Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy

First Advisor

Mayra Melendrez

Second Advisor

Alica Hernandez-Sanchez


Parenting is very rewarding and enjoyable, yet it can be challenging and exhausting. Therefore, there is no right way to be a parent. At La Manzana Community Resources (LMCR), a family program of Community Bridges, there is a strong belief in strengthening families within the Santa Cruz County community. That is why LMCR provides various services such as, Triple-P Positive Parenting Program. Triple-P, funded by First 5, provides parents and caregivers parenting support ranging from birth to 12 years of age, with additional support for families with teens, and families of children with special needs. The main purpose of this capstone project was to find a cause as to why there is a high dropout rate with parents through the use of surveys. This study used a sample of 15 parents and caregivers from two different parenting classes to prevent biased answers. Results indicated that Triple-P classes are effective for parents learning. Future research may involve following up with parents who have dropped out of these classes to get additional feedback, yet continue surveying parents who stay and complete the courses.