Schools + Parents
Families Connected Parent Chat & Speaker Series

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is partnering with South Bay Families Connected to offer a variety of free, monthly parent education events, including the Families Connected Speaker Series and Families Connected Parent Chat.

South Bay Families Connected is a not-for-profit whose mission is to improve the social and emotional wellness of area youth by supporting parents in their efforts to help their kids reach their full potential and live healthy, fulfilled lives. South Bay Families Connected offers parents free resources, education and opportunities to connect around parenting issues and challenges, including helping kids navigate the new social media landscape, to reducing the likelihood that they will use drugs and alcohol.

Enjoy these opportunities to connect with other parents and discuss shared challenges:

Families Connected Parent Chat
Wondering if your child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol? Striving to create balance in your household and manage family and student stress? Seeking guidance about rule setting and boundaries around social media and technology? Families Connected Parent Chat is held every Monday and is a free support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. This free support group is open to all parents. No registration necessary.

  • Every Monday, 10-11 a.m. (No Parent Chat Nov. 25, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30)
    Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. Suite 102, Redondo Beach

Families Connected Speaker Series

  • New this year, childcare is being offered at AdventurePlex throughout the 2018-19 Families Connected Speaker Series. 

    Your children will have as much fun as you learning a new activity from an AdventurePlex class instructor, creating arts and crafts, playing games, challenging themselves in sports and, of course, exploring all five levels of the famed play structure. A healthy dinner is provided too!

    To ensure that your child receives optimal supervision and attention, AdventurePlex adheres to American Camp Association child-to-staff standards, so reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. To make a reservation for Speaker Series Childcare, please click here.

    To register for the Families Connected Speaker Series as well as other parent engagement opportunities, please visit www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org.

South Bay Families Connected

For an online gallery of resources, an event calendar, videos, e-newsletter, and authentic South Bay stories, go to southbayfamiliesconnected.org.

Families Connected Past Events and Resources

Enjoy these resources around parenting issues and challenges.

Resources & Referrals

Need Help? Are you as student or parent dealing with stress, depression, anxiety or substance use and abuse? Find a variety of community resources and referrals at bchd.org/resources.

Families Connected Parent Advisory Group

In the 2017-2018 school year, Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected convened the Families Connected Parent Advisory Group. This group, composed of parent representatives from Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District, meets quarterly to discuss current youth-related issues and pertinent topics at individual school sites, district-wide and throughout the Beach Cities community.

The Parent Advisory Group role is to:

  1. Connect parents with resources, events and information
  2. Communicate with parents at their school
  3. Collaborate and bring back feedback and suggestions from parents, teachers and counselors to the Families Connected Parent Advisory Group
  4. Serve as a liaison between BCHD, PTA and each respective school site

Parent Advisory Group Members:
Aga ChenFu
Kelly Hendrickson
Cindy Klewan
Carrie Gonzales
Jill Millestein
Sarah Straton
Linda Buck
Autumn Stephens
Jennifer Buchsbaum
Natalie Weinstein
Alice Kuo
Amanda Kresser
Laurie Phan
Yea-lan Chiang
Kate Manuel
Lisa Hardimon
Liz Glozman