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Broad-Based Apprehension, Suppression, Treatment and Alternatives (BASTA) is a new spin on an old effort to convene the pertinent players involved with a student who is at risk of becoming gang involved or is interested in getting out. BASTA, which also means “enough” in Spanish, speaks both to the feeling of the community as well as the internal struggle of the individual.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, G, M, PS, SS ]

Cabrillo College - Foster and Kinship Care Educational Program

A group available to help with the needs of relative caregivers (grandparent, relative, or friend) for children. Group held the first Tuesday of each month: 6:30-8pm at LifeSpring Preschool.
1255 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010 [ CO, FY, M, PS ]

Cabrillo College - The Outreach and Recruitment Office

The Outreach and Recruitment Office serves prospective students and their parents by introducing them to information, processes, and resources that will increase their awareness of the college experience, inform them of their educational options at Cabrillo, and provide them with steps to help them reach their educational goals. 831.479.5759,
Main Campus 6500 Soquel Dr. Room 907 Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, CO, PS ]

Child Care Switchboard Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Provides parents with referrals for childcare. Free. Bilingual services available. 8am-5pm. smoon@santacruz.k12.ca.us 831-466-5820
400 Encinal Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ DC, PS ]

Child Development Resource Center

Helps families find childcare, trainings for providers (Licensed or unlicensed) wanting to provide for children. Santa Cruz (831) 466-5820 Watsonville (831) 724-2997 ext. 210
521 Main Street, Suite Y Watsonville, CA 95076 - 400 Encinal Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ DC, PS ]


FosterEd improves the educational outcomes of foster children by ensuring each is supported by an educational champion and strengthened by an education team. We connect educational champions -- typically the child's biological, foster, or adoptive parent -- with a volunteer support person who can help build the educational champion's capacity to support the child's education. If you are interested in volunteering to provide individualized support and mentoring to an educational champion, please contact us!
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Please contact us at 831-763-8997. [ A, FY, M, PS ]

Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program

They offer child development services, including FREE child care. Services are offered from May-October. Meals, diapers, and formula are provided at CC Centers and Family CC Homes. Special needs children are given priority! Requirements: More than 50% of income must be from agriculture. Must be a low-income migrant family (move within the last 24 months).
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ DC, FN, PS ]


211 in Santa Cruz County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Call today. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.
Phone Only [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, LS, M, PS, Q, SS, SPED, SE ]

ADHD Support Group

The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with ADHD) hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone affected by the challenges of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to share resources and get support. The Parent Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and Adults with ADHD meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. All meetings are from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. CONTACT: Judy Brenis, jbbrenis@comcast.net, 831.684.0590 or visit the web site.
Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. [ CO, HW, PS ]

Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP)

Public health, nursing support, education, referrals, and case management for pregnant and parenting teens ages 18 and under.
See Website [ CO, FN, HW, PS ]

Baby Talk (Watsonville Community Hospital)

An ongoing, weekly, new mom and infant sharing and support group offered at no charge. Facilitated by an OB nurse and lactation consultant. 763-6015
75 Nielson Street Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FN, HW, PS ]

Barrios Unidos

Youth Services Counselor based at Barrios. Alcohol & drug related support group. A bilingual and culturally sensitive program, personalized to meet the individual needs of youth and to enhance the strengths and assets of each family. We provide individual, group, and family counseling for youth and families facing the challenges that arise in the process of growing up. http://www.barriosunidos.net 831-457-8208
1817 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ CO, G, M, PS, SS ]

Bay Area Children's Association (BACA)

The Bay Area Children's Association (BACA) is a evidence-based, multi-disciplinary mental health care facility serving children, adolescents, young adults and their families. BACA offers outpatient services as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). BACA offers a young adult IOP, adolescent IOP and latency-aged IOP.
1175 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 14, San Jose CA 95129; 111 Myrtle Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland CA 94607. [ CO, HW, PS ]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring program that provides children and youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. In addition to its one-to-one mentoring program, Big Brothers Big Sisters also offers an after school enrichment and mentoring program at two low income housing complexes in south Santa Cruz County (Pajaro Valley Unified School District). There is no fee for service. Bilingual services are available. Phone: 464-8691
1500 41st Ave, Suite 250 Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SE ]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County

A youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social, and character development of girls and boys ages 6-18.\r\nAfterschool program hours: M, T,Th,F 2-7pm, W - 12:30-7pm. \r\nTransportation to the club is available afterschool.\r\nSummer program hours: M-F 7:30am - 6:00pm\r\nCost: $81.00 annual membership fee\r\n During the afterschool and summer programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County, Club members are encouraged to participate in a variety of programs and activities that promote good character, academic success, personal responsibility, exploration and fun. While at the Club, members are placed in age appropriate groups and have scheduled time in each of our program areas, ensuring they receive a fulfilling, well-rounded experience. Activities include homework help & tutoring, computer & technology programs, arts & crafts projects, gym/sports activities,swimming,games-room tournaments and much more!
543 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 925 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ A, FY, HW, M, PS, REC, SE ]

California Department of Education Procedural Safeguards Referral Service

Provides technical assistance information and resources for parents, school districts, advocates, agencies and others of procedural safeguards regarding students between ages 3 and 21 with disabilities and their educational rights. 479-6431
See Website [ A, LS, PS, SPED ]

California Youth Crisis Line

STATEWIDE. Crisis line for youth and parents. Support and referrals provided. Patch through system to connect runaway youth to their parents by phone. Relay system to carry messages between youth and parents. Bilingual services available. Free. 1-800-843-5200
Phone Only [ FY, H, PS ]

Community Education Classes (Sutter Santa Cruz)

Classes include: Infant Massage, Baby Sign Language Workshop & Play Group, & New Mom/Baby Yoga and support. Phone: (831) 477-2200
2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95065 [ HW, PS ]

Community Support Services

Provides housing, treatment, case coordination, and peer support services that support and educate mental health consumers and their families. (831) 459-0444
542 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, HW, H, M, PS, SPED ]

Counseling Services: Family Service Agency of the Central Coast

Offering general,couples,family, and group counseling for all ages, and stages of life. Sliding fee scale/Medi-Cal/Medicare. LGBTQ inclusive, open to all. Bilingual receptionist Mon - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Santa Cruz and Soquel. Bilingual services offered. Phone: 831-423-9444, Fax: 831-423-1532
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 & 2901 Park Ave, Suite A3, Soquel, CA 95073 [ CO, HW, PS, Q ]

Diversity Center Youth Progam

The Diversity Center Youth Program offers opportunities and activities for queer youth and allies that focus on support, community, and leadership. There are two weekly queer youth meet-ups, Friday from 3:30-6pm at First Christian Church in Watsonville, and Saturdays at the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz from 1-3:30pm. We also have several events during the year including the Breaking the Silence Rally, Back to School Bonfire, and the ever popular, Queer Camp. Additionally, we regularly visit school GSA/QSAs, and host workshops on writing, digital technology, healthy relationships, and more. Please follow Diversity Center Youth Program on tumblr and facebook, or check out our website for up to date information on upcoming events.
1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95062 [ PS, Q, SS ]

Dominican Breast Feeding Services

Helps new mothers learn how to breast feed their children.
1555 Soquel Dr Santa Cruz, CA 95065 [ HW, PS ]

Easter Seals Central California- Santa Cruz County

Information, referrals, support groups, and other services for youth and adults with disabilities. Services for disabled children in the classroom and at home. Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30opm. (831) 684-2166
9010 Soquel Drive, Suite 1, Aptos, CA 95003 [ CO, HW, PS, SPED ]

Fairgrounds Child Development Center (Community Bridges)

Serving children ages 3-5 years old.
2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville 95076 (831) 786-9621 [ A, DC, FN, HW, PS ]

Families in Transition (FIT)

FIT works closely with families with children throughout Santa Cruz County who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Options include: One time rental assistance payments to prevent eviction or obtain housing Time limited phased rental assistance. Housing scholarships while a parent is completing a job training program. Transitional housing for up to 18 months. Shared supportive housing for parents in recovery. (831) 458-7124
210 High St Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ H, PS, SE ]

Family Preservation Court (FPC)

The FPC provides treatment and supportive services to families who are involved with the Human Services Department Family and Children's Services (HSD/FCS) Division due to parental substance abuse. lynn.harrison@co.santacruz.ca.us
1 Second Street, Room 300 Watsonville, CA 95076, [ CO, HW, LS, PS ]

First 5 of Santa Cruz County

They work to ensure that family-friendly services and education are available. (831) 465-2217
4450 Capitola Rd Capitola, CA 95010 [ HW, LS, PS ]

Highlands Park Child Development Center (Community Bridges)

The Infant Program: 3 months - 18 months. The Toddler Program: 18 months -3 years. The Preschool Program: 3 years -5 years. This program includes three healthy, vegetarian meals daily in each of its programs.
8500 Hwy 9 Ben Lomond, CA 95005, (831) 336-2857 [ DC, FN, HW, PS ]

La Manzana Community Resources - Community Bridges

Application Assistance: Help with enrollment and reporting for government services (i.e. Cal-Fresh, unemployment), job applications, housing applications, resume building and more. Community Advocacy: We seek to meet the needs of families through bi-lingual, bi-cultural support on both a long and short-term basis. Our drop-in advocacy support aims to help our community access resources and set goals to address issues such as employment rights, landlord/tenant issues, consumer issues and health care access. We also offer oral translation (by telephone) for non-English speakers, employers and landlords. Healthcare Access: Our advocates are here to enroll your family in programs such as Medi-Cal and the Covered California Health Exchange, and will help you select a primary care provider. Summer Lunch: Offers free meals to youth during the summer throughout Santa Cruz County. Also, offers nutrition education, food sampling and physical education for children and families at the Summer Lunch sites. Triple P/Parenting Classes: Provides families with 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 routines, communicating with teens, and more. Food Distribution: Food distribution the first Friday of the month at 10 AM.
521 Main St, Suite Y Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FN, PS ]

Monarch Services ~ Servicios Monarca

Monarch provides advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Monarch also provides prevention education in classrooms and community community settings. Prevention education is geared toward creating awareness around healthy relationships, communication, affirmative consent, being an active bystander, and understanding the dynamics of human trafficking.
233 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076; 1509 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ CO, HW, LS, PS, Q, REC, SS ]

Monterey Bay Career Connect

Monterey Bay Career Connect is your one-stop hub for college and career readiness. Providing free and accessible information to the community, users can explore career pathways, find local scholarships, take a career assessment, find career matches and local salary information, explore related academic programs and view live job postings in the Monterey Bay region. The site features a Resume Builder which allows users to build and save multiple resumes online by signing in via email.
[ A, CO, FY, M, PS, SPED, SE ]

Mood Matters Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN)

Mood Matters is a weekly, drop-in, peer support discussion group for persons with depression or bipolar disorder. Family and friends are welcome. There are no dues or fees. Meets — Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA For more information contact: Steve Wiesinger 831-246-1893 Jesika 408-489-6377
1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, PS, SPED ]

Mountain Community Resources (San Lorenzo Valley Area)

Free weekly program for parents and their children birth to 2 years of age. Come play with your children and encourage their healthy growth and development while gathering information and skills to support your growth as a parent.
6134 Highway 9 Felton, CA 95018 [ PS, REC ]

NAMI Parental Support

NAMI Santa Cruz County offers support and classes for families of children with mental illness and for young adults who have mental illness. Our website lists local resources, support groups, peer and parent education classes and community events. We offer classes in the fall and spring that teach families the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themselves. The class covers the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family; and provides tools to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child. For more information visit our website or call (831) 427-8020.
Old Sashmill, 303 Potrero, Bldg 42, Suite 103, Santa Cruz. 523-B Capitola Ave., Capitola, CA 95010. [ CO, PS ]

Nuevo Dia Child Development Center (Community Bridges)

Serving children ages 3-5 years
Serving children ages 3-5 years old. 135 Liebrandt Street, Santa Cruz 95060, (831) 426-1276 [ A, DC, FN, HW, PS ]

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 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 ]

Redwood Mountain Preschool (Community Bridges)

Serving children ages 3-5 years old.
7103 Highway 9, Suite A, Felton, CA, (831) 335-3222 [ A, DC, FN, HW, PS ]

Santa Cruz County Department Of Child Support Services

The Department Of Child Support Services provides the following services: Establish court orders for paternity, child support, and medical coverage; Locate the non-custodial parent and his/her assets to enforce the court order; Maintain accounts of payments paid and past due; Modify court orders when appropriate; Enforce court orders for child, family, and medical support; and spousal support in conjunction with child support. Our services are available to all parents and/or legal guardians, we assist in providing financial assistance for the children in their care through the collection of child support.
420 May Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ HW, LS, PS ]

Santa Cruz County Parents Association (SCCPA)

Assists parents and children through childcare subsidy and/or assistance programs for eligible families.
9047 Soquel Drive Suite D Aptos, California 95003 [ DC, PS ]

Shine a Light Counseling Center

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit counseling center in Santa Cruz & Los Gatos, California. Our goal is to provide high quality yet affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. We provide services on a sliding scale, meaning that our fees are based upon your income.
305 Soquel Ave. Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95062; 315 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030. [ CO, HW, PS ]

SPIN of Santa Cruz County (Special Parents Information Network)

Parent-to-parent support, networking, and resource information over the phone and educational workshops for parents of children of all ages with special needs. P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 (831)722-2800 info@spinsc.org
P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 [ A, CO, PS, SPED ]

Suicide Prevention Service

Suicide Crisis Line for anyone who is contemplating suicide, is concerned about another person, or is experiencing an emotional crisis. Open to residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. Available 24/7 at 1-877-663-5433. Educational presentations, service provider trainings, and bereavement support groups for survivors of suicide loss also available by contacting the administrative (business hours only) line at 831-459-9373. Phone Only
Phone Only [ CO, HW, PS, Q, SS ]

Survivors Healing Center

Survivors Healing Center offers group therapy to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Support groups are available for women and men as well as for teenage girls and boys.
104 Walnut Avenue, Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, HW, PS ]

Sycamore Street Child Development Center (Community Bridges)

Serving children ages 3-5 years
121 Sycamore Street, Santa Cruz 95060 (831) 454-9920 [ A, DC, FN, HW, PS ]

The Diversity Center

The Diversity Center Santa Cruz County is building an equitable community where LGBTQ+ people thrive.
1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060 [ HW, M, PS, Q, REC, SS, SE ]

The Lotus Collaborative

The Lotus Collaborative is a holistic health and recovery center for eating disorders. We specializing in eating, weight, exercise, and nutrition concerns including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia, and compulsive exercising. We provide partial hospitalization services, intensive outpatient services, free eating disorder support groups, family therapy, nutritional counseling and transitional living. Our Free Support Groups are open to anyone in the community struggling with an eating disorder, as well as those supporting a loved one who is struggling. We serve teens (14+) and adults — female, male and transgender from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose and San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. More information about our free supports groups can be found on our website.
701 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 1610 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. [ CO, FN, HW, M, PS ]

Together In The Park, Live Oak & Santa Cruz (LOFRC & Santa Cruz Adult School)(Watsonville/Aptos Adult Ed)

Parenting support and information along with age appropriate activities. Parents and their children, birth to 5 years are welcome. Tuesdays, 10AM-12Noon at Jose Ave. Park, Live Oak. Thursdays, 10AM-12noon at Frederick Street Park Santa Cruz. or call 429-3966. In South County, call 786-2160. In Felton, call 335-6600.
319 La Fonda Ave Santa Cruz, California 95062 [ M, PS, REC ]

Vista Verde Child Development Center (Community Bridges)

Serving children ages 3-5 years
Serving children ages 3-5 years old. 1940 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville 95076, (831) 724-3749 [ A, DC, FN, HW, PS ]

Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic, and other recreational activities to cement a bond among police officers, recreation leaders, youth and their parents.
130 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FY, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SS, SE ]

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

Supplemental food and nutrition program for low- income pregnant and breast feeding mothers and children under 5 years old. Santa Cruz http://www.thefoodbank.org/need-food/wic/
800 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville [ FN, PS ]