What we do

Parent Support Center, Inc., located in Portland, Oregon and serving the Pacific Northwest region, was established in 1989 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, 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      
  • Evidence-informed, researched-based curriculum to teachers and parents since 1989

  • 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 throughout Portland, OR

Our Mission

Parent Support Center, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to strengthening and enriching family and classroom relationships through education and support.

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

  • Strengthen classroom and daycare learning environments

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

  • Teach effective and caring 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.