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Adult Programs

*Hidden in Plain Sight program in partnership with the New Canaan Police Department

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 staff, local parents, and educators.

Skills Addressed

  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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“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.


Program Topics

Lessons for Life: Help Your Teen Take Charge of Their Health

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

Media Portrayal of Relationships

Sibling Relationships: Rivalry & Birth Order

Supporting LGBT+ and Questioning Youth

Talk to Me About Puberty

Transition to Kindergarten

Past Program Topics


Birth order
Developmental milestones
Positive disipline


Helping kids manage stress and anxiety
Friendship skills
Fostering independence

Middle School/High School

Middle School/HS rollercoaster (physical, social, emotional)
Social networking/cyber safety
Dating and social relationships
Self esteem/resilience
Decision making and leadership

Community - Local Prevention Council

Generation Vape: From Mods to Pods

Difficult Conversations: Understanding Racism
The Dangerous Truth of Today’s Marijuana
Creating Balance Socially and Emotionally During COVID-10 Re-entry

Skills Addressed

  • Self-Confidence
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Team Building
“I thought parenting would be more intuitive but it became clear to me quickly that it is not. NC CARES provides me with the tool to navigate parenting and how to raise happy and resilient children.”

Felicia J.

“CARES is always on the pulse of what New Canaan needs.”

Anne W.

“New Canaan CARES consistently provides quality, highly relevant education and insights to our community. Our family has benefited greatly from the wide variety of programs as well as the excellent peer networking opportunities which have been invaluable to us as we navigate raising children all encountering different developmental stages. We are grateful to NC CARES for helping us to be better parents!”

Michelle R.

“No matter what age my kids are, there is something that CARES provides that I can relate to and that will help my kids now and in the future.”

Ally D.

“CARES was the first resource I looked to upon moving to New Canaan to help me navigate the ever-changing world of parenting. No matter the age of my kids, or the topic, CARES has always been there to provide information, resources and support. New Canaan is so lucky to have this valuable resource in our community!”

Tindley G.