Parenting is very rewarding and enjoyable, and it can also be challenging and exhausting. There is no one right way to be a parent – it is up to you to decide what values, skills and behaviors you want to encourage in your child.
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 research, Triple P provides families with a “tool kit” of proven strategies for strengthening relationships with their children, promoting children’s development, and preventing or managing common parenting challenges – tantrums, sibling rivalry, homework, bullying, bedtime, communicating with teens, and more.
Parents and caregivers can get as little or as much parenting support as they'd like from trained Triple P practitioners in a number of organizations throughout the county. Triple P services are available for families with children birth-12 (Core Triple P), families with teens (Teen Triple P), and families with children with special needs (Stepping Stones Triple P).Options include:
A series of locally-produced Triple P Parenting Pocket Guides also provide positive parenting tips for families with children from birth – 12 years old, families with teens, and families with children who have special needs.
Triple P is available in English and Spanish to all families in Santa Cruz County through a partnership between First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act funding), and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department.
To find a Triple P class or practitioner, or to request Triple P Parenting Pocket Guides, click one of the icons below or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Triple P program is built on five principles of positive parenting:
Triple P offers parenting information and tips in four main areas:
Triple P Supports Every Parent and Family
Whether you want a quick tip on how to handle a specific issue, some ideas on how to promote your child's development, or help with more complex family issues, a trained practitioner can tailor Triple P to suit your needs.
This program is made possible through a partnership between