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.

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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


All Preschool Program: School Readiness – Preparing to Move On

March 9, 10-11 AM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Bunny Potts

Support social and emotional development of your preschooler while developing skills that provide a firm foundation for academics

Price Qty*
RSVP show details + $0.00 (USD)  

Maximizing Sibling Interactions, Minimizing Sibling Rivalries

March 14, 9:15 AM
South School, South Hall
Speaker: Bunny Potts

Foster healthy sibling relationships while learning when to step in, and when to stand clear of sibling bickering and conflict.

Price Qty*
Free Ticket show details + $0.00 (USD)  

Developing a Technology Plan for Your Family

March 14, 9:30 AM
West School, Brow Bag Theater
Speaker: Jake Kircher

Take the guesswork out of parental controls and create a technology plan that works for you and your family. Learn important tips to maximize learning and minimize over exposure with digital devices.

Price Qty*
Free Ticket show details + $0.00 (USD)  

All Preschool Program: Fostering Friendship Skills with Your Preschooler

March 15, 10-11 AM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Jake Kircher

Empower your preschooler to practice basic friendship skills while developing a sense of self-control and boundaries.

Price Qty*
Free Ticket show 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