Fall Kid Power Program


The KidPOWER program is a unique opportunity for third and fourth graders to learn valuable life skills in an open environment.

Led by a CARES faculty mentor and high school leaders, students are presented with a multitude of interactive games and activities which facilitate communication, problem-solving, self-confidence and resilience. These after-school workshops foster friendship and teamwork, while providing a safe and fun environment for kids to be themselves.


Skills Addressed

  • Self-Confidence
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Team Building

2019 Fall Kid Power Program

Registration is now open – program is limited to 15 students.  Program will consist of 5 sessions on Thursdays, 4:15-5:30 PM.

Fall Program Dates: 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14 and 11/21 


Fall Leadership Program

Leadership Program

This selective semester-long program trains current high school students in the community to become successful driven leaders. This program leaves kids with a multitude of leadership skills designed to serve them in future endeavors even beyond their high school environments. By allowing students to step outside the classroom and get involved in a variety of community organizations, and truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Facilitated by the CARES Executive Director, Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW students are able to grow individually and alongside their peers in a supportive and fun environment. This knowledge filled program leaves students capable and confident to take on the next avenue in their life. Admittance into Leadership Program is by nomination: parent, peer, self, faculty, and/or community leader. Nominations may be sent to CARESinfo@newcanaanCARES.org.

Skills Addressed

  • Public Speaking
  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Poise & Presence

2019 Fall Leadership Program

Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm,
Now accepting nominations for Fall 2019. Nominations may be sent to CARESinfo@newcanaanCARES.org.

Summer Enrichment Program

May 21st, 9:30AM
West School

West school staff and Ellen Brezovsky will provide strategies for a fun, active summer that keeps kids learning.  Stave off the summer slide with these tips on how to keep your child engaged and entertained over the summer.


Wellness Works!

May 8th, 9:30AM
South School

Join us as we discuss all topics related to children’s health and wellness.  Do not miss this panel of leading local experts who will cover the benefits of nutrition, neurofeedback and mental wellness.  Maximize learning, improve sleep habits and overall health with these tips.

The Chris Herren Story: Prevention Starts With All

Wednesday, April 24th, 7-8PM
NCHS, Auditorium

Please join us for an inspiring presentation, as Chris shares his journey navigating the disease of addiction, the road to recovery and his mission to make a difference.

Using Social Media in Positive, Empowering Ways

April 4, 6:30PM
NCHS, Wagner Room

MediaGirls teaches girls to think critically about what media content they’re consuming. In this engaging, interactive workshop, parents and girls will learn concrete strategies to better understand how girls are influenced, for better and worse, by social media and how to use social media to create a more empowering culture.