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: 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

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