January 2018 Proclaimed Positive Parenting Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County

New Video Highlights Effectiveness of Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

First 5 Santa Cruz County, which manages the Triple P — Positive Parenting Program, has announced that January 2018 has been proclaimed Positive Parenting Awareness Month by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Triple P offers proven strategies that strengthen relationships with children and prevent and/or manage a full range of parenting challenges.

The proclamation marks the sixth annual Positive Parenting Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County and highlights the importance for parents and caregivers to develop warm, nurturing relationships with their children and become more confident as parents.

To highlight Positive Parenting Awareness Month, a new 8-minute video, produced by Triple P International (www.youtube.com/user/TriplePSantaCruzCo) is now available and illustrates the effectiveness in strengthening communication and relationships among families in Santa Cruz County by teaching practical, scientifically-proven parenting strategies.

“Parents and caregivers have an incredibly important role in supporting the well-being of not just our children, but our entire community,” said David Brody, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County. “The Triple P program has helped thousands of parents improve their parenting practices, reduce their stress and anxiety and, most importantly, build positive healthy relationships with their kids.”

The Triple P video features interviews with Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson, Triple P program participants, clinical psychologists, Triple P program coordinator Nicole Young and Brody.

Triple P has been available to families throughout the county since 2010, thanks to a partnership between First 5 Santa Cruz County, the county’s Human Services Department, and the county’s Health Services Agency. As the lead agency, First 5 partners with other nonprofits, public agencies, schools, and private providers to offer Triple P services to approximately 2,000 children and parents in Santa Cruz County each year. The positive outcomes for parents who participate are significant.

  • The majority of parents receiving in-depth support report improvements in their children’s behaviors (80%), their parenting styles (77%), and their levels of stress (63%);
  • Improvements are even greater among parents who report more significant parenting challenges at the start of the Triple P program. By the end of the program, 92% of parents report improvements in their children’s behaviors, 82% report improvements in their parenting styles and 90% report a decrease in their stress.
  • 95 percent of participants have reported they continue using Triple P parenting strategies after completing the program.

During Positive Parenting Awareness month in January 2018, Triple P partners will offer numerous parenting classes and events including:

EVENTS

Triple P South County Open House

Hosted by La Manzana Community Resources

Jan. 18, 3-5 p.m.

521 Main St., Watsonville (in outdoor courtyard)

Stop by for food, games and a chance to win prizes! Meet La Manzana’s Triple P practitioners, sign up for a Triple P class or one-on-one services, and learn about other organizations that support children and families.

Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery

Sponsored by Triple P Santa Cruz County, a program of First 5 Santa Cruz County

Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, 1855 41st Ave, Capitola (inside the mall)

In honor of Positive Parenting Awareness Month, Triple P Santa Cruz is sponsoring a free day of admission to the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD). Visit Triple P practitioners and First 5 staff at the SCCMOD for a chance to win raffle prizes, get quick parenting tips and tools, and have fun learning and exploring with your children!

CLASSES IN ENGLISH

Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Supporting Your Partner

Jan. 16, 3-4:30 p.m.

Soquel Union School District Board Room, 620 Monterey Ave, Capitola

Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs. Attend this free workshop to learn about: Parenting issues that often cause disagreements between partners; How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life; and Tools to help partners support each other and work as a team. This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee’s monthly meeting. No registration required. Child care is not available at this class.

Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience

Jan. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

Highlands Park Child Development Center, 8500 Hwy. 9, Felton

This free Triple P Workshop offered by Mountain Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to prevent disobedience and increase cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience

Jan. 25, 6–7:30 p.m.

Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (in furniture section)

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to give instructions in a way that increases your child’s cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently to challenging behaviors. To register: Contact Caitlin McElroy, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us (831) 479‐4296 or 5843.Registry@toysrus.com

Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting

Jan. 29, 6–7:30 p.m.

Bay View Elementary, Library, 1231 Bay St., Santa Cruz

This free Triple P seminar offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies. Attend this seminar to learn how to: Provide positive learning environments for children; Use assertive discipline; Have realistic expectations and take care of yourself. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Triple P Workshop: Encouraging Your Teen to Cooperate

Jan. 31, 5:30–7 p.m.

Community Bridges Community Room, 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common causes of conflict between teens and parents; Strategies to encourage teens to cooperate; How to respond calmly and consistently when teens are uncooperative. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

CLASSES IN SPANISH

Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience

Jan. 22, 6–7:30 p.m.

Location: Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St, #100, Community Room, Watsonville

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to prevent disobedience and increase cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

8-Week Triple P Group: For Families with Teens

Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Jan 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Group classes: Tuesdays, Jan. 23 – March 13, 6–8 p.m.

Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 W. Riverside Drive, Watsonville

This free 8-week Triple P Group offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides simple strategies to help you: Build a positive relationship with your teen; Understand and recognize everyday influences on your teen’s behaviors; Respond to parenting challenges calmly and consistently; Teach your teen how to solve problems and deal with risky situations; and Become more confident about raising a teenager. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Lifestyle Triple P Group

Wednesdays, Jan. 24 – April 4, 6-8 p.m. (no class Feb. 28)

La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Sala E, Watsonville

Lifestyle Triple P teaches families positive parenting strategies to increase children’s healthy eating and physical activity. Attend this group to learn: Guidelines for healthy eating, healthier food choices, and being active; Fun, simple ways to teach children to be more active; How to set limits about video games, phones, computers, and TV; and Ways to make healthy changes as a family. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

ABOUT TRIPLE P

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a world-renowned program available to families in Santa Cruz County who have children ages birth to 16, including children with special needs. Backed by more than 30 years of international, scientific research, Triple P offers families proven strategies for strengthening relationships with their children and for preventing or managing a full range of parenting challenges. The program is available to all families in Santa Cruz County through a partnership between First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. For more, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org or facebook.com/triplepscc.

ABOUT FIRST 5 SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

First 5 Santa Cruz County invests in health, early learning and family support to promote the well-being of children. A growing body of scientific evidence points to the economic and societal impacts of investing in the early years. First 5 Santa Cruz County is dedicated to giving children the opportunities they need to reach their full potential. First 5 Santa Cruz County was established by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in December 1998 by urgency ordinance to ensure that family-friendly services and education are available, so that each child reaches the fifth year of life healthy, ready and able to learn, and emotionally well developed. We are committed to involving community members, as well as professionals working with young children and their families. For more information, visit www.first5scc.org.

January 2018 Proclaimed Positive Parenting Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County
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