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 on September 2)
    Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. Suite 102, Redondo Beach

Families Connected Speaker Series

  • Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age
    Presented by Dr. Yalda Uhls
    Yalda T. Uhls, PhD is a research scientist (UCLA) and non-profit founder (Center for Scholars & Storytellers) with over 15 years of senior executive experience in the entertainment industry (MGM, Sony). Her expertise of how media content is created, as well as the science of how media affects children, informs her unique perspective.

    Thursday, September 19
    6:30 – 8 p.m.
    Hermosa Valley School, Multi-Purpose Room
    1645 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach


  • 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

Talk About It: Small Group Parent Workshops
Led by Margot Parker, Educational Consultant, this small-group parent workshop will take a deeper dive into Instagram, cyber safety, digital citizenship and age-appropriate technology use. Free childcare provided by Center For Health & Fitness.

Tuesday, September 10
Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave., Beach Cities Room, Redondo Beach

  • Elementary School Cyber Education
    9 – 10 a.m.
  • Instagram
    1 – 2 p.m.​

Thursday, September 12
South Bay Adult School, 3401 Inglewood 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