Parenting programs

2017 - 2018 programs

Welcome back to the 2017 - 2018 school year!

Please check back soon 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



Nov 15



The recent Youth Risk Survey highlighted what we as parents and caregivers already knew: that many of our children are struggling with a range of complicated feelings, pressures, and developing identities.


In this presentation, Rick Irving, a clinical social worker with more than 40 years experience working with children, families and schools, will cover what our teenagers’ lives feel like to them—both positive and worrisome—so you as parents can support them.


The main focus of this presentation and discussion will be on how to:

-Listen, guide and respect the differences in our children and in their peers.

-Understand how our kids deal with their differences and stressors, including race, religion, physical attributes, sexual pressures, harassment, and identity questions. 

-Gain perspective and specific language to use in supporting our children as they grow toward self-acceptance. 

-Learn ways to be the supportive parents we each yearn to be.


Please come with your own teenager in mind, and questions you may have.  We look forward to your involvement in learning how to be a safe harbor for your child. Since the program addresses parenting challenges, we respectfully ask that children do not attend.

    Rick Irving, LICSW

Jenks Center

109 Skillings Rd.





Jan 16



How to Help Your Teens and Tweens Navigate Social Media


Elizabeth Englander, PhD.,

Social Media Expert


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

7:00 PM

McCall Auditorium


Dr. Elizabeth Englander, founder and director of the Massachusetts Center for Aggression Reduction, and a nationally recognized expert on cyberbullying, will present her research on cell phone use by teens and tweens.


Dr. Englander will share tips on texting, how to talk to your child about sexting, how to respond to cyberbullying, and provide parental guidelines for healthy cell phone use.

  Dr. Elizabeth Englander,

McCall Middle School Auditorium


7:00 PM



Apr 24





LET'S BE HONEST: Talking to Kids about Sex and Sexuality (rescheduled from March 13)


Be prepared with this free interactive workshop. Lily Kofke, Health and Wellness Parent Educator for Planned Parenthood, 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 12-15 year olds designed to help them learn how to create a comfortable environment of trust for talking about sex and sexuality.


Co-Sponsored with the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community


  Lily Kofke, Health and Wellness Parent Educator for Planned Parenthood

Winchester Town Hall*

Winchester Room


71 Mt. Vernon St.



*New location



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







Evening with the Superintendent


Winchester parents and guardians are invited to join us for our annual "Evening with the Superintendent" with Superintendent Judith Evans.

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


Winchester High School

Library Learning Commons











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