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.

“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


Transition to Kindergarten

January 10th, 9:30AM
*Snow Date January 11th, 9:30AM
East School

Come for a presentation and conversation about preparation for kindergarten, including social, emotional, and developmental milestones. Bring your questions! Younger siblings welcome.

Pre-Register for Kindergarten 2019 by visiting New Canaan Public Schools website at Click on “Parents”, then “Kindergarten Registration”


LIKE Documentary Screening

Wednesday, January 23rd, 7PM
Saxe Middle School

The documentary LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives and how we can learn to navigate it more safely together. There will be a brief panel discussion following the movie.

Sponsored by New Canaan Cares, Saxe PTC, NCHS PFA and The Riverwalk Group.


YWL Empowering Women Series: Financial Fitness

January 24th, 9:30-11AM
NC Historical Society, Lindstrom Rm

Common financial challenges that women face will be explored in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Participants will also be given techniques to teach kids financial responsibility. You will
walk away with easy to digest practices women can start using right away.

Details Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  


Joint Elementary PTC Meeting: What is (Wrong) Right with my Child?

February 12th, 9:30AM
East School
Speaker: Alexandra “Bunny” Potts

Do you ever wonder why your child acts a certain way? Learn how to understand and celebrate your child as the unique individual he/she is! Discover ways to appreciate and nurture your child even if they are very different from yourself or siblings.

Details Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Tween/Teen Program: Building Extraordinary Relationships with our Kids Through Daily Conversations

February 27th, 7PM
Saxe Middle School Auditorium
Speaker: Amy Alamar, EdD

Raising healthy children with an ability to sustain meaningful relationships is a challenge even in the most ideal situations. Add on hormones, attitude, personality and technology – welcome to the tween and teen years. Based on Amy’s new book The Parenting Project.

Details Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

2018-2019 Program Topics

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Birth Order & Development
  • Body Image & Eating Disorders
  • Boundaries & Limit Setting
  • Cliques, Exclusion and Other Mean Behaviors
  • Cyber Safety
  • Dating & Intimacy
  • Decision Making & Leadership
  • Developmental Milestones – physical, social, academic
  • Independence & Responsibility
  • Nutrition & Health,
  • Organizing your Family
  • Overindulgence
  • Parallel Parenting – Working as a Team
  • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Positive Discipline
  • Pressured Child (social, academic, athletic)
  • Puberty & 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