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


Preschool Program: How to Nurture Your Child in a Fast-Paced World

October 3rd, 10-11AM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Alexandra Potts

This workshop will help parents and caregivers navigate the challenges of scheduling, over-scheduling and the search for balance. Learn how to establish reasonable and realistic routines and avoid common parenting traps.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Riding the Roller-Coaster of the Adolescent Brain

October 9th, 7PM
NCHS, Wagner Room
Speaker: Ruth Potee, MD

Learn about the developing and vulnerable adolescent brain. Understand why risk taking, constant use of digital devices and mood swings are all part of the adolescent development.

*In partnership with the NC Parent Support Group

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Helping Families: Understanding and Evaluating Stress and Anxiety

October 10th, 9:30AM
NCHS, Wagner Room
Moderated by Dr. Susan Bliss, NCPS

Learn valuable wellness tips from local professionals to help your family identify, address and manage stress. How do we deal with the stress and anxiety that is part of everyday life? Is there any such thing as good stress? Answers to these questions and more.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

YWL Empowering Women Series: Nurturing Your Passion

October 25th, 7-9PM
NC Historical Society, Lindstrom Rm
Speaker: Dr. Theresa Federici, LCSW

Most of us have fleeting ideas of what we want to be, do or have in our lives. But they remain just that: fleeting. In this workshop, you will gain the tools and time to create a powerful vision board that will help anchor you to your dreams.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Helping Kids Manage Stress

November 13th, 9:30AM
East School
Speaker: Tracey Masella, LCSW

Just like adults, some kids have a hard time managing anxiety caused by stress. Understand what causes anxiety and explore simple strategies to better manage stress and anxiety for both kids and parents. Learn helpful tips for more effective communication with your kids to help navigate the tricky terrain of childhood.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

YWL Empowering Women Series: Healthy Meals in a Busy Lifestyle

November 29th, 9:30-11AM
NC Historical Society, Lindstrom Rm
Speaker: Laurie Findeisen, Certified Wellness Advisor

This workshop will focus on a time-tested approach to healthy eating for the entire family (even picky eaters). Learn how to get the biggest bang for your buck for optimal health without spending hours in the kitchen!

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Adolescent Risky Behaviors

December 5th, 7PM

Discussion with NC CARES high school leadership students.

More Information to Come – Check Back Soon!

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