About Us

Formed out of Family Service of Glencoe’s (FSG’s) desire to meet the evolving needs of Glencoe’s parent community, Glencoe Parent Connection (GPC) is a parent-powered group that enables FSG to support parents through the challenges of raising families in a complex world. GPC connects parents with parents, schools and resources to help us raise emotionally healthy kids within a supportive community. Facilitated by Family Service of Glencoe’s Kathy Livingston, LCSW, and with ongoing financial support from FSG, GPC strives to:

  • Build a community of parents who learn with and from each other.
  • Collaboration between school and home.
  • Connect parents with local resources and community organizations that support families and promote children’s health and safety.

The GPC’s We Need to Talk discussion series brings parents together to learn from each other as well as from experts. Some discussions center on grades where Glencoe kids make a significant transition (e.g., switching schools, taking on new academic and social demands), while others evolve from “hot topics” in our community. Previous discussions include:


Peace with Your Preschooler
Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten

Elementary (K-4)

Anxiety in Young Children – Click here for handouts and more information.
Kindergarten to 1st Grade- Click here for more information.
Preparing our Children for Independence (for parents of 3rd & 4th graders)

Changing Schools from 4th to 5th Grade- For information on last year’s program click here.

Middle School (5-8)

8th Grade Challenges– Click here for handouts from last year’s program..
The 6th to 7th Grade Social & Academic “Explosion” – For last year’s program info. and handouts click here.
Transition to New Trier – Click here for advice to 8th Grade Parents from experienced New Trier parents.
Setting and Enforcing Boundaries (for parents of 7th graders) Click here for more info


Teens and the Law– Click here for past handouts and summary of notes.
The College Selection Process: Finding a Fit, Getting a Spot (for high school parents and students)

Post-Speaker Follow Ups

Wendy Mogel (Discussion led by Al Ross and Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein) – click here for handouts.

Besides these public events, GPC also helps parents arrange small, private, professionally moderated discussion groups that rotate among parents’ homes and generally meet monthly. Contact us for more information.

Want to join the conversation or get involved? Watch this page for dates, or contact Glencoe Parent Connection.