News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Police Department Presents Parenting Skills Program
Contact : Agent Donna Arndt, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2413
Officer Melda Christmas, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA - The Palo Alto Police Department, in partnership with the Palo Alto Unified School District, is proud to present the second session of the Palo Alto Parent Project, a nationally-renowned parenting skills program specifically designed for parents with strong-willed or out of control adolescents.
The Parent Project has won three state awards in California and has been adopted for use by public safety agencies and community-based organizations throughout the nation because of its success in preventing, identifying and intervening in the most destructive of adolescent behaviors.

The Parent Project addresses the critical issues parents face and offers practical, "no nonsense" solutions. It is the only program of its kind designed specifically to address the most destructive behaviors of high-risk adolescents. It is supported by over 20 years of development, research and real-life experience.

The Palo Alto Police Department started the program in September 2007 and graduated its first class in December 2007. Agent Donna Arndt and Officer Melda Christmas are the certified facilitators who will be teaching the course. In addition, Michael O’Neill, the principal of Juana Briones School and Maria Christina Ordenana, with the Voluntary Transfer Program of PAUSD, will be co-facilitating the course. Maria, who is bilingual, will be providing Spanish-speaking instruction in our program. Another exciting addition to the program is that child care will be provided to parents who need it to attend the classes. The 11-week spring session starts on March 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the PAUSD District Office located at 25 Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto. The cost of the program is $135. If parents commit to attending all 11 classes, the Palo Alto Adult Education program will pay $100 of the class cost for a net cost of $35 for each parent. Interested parents can sign up by calling 650-617-3100, ext. 1321. They can also e-mail Officer Melda Christmas at to register.   

Internet users can access additional information on the program via the Palo Alto Police Department’s official website at