Strengthening Families

CARES strengthens families by raising awareness on current, controversial and challenging issues facing families today. These cutting-edge programs are research-based and vetted by local parents and educators.

Our aim is two-fold; 1) to assist parents and caregivers of preschoolers, through college-age children to identify and resolve common parenting challenges using a variety of large and small group formats, and 2) enhance parental connections with their children, and facilitate productive family interactions.

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For a complete listing of this year’s topics, see below.

New Canaan Cares, Parents Program
New Canaan Cares, Parents Program
New Canaan Cares, Parents Program

“CARES provides speakers that discuss timely and relevant topics for our New Canaan families. I personally find at least one “take away” skill or point on parenting in each presentation I attend.”

Susan M., Parent, elementary, middle and high school


Managing and Monitoring Early Exposure to Tough Topics

October 11th, 9:15 AM
South School
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Communication and monitoring graphic details, media exposure and stress-producing information with your children

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Alert and Proactive: Navigating the Teen Party and Social Scene

October 13th, 9:30 AM
Wagner Room, NCHS
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Stay ahead of the curve and communicate effectively with your teen about social decisions, boundaries and consequences

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Wonder Years – All Preschool Program: Supporting Strong and Healthy Sibling Relations

October 19th, 10-11 AM
Lamb Room, NC Library

Foster positive connections among siblings, while providing basic skills for resolving conflicts independently

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Developing a Technology Plan for Your Family

October 19th, 9:15 AM
Saxe Program @ South School
Speaker: Jake Kircher

Take the guesswork out of parental controls and start your school year with a technology plan that works for you and your family

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Community Program: The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have

October 26th , 9:30 AM
Lamb Room, NC Library
Author & National Speaker: Laura Gauld

Accepting and honoring the commitment to do the best we can do for our families, plus 10 priorities to guide your parenting efforts

Pre-Registration is required

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Community Program: The Biggest Job: Parenting as Partners

October 26th, 6:30 PM
Lamb Room, NC Library
Authors & National Speakers: Malcolm & Laura Gauld

Work with national experts on how to parent as partners so that your children feel your team effort. *Pre-Registration Required.

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Shopping Event at Vineyard Vines

November 2nd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Vineyard Vines New Canaan

Share your love for CARES by shopping at Vineyard Vines. 10% off to you, 10% goes directly to CARES youth leadership K-12

How Parents Create Boundaries without Guilt

November 2nd, 9:30 AM
East School
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Simplify your life by effectively establishing developmentally appropriate boundaries that your children can respect

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Wonder Years – All Preschool Program: Tantrums and Self Discipline

November 9th, 10-11 AM
Lamb Room, NC Library
Speaker: Bunny Potts

Invaluable tips to help you help your child work through tantrums, meltdowns and other behaviors that call for self-discipline

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Wonder Years- All Preschool Program: Embracing Different Temperaments and Learning Styles

December 6th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Lamb Room, NC Library
Speaker: Mike Topazio

Gain insights into your child’s actions and behaviors by understanding variations in temperament, learning style, gender and birth order

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2016 Program Topics

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Birth Order & Development
  • Body Image & Eating Disorders
  • Boundaries & Limit Setting
  • Cars and Curfews
  • Cliques, Exclusion and Other Mean Behaviors
  • Cyber Safety
  • Dating & Intimacy
  • Decision Making & Leadership
  • Developmental Milestones – physical, social, academic
  • FriendSHIFTS & Frenemies
  • Independence & Responsibility
  • Navigating the Party Scene
  • Nutrition & Health,
  • Organizing your Family
  • Overindulgence
  • Parallel Parenting – Working as a Team
  • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Positive Discipline
  • Pressured Child (social, academic, athletic)
  • Price of Privilege
  • Puberty and Development
  • Resilience & Self-Confidence
  • Self-Care
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Social, Emotional and Physical Changes
  • Social Networking/Monitoring Technology
  • Strengthening your Family Bonds (volunteering, traditions, moments)
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Transitioning to Kindergarten, Middle School and High School