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


Wonder Years – All Preschool Program: Fostering Independence in Your Preschooler

October 19, 10-11 AM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Learn how to empower your preschooler to help them build independent thinking and actions

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

5th Grade Networking: Building Social Competencies

October 24, 8:30-9:45 AM
Saxe Middle School, Cafeteria
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD & Steve Clapp, PhD

Help your child and yourself manage the many pressures to plug-in, fit in, socialize and succeed as he/she navigates the various transitions of middle school

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Community Event: Raising Resilient Children

November 2, 7 PM
Saxe Middle School Auditorium
Speaker: Robert Brooks, PhD

Nurturing motivation and resilience in students of all ages

Sponsored by NCPS Parent Teacher Associations and Parent Faculty Association

No Registration Required

Fostering Social Success in Your Elementary School Child

November 14, 9:15 AM
East School
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

This workshop will provide you with tools to cultivate social success inside and outside of school including shifting friend groups, sibling relations and communicating with adults

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Social Media: Monitoring and Boundary Setting

November 29, 7 – 8:15 PM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Jake Kircher

Harness, monitor and rein in your child’s screen time while learning important tips to maximize learning and minimize over exposure with digital devices

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Resilience and Empowerment: Instilling a Healthy Dose of Both

November 30,
9:30 AM or 7 PM
HALO Studios, 45 Grove Street
Speaker: Chris Bogart, PhD

Provide an environment that fosters mentally healthy and thriving youth. Give your children valuable tools to make independent decisions and learn valuable coping strategies

Price Qty
Nov 30th, 9:30 AM Sessionshow details + $0.00 (USD)  
Nov 30th, 7:00 PM Sessionshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

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