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.

To request a program topic, click here. For a complete listing of this year’s topics, see below.

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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.”



All FORTNITED Out: How much is too much video gaming and what to do about it

April 2nd, 7PM
NCHS, Wagner Room
Come hear from experts in the field and a young adult who struggled with video game overuse. Parents with children of all ages welcome!

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…

Joint Elementary PTC Meeting: What is (wrong) Right With My Child

April 23rd, 9:30AM
East School
Speaker: Alexandra “Bunny” Potts
Learn how to understand and celebrate your child as the unique individual he/she is! Discover ways to appreciate and nurture your child even …

YWL Empowering Series: The Art of Balance

May 1st, 7PM
NC Historical Societyl
Speaker: Dr. Theresa Federici
This workshop will help women explore the value of balance in their lives. You will walk away with ideas and tips on how to find balance …

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.
Family Converations: Helping Youth Make Healthy Decisions
May 8th, 7PM
NCHS Choral Room
Rising freshman and their families explore the ins and outs of high school transition, from schedules and extra curriculars to avoiding negative outcomes.
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…

2019 Program Topics

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Birth Order & Development
  • Body Image & Eating Disorders
  • Boundaries & Limit Setting
  • Cliques, Exclusion and Other Mean Behaviors
  • Cyber Safety
  • Dating & Intimacy
  • Decision Making & Leadership
  • Developmental Milestones – physical, social, academic
  • Independence & Responsibility
  • Nutrition & Health,
  • Organizing your Family
  • Overindulgence
  • Parallel Parenting – Working as a Team
  • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Positive Discipline
  • Pressured Child (social, academic, athletic)
  • Puberty & 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