pivot to online parent education and support. As this graphic shows, we provided education and coaching to over 160 parents and caregivers during the summer months!
The parent coaches continue to partner with families who are navigating online schooling, working from home, and managing childcare needs. The parental resilience demonstrated by community members reflects the network of support created by friends, neighbors, schools, and agency partners.
May your Thanksgiving holiday bring an opportunity for you and your family to find some of the silver linings in this unusual year. Stay safe, healthy, and happy!
Gwendolyn Garcia,
Program Coordinator
Parent Education
Active Parenting: 1 - 4 Year Olds
Learn skills that help develop cooperation, responsibility and good character in your children. Explore positive discipline techniques to avoid those all-too-familiar power struggles. This online format will be facilitated through Zoom. Each session will include lecture, videos, parent sharing/discussion, and activities. 

Date: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17
Time: 7 - 8:45pm
Educator: Julie Ashworth
Registration required:
Parents of Teens Support Group
Being a parent of a teen can be tough, add additional problems like family conflicts, trouble at school, and drugs or alcohol, and it can seem impossible. This group helps parents create a non-judgmental environment and connect with other parents of teenagers to share tips and advice for various parenting situations. 

Date: 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15
Time: 7 - 8pm
Educator: Sharon Lovelady
Registration required:
Positive Discipline
During this class learn about children’s behaviors and how to effectively change undesired behaviors and the importance of connecting with your child prior to correcting a behavior. Positive Discipline teaches parents how to talk respectfully to their children while being firm. 

Date: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm
Educator: Bill Spencer & Deanne Ririe
Registration required:
Grupo de Apoyo para Padres
Support Group for Parents
Conectese con otros padres en la Comunidad Oceano y explore maneras de apoyar la estabilidad y el exito de su familia. (Connect with other parents in the Oceano Community and explore ways to support the stability and success of your family.)

Date: 11/6
Time: 3:30 - 5:30pm
Educator: Maria Patino
Registration required: o puee llamar a 805-474-3690
Grupo de Crianza Mensual
Spanish Parent Support Group
La crianza de los hijos puede ser difícil y tener una red de apoyo de otros padres puede ayudarlo en su camino como padres. Este grupo gratuito tendrá temas de interés y diálogo de bienvenida junto con el apoyo de pares. Únase a nosotros para discutir problemas, desafíos e inquietudes que pueden enfrentar todos los padres. (Parenting can be hard and having a support network of other parents can help your parenting journey.)

Date: 11/10, 12/8
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Educator: Jackie Llamas
Registration required: Call Jackie at 805-242-8038
Parent Cafe
Meet other parents and make new friends. Share ideas. Receive parenting tips and strategies.

Date: 11/17
Time: 4 - 6:30pm
Educators: Deanne Riries, Flora Bolivar & Norma Chavez
Registration required: Call 805-543-3700
Parenting Sober Support Group
For parents at any stage of recovery who want to get a grip on parenting and stay sober in the process! Group aligns parenting foundation principles with 12-step principles.

When: Second and fourth Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30am
Facilitator: Cindy DuSair
Contact: Please contact Cindy at 805-550-5865 or
Parent Coaching
Our team of Parent Coaches has over 80 years of combined experience working with families. They are here to provide free and confidential support in English or Spanish for parents and caregivers in San Luis Obispo County.
Partner Agency Parenting Support
Transitions Mental Health Association (T-MHA) is a non-profit organization serving San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties. They are dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness. T-MHA offers multiple family support services:
Parents Helping Parents (PHP) serves families of children with special needs throughout San Luis Obispo County. Two lending libraries, which cover a wide variety of special needs topics, are equipped with toys, games and a place for children to play while their parents browse. A reliable source of current information, referrals, and training, PHP regularly e-mails a Calendar of Upcoming Events to interested families.
Join the Fun and Make Friends at Parent Participation! Come to class with your infant, toddler, or preschooler, and learn about the developmental stage of your little one while forming connections with other parents. Credentialed teachers provide opportunities for imaginative play, singing, art, sensory exploration, cooperative experiences and outdoor fun. All adults in a parenting role are welcome (including nannies and grandparents.)
San Luis Obispo Friday Night Live (SLOFNL) wants you to remember to talk with your teens during this time. It's important to talk to them about substance abuse so they will know what to do if they are in a situation where kids are using substances around them.

SLOFNL creates partnerships for positive and healthy youth development, which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities.
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Gwendolyn Garcia, Parent Connection Program Coordinator | 805-543-3700
Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County is a prevention program managed by Center for Family Strengthening and made possible by the Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention funding.