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.
    Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. Suite 102, Redondo Beach

Families Connected Speaker Series

  • "Blowing Smoke: What Parents Need to Know About Vaping”
    Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
    Redondo Union High School Auditorium

    With 28% of 11th graders in the Beach Cities reporting smoking electronic cigarettes or vaping in the past 30 days, vaping has quickly become a growing concern for parents and health professionals alike. Join us for a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Nicole Wesley, Executive Director of Student Services for Redondo Beach Unified School District. Hear from a variety of panelists, including Mark Hernandez from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM from the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, Dr. Moe Gelbart from the Thelma McMillen Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Claire Haddad, Redondo Union High School Senior and BCHD Youth Advisory Council member, and Todd Schenasi, who will offer personal testimonials.

  • 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

More Parent Opportunities

Parent Connection Groups
These informal walking groups give parents an opportunity to connect with other parents on a range of topics. Groups are led by parent volunteers. No registration necessary. Walking groups meet from 9 – 10 a.m. at Aviation Park on 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Redondo Beach for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28

Small-Group Workshops
Each workshop will be led by a local expert and expand on topics discussed during the Families Connected Speaker Series events, including cyber safety, vaping and anxiety.

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    • Monday, Oct. 1, 1 – 2 p.m.
      Manhattan Beach Unified School District office
    • Monday, Oct. 15, 9 – 10 a.m.
      Beach Cities Health District
      1200 Del Amo St, Redondo Beach
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    • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
      Manhattan Beach Unified School District office
    • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1 – 2 p.m.
      1200 Del Amo St, Redondo Beach
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    • Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
      Parras Middle School Library
    • Thursday, Oct. 18, 4 – 5 p.m.
      Beach Cities Health District
      Beach Cities Room
      514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach


South Bay Families Connected

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

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