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Start off the School Year With Our Smart Start Tips!

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5th Grade Smart Start

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Understanding the Teen Brain

Parenting Through Societal Pressures

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Get The Most Out of Parent - Teacher Conferences

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A Parent’s Guide to Modern Teen Dating

A Parent’s Guide to Modern Teen Dating On Wednesday, March 9th, New Canaan CARES, and NCHS PFA presented “A Parent’s Guide to Modern Teen Dating” with Emma Kate Freatman, LPC

Honesty, Reassurance: How to Talk to Kids About Ukraine

Honesty, Reassurance: How to Talk to Kids About Ukraine The war in Ukraine is on all of our minds and hearts, including our children. Associated Press reporter Leanne Italie wrote

2022 Anti-Vaping Campaign

The New Canaan Coalition is pleased to announce the 2022 substance use and misuse campaign focused on vaping.  Last year the anti-vaping campaign was highly successful in utilizing a peer-to-peer

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“I keep my CARES handouts posted to my pantry wall, and with each child, I go back to the basics (i.e, the 24 hour rule, avoid being your child’s best friend, resist the urge to rescue, and many more). These nuggets have provided a sense of security and sanity through many challenging moments of childrearing.”

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