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Pajaro Valley Girls Softball League

This program is for girls ages 5 to 18. (We accept 4-year-olds, if parent is involved.) We play all our games at Rolling Hills Middle School in Watsonville. The Program has registration in January for a February start for selecting teams. Games are played at 5:45pm and are from one hour to two hours depending on age....contact number 831-786-8625 to leave a message or email at pvsftbl@pacbell.net is the best. We also go into summer Travel Softball and Fall Ball.
P.O. Box 2114, Watsonville, CA 95077 [ REC ]

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA)

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing education, training, and counseling and prevention services to students, families, and staff of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). By helping prevent criminal behavior, gang involvement, truancy and school dropout, and drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, PVPSA improves the quality of life in our community and its schools.
335 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, G, HW, PS, SS ]

Papás of the Central Coast

Papás is a social service helping fathers/father-figures get more involved with their children. We provide a low-barrier service with free transportation, free childcare, and free dinner for all community meetings. We have meetings both in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. All services are free. Each father in our program also receives case management services. We help good dads become great dads!
Our main offices is at 225 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ HW, H, LS, M, PS, SE ]

Parental Stress 24/7 Hotline

Provides over-the-telephone confidential (except situations that legally require reporting) counseling for parents under stress. 831-426-7322
Phone Only [ CO, PS ]

Parents and Teachers as Allies, NAMI Santa Cruz County

This presentation focuses on helping school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and how best to intervene. It also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families. It has been presented at Teacher In-service, Parent Meetings and Parent/Family meetings. Presentation can be modified to fit time slot. The full presentation is 1.5 hours but we have given a modified version in as little as 45 minutes.
[ A, CO, HW ]

Parents Helping Parents (PHP)

Helps families with children who have special needs through support groups and referrals. They also have a lending library, as well as an education and tech department.
1400 Parkmoor Avenue Suite 100 San Jose, CA 95126 [ CO, PS ]

Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR)

Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) creates healthy relationships that transform our children, ourselves and the world. We promote a model of interaction between children and adults that teaches respect and dignity; fosters a sense of belonging and significance; and brings more joy and compassion to families. When children and all family members have a feeling of belonging and significance, they are more likely to contribute to the well being of the whole group: family, school, and community. PDCR helps parents, teachers, caregivers, administrators, supervisors and managers in homes, schools, offices and businesses to create safe and positive learning and work environments. Using research-based methods, PDCR teaches social and emotional awareness skills that promote initiative, responsibility, resilience and capability.
P.O. Box 5365, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 [ M, PS, SS ]

Positive Parenting Program (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. 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).
4450 Capitola Rd, Suite 106, Capitola, CA 95010 [ HW, PS, SPED ]


An intensive, independent project that engages students' interests, betters the world in some way, and helps them stand out to top universities. Students can either choose to utilize the director's help with every aspect of planning, or learn to do it themselves. Students can also take fully WASC and UC A-G accredited one-on-one classes, each of them taught by dedicated teachers who are experts in their fields, passionate about their work, and focused on engaging children with a high degree of interactivity.
2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel CA 95073 [ A, CO, M, PS, SE ]