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.

To request a program topic, click here.
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


Social Success and Resilience

April 24, 9:15 AM
South School

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Identify activities and opportunities that foster social success, responsible decision making and leadership, while strengthening your child’s resilience and self-confidence.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Family Conversations: Helping Youth Make Smart, Healthy Decisions

May 2, 7 PM
NCHS, Wagner Room

Rising freshman and their families explore the ins and outs of high school transition, from schedules and extra curricular to avoiding negative outcomes. Breakout session for youth with high school leaders.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Launch into Summer with Summer Enrichment Ideas for Your Family

May 15, 9:30 AM
West School

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Create meaningful, age-appropriate experiences for your elementary children and your entire family, while avoiding the chaos that often accompanies the hot days of summer.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

2017 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