Center for Parents and Teachers Shares Resources & Education Sessions

(1) Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital and the Cambridge Health Alliance offer free sessions through their Center for Mindfulness and Compassion.  These guided daily online practices are secular and open to all. Over 20 teachers offer ongoing sessions in mindful movement; bringing kindness to our stress, anxiety, grief and fear; supporting care giving during this difficult time, and expressing appreciation and love for each other.  You can also choose to listen in on previously recorded sessions. To learn more and to sign up go to:


(2) Free Recording on Having Difficult Conversations (with Kindness) featuring Dr. Roxy Manning

Description:  Though conflict is part of life, many of us struggle with how to communicate during challenging situations. In this program, Roxy Manning, PhD, psychologist and expert in Nonviolent Communication, will offer strategies to address conflict (and stand up for ourselves and others) using a compassionate approach.

Click here to listen in:


(3) Free Webinar on Thursday Jan 27  7-8PM via Zoom when Domestic Violence Service Network presents A “Creative Heart” Toolbox: A Survivor’s Reflections on Healing At this online presentation composer, performing artist, writer, singer, and animal advocate “Saoirse” will share her story, exploring the intersections of trauma, compassion, animals, and healing through the arts.

Learn more details about this and other presentations at:

Pre-register by signing up here:


(4) Free webinar on Thursday, February 3, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST on LGBTQ+ Basics and Beyond presented by OUT MetroWest 

Curious about some part of the LGBTQ+ acronym? Want to support transgender people but not sure where to start? This presentation will equip participants with up-to-date vocabulary, answers to frequently asked (and frequently awkward!) questions, and basic tools for effective allyship.
ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.
The mission of OUT MetroWest is to build communities where LGBTQ+ youth thrive.  They offer several programs for youth. Learn more about OUT MetroWest at their website here:

Pre-register for this presentation here:


(5) Did you miss Dr. Rachel Kramer’s presentation on Strategies for Coping with School Avoidance?  You can watch the recording of it here:

Also, you can choose from other topics that Dr. Kramer offered presentations on here:


(6) Free Webinar February 22, 2022 6:00 PM EST Pediatric Immune Resilience (PLEASE NOTE this presentation is taking place on the west coast so their registration site lists the start time as 3 PM Pacific Standard Time)

The past two years has focused attention on the importance of immune resilience. Many conferences have been held discussing immune issues in adults, but there has been a lack of similar focus on immune-related problems in children. This free-of-charge virtual educational program has three renowned pediatric opinion leaders teaming with the PLM Institute to discuss the development of immune resilience in children.

Robert Lustig, MD is a pediatric endocrinologist from the University of California- San Francisco Medical School who is a New York Times best-selling author with his books Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and DiseaseThe Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, and his most recent book Metabolical.

Sheila Kilbane, MD is a Functional Medicine certified pediatrician with a very busy private practice in North Carolina and the author of Happy Kids- Happy Moms. Deborah Allen, RPh is a Functional Medicine focused pharmacist working with Dr. Kilbane in the delivery of pediatric care.

This program will address common immune-related problems in children and the building of immune resilience in kids. It will integrate concepts related to the evolving understanding of the development of the immune system in children with clinical “news to use” from the experience of three leaders in pediatric health care. This topic is of critical importance during this time of immune stress and its impact on children’s health.

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The Center for Parents and Teachers is grateful to be supported in part by a generous grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.  Learn more about CPT at


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!

Feel Good Friday

It’s been a tough week, so many unknowns and so much bad news pouring in  – it’s difficult not to get overwhelmed by it.

So, we’d like to fill your head with some good highlights from the past week. Our community is strong and coming together to answer immediate needs, helping  each other and proving to be creative problem solvers.

Thank you to Emerson Hospital employees for your dedication & hard work. We are grateful to all of you!

Christine Schuster, President & Ceo of Emerson Hospital sent this today:

Our team is working around the clock to manage this unprecedented challenge. They are navigating this situation with careful planning and a relentless commitment to our community. 

Our Emerson Hospital Heroes – nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, environmental services, and all staff have stepped up in every way. They confront the COVID‑19 pandemic each day, worried about the future, the health of their patients, their families, and themselves.

In order to continue to fight this battle we need critical equipment and supplies. Your support has never been more important and will save lives!

Keep our Emerson Hospital Heroes and community safe. Your donation in any amount will help Emerson to:
• Acquire additional respiratory equipment
• Obtain medical-grade personal protective gear
• Outfit areas of our hospital to increase patient capacity
• Support our financial stability while elective procedures and treatments have been postponed in order to keep patients safe.

With your support, we can focus our energy on caring for our community. We will emerge from this crisis much stronger together.

Thank you for your support!


Thank you to the volunteers who answered the call for homemade masks and starting sewing! A number of Concord & Carlisle residents have been busy gathering supplies, cutting material and sewing masks for Emerson Hospital and other medical facilities in the area.

Thank you to Open Table and those who have donated time and food to make this an even more valuable resource in our community. They are continuing to accept donations at their bins at Crosby’s Market behind the 105 Everett Street building.

Thank you to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest for working hard to rally support and donations for the W.I.N. Fund (When in Need Fund) with The Driveway Project.

Kate Eden Renyi Photography is launching #thedrivewayproject in hopes to raise local support within the Concord and Carlisle communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Donate a minimum of $50 to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest’s WIN (When In Need) Fund – please designate The Driveway Project (WIN Fund) – that helps Concord and Carlisle individuals and families with unexpected or emergency expenses, and Kate will show up at your driveway and take a professional lifestyle photograph documenting this unique time. Thinking outside the box and social distancing attire encouraged!

Thank you to Superintendent Dr. Laurie  Hunter and staff / administration who have been excellent communicators and working hard to bring classrooms online, keeping our kids stimulated and connected while keeping parents well informed.

Thank you to our local merchants for finding creative ways to sell and deliver your goods / services!

Here is the Friday promotion that Farfalle Market, Copper Penny Flowers, Revolutionary Concord and Concord Teacakes offered for a Fun Family Friday. The package included pasta dinner and garlic bread from Farfalle, cupcakes form Concord Teacakes, a fun puzzle from Revolutionary Concord and a gorgeous arrangement from Copper Penny Flowers.

Be sure to see what other local merchants & restaurants / cafes are doing with take out options, curbside pickups and deliveries.

Thank you to ThinkGive for launching the Community Challenge – sign up now!

Thank you to The Center for Parents and Teachers for moving important speaker events online so we can call be informed and get access to these wonderful speakers.

Thanks for tuning in to LivingConcordour new weekly podcast, reading our newsletters, liking posts, following us on social media and sending us important information that we can share with the community.


Be well.







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