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Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

Positive Parenting: It Works!

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 teach your child.

What Triple P Teaches:

The Triple P program is built on five principles of positive parenting:

  1. Ensuring a safe, interesting environment

  2. Creating a positive learning environment

  3. Using assertive discipline

  4. Having realistic expectations

  5. Taking care of yourself as a parent

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Triple P offers parenting information and tips in four main areas:

  1. Developing positive relationships

  2. Encouraging desirable behavior

  3. Teaching children new behaviors and skills

  4. Managing misbehavior

For more information on Triple P contact

First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or

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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 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. 

Between 2010-2023, over 16,850 parents with over 32,380 children have benefitted

from the Triple P program.

The tangible, lasting impact of the Triple P was summarized in the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program: Strengthening Families in Santa Cruz County, 5-Year Report (2010 - 2015) by these five key findings:

  • Triple P is an effective and universal public health parenting intervention, reaching a broad population of parents.

  • Triple P’s simple, practical parenting strategies are changing families’ lives for the better.

  • Triple P is responsive to the needs of diverse families.

  • Brief, “light touch” Triple P services are effective.

  • Triple P has staying power, long after services have ended.

Positive Parenting: It Works!

Watch our video, produced by Triple P International, to see how the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is helping thousands of Santa Cruz County's families raise happy, healthy children.

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 in English and Spanish for Santa Cruz County 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).

Service options include: (available in-person or virtual)

  • Triple P Seminars - A series of three classes that provide an introduction to Triple P positive parenting strategies. 

  • Triple P Workshops - One-time classes on specific parenting topics such as Preventing Tantrums, Encouraging Your Child's Self-Esteem, Helping With Homework, Encouraging Teens to Cooperate, Teaching Communication Skills to Children With Special Needs, and more.

  • Triple P Online (TPOL) - A comprehensive, web-based program that teaches Triple P’s principles and strategies for positive parenting. Participants complete the lessons on their own, with periodic consultations and coaching from a Triple P practitioner. Currently available in English and Spanish for families with children 2-12 years old (Core TPOL) and in English for families with adolescents, 10-16 years old (Teen TPOL – Spanish version coming soon).

  • Brief Individual Sessions - Quick tips and coaching from a trained Triple P practitioner in 1-4 brief one-on-one sessions.

  • In-Depth Individual Sessions - In-depth parent education and coaching from a trained Triple P practitioner in 10+ one-on-one sessions.

  • Triple P Groups  - 8- or 9-week classes that teach all of the Triple P positive parenting strategies and provide opportunities for coaching and practice.  

  • Specialized Parenting Support - Additional help for other family issues that affect parenting (coping skills, co-parenting, communication between parenting partners, anger management, making healthy lifestyle changes as a family)

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. To request Triple P Parenting Pocket Guides or get help finding a Triple P class or practitioner, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or  

Positive Parenting During a Pandemic

Parenting is hard during “typical” times, and even harder during tough times like the current coronavirus pandemic. Working remotely, worrying about losing a job or business, supporting and supervising children’s distance learning, maintaining physical distance from friends and loved ones, worrying about the health of your family…the stress adds up and can become overwhelming.


In times like this, Triple P’s 5 Principles of Positive Parenting are a reassuring reminder that we don’t have to have it all figured out. We’re learning and adapting and doing the best we can under these difficult circumstances. Watch as Dr. Heather Thomsen, a mother of three boys and a Triple P practitioner describes the five principles and how they are brought to life in her family as they shelter in place.

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This program is made possible through a partnership between First 5 Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (MHSA-Prop. 63) & Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. 

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