Parenting programs

2016 - 2017 programs

Welcome back to the 2016 - 2017 school year!

Please check back in the near future for additional updates to our programs or join our e-news list to be notified of upcoming programs.  All Programs are free and open to the public


Sep 26





Music-Making and Your Child's Developing Mind*

How does musical training during youth impact the development of other mental abilities, such as language, attention, and social behavior?

New research from cognitive and brain science are providing more information about the many benefits for children who participate in music activities. In this one hour presentation, Tufts Professor, Dr. Ani Patel, will describe current research findings, which provide empirical support for the importance of active music-making during the school years.

Dr. Aniruddh Patel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University, where he conducts research on the relationship between music and language. He has many publications on the topic, and has served as president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.


Co-sponsored with the Winchester Community Music School


  Dr. Ani Patel

McCall Middle School Auditorium








New York Times Columnist, Educator and Best-Selling Author, Jessica Lahey, will discuss her lates book, The Gift of Failure:

How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed


Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Laheyexplains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.


Ms. Lahey provides a path toward solutions and most importantly sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures.


Co-sponsored with the Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community


    Dr. Dennis Rosen


Elementary School









Raising Caring and Respectful Children:

Parenting in the Post-Election Climate.

It doesn't matter on which side of the fence you sit, the one thing we can all agree upon is that our recent election has been the most uncivil in modern history.

Rick Weissbourd, of Making Caring Common, will discuss ways in which parents can focus on raising caring and respectful children during this current divisive climate.

Dr. Weissbourd will help parents guide children in:

-Making caring for others a priority

-Developing empathy, including those different from them

-Promoting justice

-Challenging bias constructively


Dr. Richard Weissbourd, author of the book, The Parents We Mean To Be, is a Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Kennedy School and a Founder of Making Caring Common. Dr. Weissbourd's work focuses on how parents can raise more caring and ethical children.

  Dr. Richard Weissbourd

Winchester High School






 Mar 7






LET'S BE HONEST: Communication in Families That Keeps Kids Healthy

Learn how to talk to kids about sex and sexuality and help them make the right choices. This workshop will provide parents with age-appropriate strategies for responding to their children's hard-to-answer questions, as well as techniques for talking about sexuality in a skilled and comfortable manner.

LET'S BE HONEST is a Free Workshop Open to All,

but particularly relevant for parents and other caregivers of 9-12 year olds,designed to help them learn how to create a comfortable environment of trust for talking about sex and sexuality.




Amy Cody, M. Ed.,
Health & Wellness Parent Educator for Planned Parenthood

Griffin Museum

  67 Shore Rd.







Mar 22






Transition to Kindergarten Panel and Resource Fair


Parents and Guardians are invited to join us for this interactive panel to learn about the non-academic aspects of transitioning to Kindergarten.

Panelists include: Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Judith Evans, Elementary School Nurse, Kindergarten Teacher, School Psychologist and Principal

Resource Fair includes:
Parent Representatives from each Elementary School, Enrichment opportunities and After-school care.



Panel includes:

Superintendent of Schools,

Elementary School KindergartenTeacher,

School Nurse, School Psychologist, Principal.

 Winchester    High School



Resource Fair



 Panel and Q&A

7:00 PM



Mar 23






Evening with the Superintendent


Winchester parents and guardians are invited to join us for our annual "Evening with the Superintendent" with Superintendent Judith Evans. Our agenda will include updates on the state of our schools and will include WHS Principal Dennis Mahoney.

This meeting is always informative and a great way to get to know the leaders of our school system in a casual setting.

Please join us and bring your questions.


Superintendent Judith Evans


WHS Principal

Dennis Mahoney

Winchester High School

Library Learning Commons


Apr 5






Free Range Kids:

How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children
(Without Going Nuts with Worry)

Free Range Kids

Lenore Skenazy



Lenore Skenazy

Lincoln Elementary School



7:00 PM





















Panel for Incoming 6th Grade Parents

The McCall Parent Association in collaboration with the Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community (WCSC) and Parent to Parent, will present a panel of teachers and administrators and seasoned parents who will answer all of your non-curriculum questions about the transition to middle school.

  McCall PTA, WCSC, and Parent to Parent

 Next Door Theater



In addition to the program and speakers listed above, be sure to check out our parenting book groups.