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


7th Grade Networking: Spring Surprises

March 27, 9:30 AM
Saxe Middle School, Auditorium

Speakers: Steve Bedard & Meg Domino, PhD

Channel the chaos and distractions, while keeping your 7th grader motivated to finish the year strong, as the days of winter blossom into the crazy days of spring.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

6th Grade Networking: Staying Ahead of the Next Curve

April 3, 9:30 AM
Saxe Middle School, Auditorium

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD
Get a preview of some important boundaries that keep the sailing smooth, the respect level high and the social media challenges at bay with your sixth grader.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Scheduling Meaningful Activities and Setting Boundaries

April 17, 9:30 AM
East School

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Get ahead of the curve by preparing now for a spring and summer full of meaningful experiences, traditions and age-appropriate boundaries that will build resilience and self esteem for summer and beyond.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Family Conversations: Helping Youth Make Smart, Healthy Decisions

April 18, 7 PM
NCHS, Room 204/205

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)  

Wonder Years: All Preschool Program: Strategies for Living Well

April 19, 10 AM
NC Library, Lamb Room

Speaker: Mary Robbins, LCSW

Taking care of yourself is not selfish, but a necessity. Learn realistic self-care tips to help you feel more balanced, connected and energized.

Children Welcome

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

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)  

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