Center for Parents and Teachers

Do you know about CPT (Center for Parents and Teachers)?

Chances are you are already familiar with the programs they have offered and may have attended some of their programs if you are a parent or a teacher!

CPT is a valuable organization in our community that has brought educational and relevant programs to parents and teachers in our  community for over 33 years.

Watch this short slide show to learn more about CPT’s more than 33 year history!

Parents today face a wider range of challenges than ever before. CPT offers programs that increase parental effectiveness through high quality, low cost workshops and forums that address both ongoing and new challenges faced by parents.

Parents find CPT’s programs to be very helpful in offering guidance and skills on the many challenges they face. Issues such as ever-changing technology (how do I keep my child safe on social media sites?), substance use/abuse ( how do I guide my child away from vaping, smoking, alcohol and drug use?) and relationship guidance (is my child being bullied?  How can I help?)  are just a few of the topics addressed through CPT’s high quality programs. 

Teachers are expected to provide a deep and enriching educational experience that exceeds past classroom standards and benchmarks.   CPT offers preschool, elementary and secondary teachers innovative strategies and helpful tools through the provision of professional development workshops, conferences, resources and classroom materials. 

Communities are being asked to forge alliances to work on issues that transcend home and classroom boundaries. CPT works in partnership with other community organizations to support best possible community wide responses to the many challenges of these times.  Participants are offered exceptional learning opportunities that afford new strategies for effective responses.

CPT has offered programs for parents such asTalking with Your Children About Diversity: Building Bridges of Understanding, Appreciation and Respect;Clearing Away the Smoke: How to Talk with Teens about Today’s Marijuana;   Programs for teachers such as Teaching Young Children Self-Regulation ,   Exploring Ways to Ease Children’s Anxiety, Worry and “Overwhelm” Through the Simplified Classroom  and many, many more…….

To support its work with parents and teachers, CPT relies on individual donations and grants from community businesses and organizations such as the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, Emerson Hospital, Healthy Concord, the Foundation for Metrowest, CHNA15, the Sudbury Foundation, The Bradford Mills, Concord Printing, Woodman & Eaton PC, local Parent Teacher Associations, First Parish Concord, The Colonial Inn and many generous individuals and families from throughout the region.

As an IRS-designated 501(c)3 non profit organization centered in Concord, MA, all donations to CPT are entirely tax deductible, in accordance with IRS rules and regulations. 

CPT is dedicated to helping you be the best parent possible!  And we urgently need your help as we struggle through this pandemic! The Center for Parents and Teachers is an IRS-designated 501(c)3 nonprofit, funded by grants and donations.  CPT is not funded as a line item in either the Town or School budgets.  CPT has been dedicated to supporting families and educators for over 30 years. Now we need your help so we can keep serving our community.

One simple way is through Amazon Smile:  when you shop Amazon online they will send (at no cost to you) a small percentage of your purchases to support CPT . Simply shop at to generate donations for the Center for Parents and Teachers!  

You also can support our services by giving a tax deductible gift directly on our donate pageThank you for your consideration so we can keep supporting our community!


Keep checking for upcoming CPT programs on our calendar!

Unite with Light 2021 to benefit the Chase Bjork Foundation

Please support the Chase Bjork Foundation through Unite With Light

We’d like to share some exciting news with you!

We feel so incredibly fortunate that Unite With Light will honor Chase and all those fighting the darkness of mental illness by raising money through the sale of luminaries, to be displayed in Concord and Carlisle on Saturday evening, January 30th, the anniversary of Chase’s death.


You may be aware that Unite with Light is an annual event run by children, for children, that celebrates the winter season with beautiful light and raises money for charities that strengthen our community and our world. Now in its fourth year, the event has raised more than $16,000 for Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership (Boston) and Cradles to Crayons. It was started by the Labadini children (Brad, Morgan and Derek) of Concord when they were 16, 14 and 10. Their mom Tina serves as treasurer; otherwise, the entire effort is managed by kids.


Funds raised this year will benefit the Chase Bjork Foundation, specifically the development of Brain Health Bootcamp, an app that will educate adolescents, families and communities about how to identify many different types of mental illness and what to do about them. In the past year, we conducted extensive research that pointed to a need to support adolescent mental health prior to moments of crisis. We understand that all too well.


We would truly appreciate your support for Unite With Light and the Chase Bjork Foundation. Kits are $20 each. 100% of sales go directly to the foundation. We hope you will consider buying a kit for a friend or neighbor as a gift. Share the light, spread the love.


Please click here to purchase a luminary kit (also available at Crosby’s Market customer service desk).


Or click here to make a donation to the Chase Bjork Foundation.


With love and gratitude,

David, Christal, Bryce and Lars

Here are some photos from last year’s event.

Art in Bloom in Concord


Are you ready for a little springtime in January? January’s Art in Bloom Concord a collaboration of the Garden Club of Concord, Concord Art, and the Concord Museum will showcase floral designs interpreting original works of art starting on Thursday, January 14 through Monday, January 18, 2021.  Garden Club members will create floral interpretations of entries in the exhibition Members Juried 1:  Painting and Sculpture at Concord Art, and of the watercolors in the exhibition HOME: Paintings by Loring W. Coleman at the Concord Museum.

The designs will infuse winter with the promise of spring and reflect the art that inspires them. Floral designs will be on display Thursday, January 14 through Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Concord Art and on Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18 at the Concord Museum. Virtual programming will also be available! Please confirm visiting guidelines on Concord Art’s website Please reserve timed tickets online in advance of your Concord Museum visit.



Please note: Concord Museum is closed for the winter months, but will reopen specifically for the Art in Bloom in Concord event on Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18, 2021. This will be the last opportunity for visitors to see the temporary exhibition HOME: Paintings by Loring W. Coleman which features twenty-six watercolors by this notable “plein air” painter of New England landscapes. Timed tickets may be purchased online for the Museum or by calling 978-369-9763 x222.


“This Little Sign of Mine: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council and COAR

(Communities Organizing Against Racism, Concord-Carlisle-Boston)


“This Little Sign of Mine: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”


For the past 27 years the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council has had a January celebration to honor the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2021, we plan to continue this tradition and are excited to do so during a time when we recognize that our mission and the mission that Dr. King stood for is needed now more than ever.

In the spirit of respecting the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing, we are proud to offer everyone an opportunity to join the celebration from the comfort and safety of your very own home!


We invite community members to create and display signs in honor of Dr. King in what we are calling “This Little Sign of Mine: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”.

Get creative! How does Dr. King’s legacy inspire you? What is your dream for our community?

  • Make a poster
  • Display in a front facing window or in a front yard sign during the weekend of January 16th-18th.
  • Take a photo of your sign and email to by Sunday, January 17th so it can be displayed on our Facebook page on MLK Jr. Day!

This annual event is always a highlight in our calendar and we are very pleased to be able to offer this special opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of integration, freedom and justice for all.