LOCATIONS:  Classes are held around Portland Metro (Oregon)
SCHOLARSHIPS: We are committed to serving every family who wants to participate. Please email if the regular fee is at all going to be a stretch for your family.



What we do

Parent Support Center, Inc., located in Portland, Oregon and serving the Pacific Northwest region, was established in 1988 in response to an unmet need for effective parenting classes available to all, regardless of ability to pay. Founder JoAnne Nordling, a former teacher and school counselor, and Lorraine Heller, a former Head Start Teacher, began offering the Caring Discipline program, and we now offer training, classes --both in-person and online, workshops, materials, resources, inspiration, and ongoing support to parents and educators. 

"Parents love the book and the curriculum. We had parents say that this changed their lives. What a powerful gift to them!"
-Kristin Lasher & Cheri Shea, Portland Public Schools counselor and teacher
What We've Achieved      
  • 32 years of delivering evidence-informed, researched-based curriculum  to teachers and parents

  • Served hundreds of families with reduced tuition to our class series through our scholarship program

  • Featured in The Oregonian

  • Shared classroom management techniques with educators from preschools throughout Portland, Oregon 

Our Mission

Parent Support Center, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and to strengthening and enriching family and classroom environment. 

Our Goals
  • Strengthen families so that they thrive with research-based tools

  • Strengthen classroom and day care learning environments

  • Raise emotional intelligence, self-esteem and feelings of competency in children and adults

  • Teach effective methods of discipline

  • Reduce stress levels for children, parents, and teachers

  • Create home and school environments which encourage children to mature towards becoming the very best they are capable of becoming

  • Prevent child abuse

Parent Support Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff and subcontractors, selection of vendors and agencies, and provision of services. We are committed to providing and inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, subcontractors, clients, and vendors.