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.

“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., Parent, elementary, middle and high school


Free Narcan Training

March 22nd 9:15-10:00am Congregational Church of New Canaan Community Room 23 Park Street, New Canaan Additional parking available at the New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge Rd, New Canaan For additional prog …

Hidden In Plain Sight – AM Session

March 26th, 9:30AM NCHS, Wagner Room Speakers: Denique Lewis, SRO Jeff Deak & Emma Kate Freatman, Teen Talk Counselor Walk through a mock teenage bedroom to find clues of high risk behavior. You will lean about drug …

Hidden in Plain Sight – PM Session

March 26th, 7PM NCHS Cafeteria Speakers: Denique Lewis, SRO Jeff Deak & Emma Kate Freatman, Teen Talk Counselor Walk through a mock teenage bedroom to find clues of high risk behavior. You will lean about drug trend …

The Panini Generation: Challenges of Being Your Parent’s Caregiver While Raising Your Own Children

March 27th 7PM NCHS, Wagner Room This panel will cover caregiver roles, adjusting expectations and alleviating caregiver stress. Panelists include Ellen Brezovsky, Executive Director of New Canaan CARES, Kathy Collins, …

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! Appropriate for children grades 5-12.             …

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 bett …

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 if they are ve …

YWL Empowering Series: The Art of Balance

May 1st, 7PM NC Historical Society 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 and maintain it i …

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 menta …

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.  Break-out session for youth and h …

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 …

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