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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© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler
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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.”



Parents & Middle/High School Teens: Vaping 101: A Community Conversation

November 20, 7PM, NCHS, Wagner Room Speaker: Dr. Stephen Dewey Parents and 6-12 graders will learn the facts about vaping, the effects on physical & emotional health and most importantly the long term consequences on the brain. In partnership with RAM Council & NC Parents Support Group

Elementary/Middle/High School: A Positive Approach to Navigating Social Media & Technology

November 21, 8:30AM, NC Country School, Auditorium Whether your child has a smartphone, flip phone or no phone, Josh Lutkus of The Social Institute offers ways to help parents guide children in making positive choices about technology. Pre-registration required. In partnership with NC Country School

Elementary/Middle/High School: Your Happiness was Hacked

December 4, 7PM Saxe Middle School, Auditorium Speaker: Alex Salkever, co-author This workshop will provide practical tools to help you purposefully and effectively use technology while protecting the well-being of our children and ourselves. Sponsored by NCPS PTC & PFA Book provided to first 100 people to arrive

Elementary: Friendship Matters: Fostering Connections in Childhood

January 7, 9:30AM East School Speaker: Dr. Lauren Pote Come learn about friendship skills during each developmental stage. What can we expect our children to understand about friendship and how can we help them while fostering their independence? Joint PTC Program

All Preschool Program: Transition to Kindergarten

January 16, 9:30AM East School Learn valuable insights that will help you prepare your child for kindergarten including daily schedules, bus routines and social emotional developmental milestones. Snow Date - January 17th Joint NCPS & CARES Program

Middle/High School Book Discussion: How to Raise an Adult

January 16, 6:30PM Elm Street Books, New Canaan Facilitated by Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW Join other parents to talk about how to prepare our kids for success. Space limited to 15 attendees

Middle/High School: Raising Humans in a Digital World

February 5, 6:30PM Saxe Middle School, Auditorium Speaker: Diana Graber, Author Parents will learn how to help their children use the digital world wisely. Leave with resources to help your child build a healthy relationship with technology. Topics will include safety concerns and online reputation. In partnership with Saxe PTC

Preschool/Early Elementary How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen

February 26, 10AM NC Library, Lamb Room Speaker: Beth O’Brien,  Head of Early Childhood, NC Country School Parents of 2-7 year olds! Based on the popular book, come learn strategies for communicating effectively with the young children in your life. Help your little kids grow into self-reliant big kids who are positively connected to their parents, teachers, siblings and peers!

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