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Parent & Family Programs

calendar-icon-roundFamilies first offers free parenting classes and parent groups (with free child care!), as well as programs for parents and children together. For details and online signup, scroll down or use the interactive calendar.  For a PDF of the current Program Calendar, click in the Helpful Links section on the right.

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  • Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group

    Tuesday, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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    Weekly on Tuesday mornings
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Held each Tuesday morning, Mother-to-Mother Connections offers support to mothers during their baby’s first year, when postpartum depression and anxiety are common. Come be with other mothers who know what it’s like! With Susan Remillard, PCD (DONA), CLC, who is trained in birth and postpartum care. For more info, call Susan at 207-439-3033. Free child care...

  • Babytime

    Tuesday, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Held every Tuesday morning. Babytime is an educational, playful and supportive group for babies up to 12 months old and their parents or other caregivers. Expecting parents also welcome. A developmental therapist from the Children’s Rehab Center of Portsmouth Regional Hospital comes to Babytime once a month to talk about infants’ motor, social/emotional, language and...

  • My Voice Matters

    Tuesday, Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    A series that starts on Tuesday September 26 and ends on October 3.
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    You know the saying, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Come to this class to learn how to become the squeaky wheel. Participants will learn why their voice matters and how to advocate for children: at doctor’s appointments, at parent teacher conferences, at your job, at town meetings, at school board meetings, by voting, by...

  • Terrific Twos Playtime

    Wednesday, Sep 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    Weekly on Wednesday mornings
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Held each Wednesday morning, for children ages 2 to 3 and their parents or caregivers. Your child will enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and first friendships. Parents and caregivers get ideas for activities and parenting and a chance to connect with other parents. With Parkie Boley....

  • Guided ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group (Portsmouth)

    Wednesday, Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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    Wednesday evenings, September 13 - October 25
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Note: The start date for this group has been delayed by one week.  This group will now begin on September 20, and end on November 1. When raising a child with ADD/ADHD, having a support network and learning about parenting strategies and community resources is vital. This seven-week group (September 20-November 1) will provide a...

  • Q&A: When to Worry and What To Do

    Thursday, Sep 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    It’s one month into the school year and your 5-year-old still cries at every drop off. Your 6-year-old refuses to go upstairs alone. Your 4-year-old tells bald-faced lies. Your 7-year-old doesn’t look up when other children greet him. Your 3½-year-old isn’t interested in using the potty. Are these phases that your child will outgrow, or...

  • Exeter Family Morning Out

    Thursday, Sep 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
    Exeter Parks & Rec
    32 Court Street, Exeter

    Held each Thursday morning (except Aug. 31, Nov 23, Dec. 28), for children ages birth to six, with their parents or other caregivers. Children explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults, and enjoy songs, stories and snack. Facilitator: Patricia Keck....

  • Parenting Your Challenging Teen

    Thursday, Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    Thursdays 6-7:30, 8/24, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    This group is for parents of teens (ages 12-21) who are struggling with emotional or behavioral problems. Topics covered will be anger-management and mindfulness, limit-setting, substance use, bullying, social media use, trauma, co-parenting, teen brain development and how best to communicate with your teen. This parenting education and support group will provide parents with an...

  • Guided ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group (Seabrook): Cancelled

    Thursday, Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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    Every Thursday from September 21 - November 2, 2017
    Seabrook Elementary School
    256 Walton Road, Seabrook

    Please note: Unfortunately there were not enough sign ups to run this group.  Please consider attending the Wednesday evening group in Portsmouth. When raising a child with ADD/ADHD, having a support network and learning about parenting strategies and community resources is vital. This seven-week group (September 21-November 2) will provide a place for parents to...

  • Preschool Playtime

    Friday, Sep 29 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    Weekly on Friday mornings
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Preschool Playtime is held each Friday for children ages 3 to 5 with their parents or other caregivers. Children enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and friendships. Adults share ideas for activities and parenting and have a chance to connect with other parents. With Parkie Boley....

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