Community & Social Services
Child Development Resource Center
CDRC serves those who care for and educate young children. CDRC/Child Care Switchboard maintains a current list of all licensed child care centers and licensed family child care homes in Santa Cruz County. We also realize that licensed care does not always meet the needs of every individualized family. If your preferred choice is to go with a nanny, babysitter, or other informal arrangement (license-exempt care) you can have the added peace of mind of utilizing the TrustLine Registry.
Providers: The well-being of our children and families starts with YOU—the child care workforce. CDRC is here to help you provide the best care for children and to keep your business thriving. CDRC maintains Santa Cruz County’s only complete, up-to-date listing of child care providers. Help families find you by placing a free listing in our child care referral database.
Parents and Guardians: CDRC maintains Santa Cruz County’s only complete, up-to-date listing of child care providers. Finding the right child care is one of the most important decisions your family may need to make. The early care and education specialists at CDRC can answer your questions—on the phone, or in person—to help you find child care that meets your needs.
What does QUALITY look like?
You feel safe & accepted for who you are
It’s a place to be with friends and caring adults
You get to do lots of fun, interesting activities
The program is easy to get to & affordable
Your family’s culture and child’s abilities are respected
Your child is happy and learning new things
The program is thriving & committed to quality
The work environment is safe and well organized
You get a chance to earn better pay and benefits
Positive Discipline Community Resources
The Positive Discipline Parenting and Classroom Management models are aimed at developing mutually respectful relationships. Positive Discipline teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time, and is neither punitive nor permissive.
The tools and concepts of Positive Discipline include:
-Mutual respect. Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.
-Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons.
-Kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior.
-Effective communication and problem solving skills.
-Discipline that teaches (and is neither permissive nor punitive) and guides.
-Focusing on solutions instead of punishment.
-Encouragement (instead of praise). Encouragement notices effort and improvement, not just success, and builds long-term self-esteem and empowerment.
Who are our services for?
• Parents, grandparents, foster parents and other family caregivers
• Parent educators
• Teachers and school administrators for preschool through grade 12
• Child-care providers
• Therapists, counselors, social workers
• Community organizations
• Communities of faith
Visit our website for a complete listing of community resources available across sectors of our community!
Positive Discipline transforms family lives through respectful relationships. We offer virtual support and learning group sessions at no cost via Zoom.
Currently we have no cost Positive Discipline Family Support sessions for all Santa Cruz City School District families for the entire academic school year.
Email your request for a parent coaching session, workshop or class to come to YOUR school site/community group virtually (or in-person once COVID19 precautions and restrictions are lifted): email@example.com
Positive Discipline Community Resources is a social change nonprofit that supports adults in creating healthy and thriving relationships with youth in homes, schools, and communities. Through the Positive Discipline approach, we teach a model of respectful communication and joint decision-making. Research shows that when adults have more of these skills and tools, and most importantly they MODEL these skills and tools, we see more successful outcomes with young people.
Please visit our website for more information, https://www.pdcrcc.org/.
Santa Cruz Public Libraries
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) delivers information, education, enrichment and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a web-based digital library, a Bookmobile and community-based programs. SCPL serves children, teens and adults with innovative programming, professional services and community facilities that spark imagination and support discovery.
Residents can explore a wide range of interests from academic research, book clubs and literacy programs to digital photography, locally-produced music and local history. Branch locations include Aptos, Boulder Creek, Branciforte, Capitola, Downtown Santa Cruz, Felton, Garfield Park, La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley. Learn more about SCPL at SantaCruzPL.org or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.