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About Us

Mission

New Canaan CARES is an independent, non-profit community organization whose purpose is to advance the health and well-being of youth and families. CARES provides responsive educational programs that support and strengthen parenting skills, positive youth development, and healthy lifestyles – free-of-charge.

Inclusion Statement

As an organization, we stand for individuality, against racism and work to educate the New Canaan community and beyond with our responsive programming.

Local Prevention Council

New Canaan CARES is the state-sponsored Local Prevention Council for the Town of New Canaan. As the LPC, New Canaan CARES helps to organize and facilitate the New Canaan Coalition – a group of affected families, community organizations, concerned citizens, faith organizations, first responders, government, the recovery community, schools and youth organizations, and treatment centers, committed to enhancing the lives of New Canaan youth and families through education, prevention, and positive programs.

The specific goals of LPCs are to increase public awareness of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention and stimulate the development and implementation of local prevention activities primarily focused on youth.

OUR TEAM

Executive Director

Judy Phillips

Judy has been working throughout her career, both professionally and personally, with a focus on promoting the positive, healthy development of youth and families.  With a firm belief that we are stronger together, she has built community coalitions to maximize limited resources and touch as many lives as possible.

For the last several years, Judy has served as the President/CEO of the YWCA/Darien Norwalk where she established a strong foundation for the long-term growth of their programs and services.  Judy’s diverse background has included facilitating  educational programs for parents, providing before and after school programs at a local elementary school, supporting youth programs in Nicaragua, working with homeless women and children in New York City, social justice education and advocacy and work in various branches of government.As a Fairfield county native Judy has a deep respect for the history and traditions of the area with an eye towards building for the future.  She knows the importance of engaging the full community and looks forward to working with those who have so strongly supported CARES over the years and to developing relationships with those who aren’t as familiar with our organization.

With a dedicated, engaged Board of Directors, talented staff, passion for providing programs that support our families and the heart of a Mom with a personal stake in the mission, Judy is well equipped and excited to be leading CARES.

Education and Program Coordinator

Stacey Walker, MA

Stacey has been working for New Canaan CARES since 2017. Her career began in 1999 where she taught first grade in the inner city of New York. She quickly realized mental health and education were integral components to family dynamics. With this in mind, she taught parent workshops and created an after school theatre club for her students to express themselves through the arts. Keeping this theme throughout her career in New York, Colorado, and Connecticut, she continued to educate children and parents to promote wellness and growth within each family. Stacey earned her Master’s Degree in Education from New York University and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont. She is a sexual assault crisis advocate, serves on numerous boards, and has piloted programs for Scholastic and Kids in Crisis.

Emma Kate Freatman

East School                            Jill Tobin & Lauren Scherr
South School                        Felicia Jamin & Destiny Ikard
West School                          Sarah Mattern & Ashley Shackelton
Saxe Middle School              Kristie Breed & Sara Sharma
NC High School                     Michelle Kanter & Kaitlyn Lowe
St. Aloysius                            Kate Jarvis
NC Country School               Liz Keogh
St. Luke’s School                   Katie Owsley & Sairah Sheikh
Toddlertime Nursery            TBD
First Presbyterian                  Kim Kroonenburg
Nature Center Preschool     Heather Buscher
St Mark’s Nursery School     Jenn Saldarelli
Playland Nursery School      Emily Alexander & Lauren Crawford
Methodist Preschool            Kelly DelMazio

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Collaborative Programs are presented to and with local organizations, in response to community concerns.

OUR SPONSORS

ACME
Bankwell 
Chamber of Commerce
Consider the Cook

Day Dream Communication
G
reenwich Tile
Karl Chevrolet
PC Linkz

Pennyweights
RR Builders
She La La

The Glass House
Vineyard Vines
Walter Stewart’s Market