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: Social and Emotional Rollercoaster Years

November 28, 8:30-9:45 AM
Saxe Middle School, Cafeteria

Network with front-liners and fellow 7th grade parents about shifting friendship groups, social norms, and navigating the digital landscape

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Puberty Yikes!

November 29, 9:30 AM
Puberty Yikes!
Saxe Middle School, Faculty Dining Room

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD
Gain a better understanding of the physical and emotional changes that occur during adolescent development and learn how you can support your child through these rollercoaster years

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 and 7 PM
HALO Studios
Speaker: Chris Bogart, PhD

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

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

Parent Forum: Healthy and Unhealthy Risks

December 5, 7:30 PM
New Location: HALO Studios
45 Grove Street
Speakers: Mike Topazio and CARES high school leadership students

Distracted driving, underage drinking, Juul and risk taking – hear from our students the most effective ways of communicating on these tough topic

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Puberty: Making it a Positive Experience

January 10, 9:30 AM
Saxe Middle School
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Build your confidence and competence with conversations about healthy development
and sexuality. Learn strategies that help you create a positive experience with your child

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

All Preschool Program: Transition to Kindergarten

January 11, 9:30 AM
East School

Learn valuable insights that will help you prepare your child for kindergarten including daily schedules, bus routines and social-emotional developmental milestones
NCPS & CARES – Joint Program

No Registration Required

*Snow date is January 12th.

Wonder Years: All Preschool Program: Prepare to Move Onward and Upward

January 23, 10-11 AM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Alexandra Potts

Support social and emotional maturation while developing skills that provide a firm foundation for academics

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Stress, Resilience and Accountability

January 25, 9:30 AM and 7 PM
New Canaan YMCA
Speaker: Frank Bartolomeo, PhD

Learn valuable parenting tips to help you raise resilient and accountable children in a time and place that can sometimes feel stressful and indulgent

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

Social Media: Monitoring and Boundary Setting

February 6, 9:30 AM
East School
Speaker: Jake Kircher

Keep pace with the ever-changing digital landscape while developing an effective technology plan for your family

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Resilience Building: Tweens and Teens

February 8
9:30 AM New Canaan YMCA
7 PM NCHS, Wagner Room
Speaker: Tracey Masella, LCSW

Stay ahead of the curve with conversations and strategies that build resilience in your tween and teen children – special guests high school leadership students

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