Friends of Parents’ Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and promote the Parents’ Place program through financial contributions and volunteerism. Located in Pacific Grove, California, Parents' Place is a program for parents and their babies and toddlers ages birth to 3 years. It is part of the Pacific Grove Adult Education Program. You meet with other parents and their children to learn about your child's development and how to become a more effective parent. Parents' Place offers age-related classes as well as specialty classes.

Parents' Place's mission is to provide parents with information needed to nurture their children in a positive, healthy, and loving environment;

To offer an atmosphere of support and comfort which encourages the building of a community of parent-to-parent relationships;

To honor and respect family in all of its forms;

And to promote a sound educational curriculum that increases parents’ confidence and allows for diversity in learning modes.


Golden Bell Award, 2003

-- California School Boards Association

Community Impact Award, 2004

-- Monterey County Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

Front Line Award, 2005

-- Child Abuse Prevention Council of Monterey County

Funds raised by Friends of Parents’ Place have made some major improvements possible at Parents’ Place, including hot water heater installation, window replacement, and new carpet. Friends also provides funds for new toys and books, a music program, and specialized teacher training, such as infant massage. Planned projects include:

* the Roots & Wings Garden Project
* sponsorship of an annual speaker series
* expansion of the library and creation of an online library catalog database
* expansion of the music enrichment program

Friends of Parents' Place has many projects, and we welcome volunteers of all kinds, for one-time jobs or ongoing tasks. Volunteer skills needed include:

* office support
* grant writing and fundraising
* public relations
* construction, painting, and landscaping
* art and graphic design
* computer skills
* childcare for project work days

Please contact us at




When: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: California Pizza Kitchen
1100 Del Monte Center
Monterey, CA 93940

What: Bring a flyer and 20% of your tab goes straight to Parents' Place


Bring your friends and family, and enjoy good food for a good cause. Your taste buds will thank you, and so will we.


President: Jennifer Pope
Vice President: Ashley McDonnell
Secretary: Cate Lee
Treasurer: Ana Soares
Board member: Ari Rettinger
Board member: Jen Bliss
Board member: Andrea Calvert
Board member: Emma Vetter
Board member: Mari Grijalva
Board member: Wendy Root Askew
Board member: Lisa Thomas