Never Miss a CARES Event Again – Download CARES Calendar Right to Your Phone!

Download a customized CARES calendar directly to your phone! This will ensure you stay up to date on upcoming programs, any changes that are made, and never miss a valuable program! Click HERE to view our e-calendar. You are now able to subscribe to our full calendar OR by category (Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School or Community).

Also, you can download a hardcopy of the FALL 2019 Calendar HERE.

LIKE Documentary Screening – January 23rd

Wednesday, January 23rd, 7PM
Saxe Middle School

The documentary LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives and how we can learn to navigate it more safely together. There will be a brief panel discussion following the movie.

Sponsored by New Canaan Cares, Saxe PTC, NCHS PFA and The Riverwalk Group.

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


Family Conversations: Helping Youth Make Smart, Healthy Decisions

May 2, 7 PM
NCHS, Wagner Room

Rising freshman and their families explore the ins and outs of high school transition, from schedules and extra curricular to avoiding negative outcomes. Breakout session for youth with high school leaders.


CARES Welcomes New Executive Director

New Canaan CARES enthusiastically welcomes Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW as our new Executive Director! Ellen knows our community, is already established with our local partners and has outreach in surrounding communities which will serve to enhance our town’s local programs. Most importantly, Ellen is passionate about CARES mission and she has the vision to move our organization into its 40th year and beyond!”

Ellen received her Master’s in Social Work in Program Planning and Clinical Work from Columbia University. Ellen is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of CT and has a long history of working in prevention education and program planning.

Prior to her role as Executive Director of New Canaan CARES, she served as Director of Community Relations at Silver Hill Hospital. She has worked closely with New Canaan Cares and the New Canaan Coalition and is knowledgeable about the issues facing New Canaan’s youth and families. Ellen offers an excellent balance of clinical, program development and community outreach experience.

Ellen spent the previous 18 years working for the City of Stamford Health and Social Services Department in their HIV Prevention Program, first as the HIV Prevention Educator and then as the HIV Prevention Supervisor. Ellen also has consulted at the Stamford Counseling Center as an individual/couple/family therapist. She has also supervised school social workers in the Stamford School Based Health Centers as well as HIV case managers. Ellen began her career as a medical social worker in the AIDS unit at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY where she also planned educational programs for both staff and the community.

Additionally Ellen serves on the Board of Directors for a new non-profit, the Youth Mental Health Project whose goal is
to empower families and communities to act with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to support the social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health of youth.

Paddle Tournament Fundraiser

January 5, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
@ New Canaan Field Club
164 Smith Ridge Road

$75 registration fee includes paddle and lunch
$25 lunch only
Paddle limited to first 20 players, lunch open to all, register today!


Fall 2017 Leadership Challenge Program

2017 Fall Leadership Challenge 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. Students will walk away with 10-15 hours of service learning and 45 hours of leadership training and the knowledge that they have made a difference.To nominate a leadership candidate, please complete registration below.
Nominated leadership applicants are required to submit a brief leadership survey detailing their interest in leadership.  The “Leadership Journey” survey can be found here.  Once completed, please email to The Fall Leadership Challenge program will begin mid-September 2017.