Current Programs & Registration
603-422-8208 x2

Held at the Community Campus in Portsmouth unless otherwise noted.

parenting classAll parents and children are welcome at our Parenting Classes, Parent-Child Groups and Parent Groups. Advance registration is needed for most programs and is always needed for child care; click the "register now" link under each program description or call (603) 422-8208 x2.

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PARENTING CLASSES

Helping Children Develop Self-Control (view)
Tuesday, July 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
Does your child throw tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants? Does he hit his younger sibling? Does she respond, "No!" when you ask her to do something? Does he refuse to do things because he's afraid? Dr. Laura Rubin, founder of the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, will talk about strategies to decrease challenging behaviors and promote your child's success. Her brief talk will be followed by plenty of time for Q&A.
Cost: Free
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Picky Eaters (view)
Thursday, July 9, 9:30-11 a.m.
Is "pickiness" making mealtimes difficult? Come learn four steps that can help take the power struggles out of eating and encourage your child to become more open and ready for expanded eating options. Presented by Karen Mountjoy, Pediatric Dietitian.
Cost: Free
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Nutrition Considerations for Kids with ADD/ADHD (view)
Tuesday, July 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
Research has shown that children with ADD/ADHD may be more sensitive to certain food additives and preservatives. Find out what to cut out of your family's diet and what to include for improved health for everyone at the table. Presented by Karen Mountjoy, Pediatric Dietitian.
Cost: Free
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Helping Siblings Get Along (view)
Tuesdays, July 21-28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn the surprising causes of sibling rivalry, when to intervene and when not to, and techniques for handling kids' feelings and behaviors. These strategies can be used for handling issues between playmates as well as siblings. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Handling Your Child's Tantrums and Outbursts (view)
Thursday, July 23, 9:30-11 a.m.
Learn how to prevent kids' tantrums and angry outbursts by helping them handle their anger. Identify the triggers, understand the feelings, handle the behavior, and keep your cool. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik, M.Ed
Cost: Free
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No! When and How to Say it. (view)
Thursday, July 30, 9:30-11 a.m.
Some parents say it all the time. Others never do. Where's the happy medium? Come find out alternatives to No, and when No is just the right thing to say so your child really understands. Facilitated by Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Active Parenting (view)
Tuesdays, August 4 - 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
What's your parenting style? Do you know how to win cooperation, teach values and responsibility and reduce power struggles? Come learn some of the most effective parenting techniques and find the ones that will work for your family. For parents of children of all ages (infants through teens). With Parkie Boley and Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Oral Hygiene: Healthy Habits for You and Your Children (view)
Thursday, August 13, 9:30-11 a.m.
Families First Oral Health Educator Cindy Bishop, RDH, will give age-appropriate tips to help kids understand and adopt healthier dental habits that will serve them for a lifetime.
Cost: Free
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IEPs: Does Your Child's IEP still fit? (view)
Thursday, August 27, 9:30-11 a.m.
Before the school year gets started, take a look at your child's Individual Education Program (IEP) to make sure it is still on target. Your children may have had developmental or other changes over the summer that the school should know about. Georgie Clark will field questions and offer advice about how to get your child's school year off to a good start.
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view)
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m.
For toddlers, ages 1 to 2: Gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and first friendships. For parents or other caregivers: New ideas for activities and parenting, a chance to connect with other parents. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.
Cost: $5 per family per week
Pre-registration not needed
Family Fun Night (view)
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. Includes a family dinner and family activities*.
June 22nd: Bubbles, Chalk & Water (You May Get Wet!)
June 29th: No Family Fun Night tonight
*Activities are subject to change.
Advance signup required.
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28)
An educational, playful and supportive group for babies up to 12 months 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 brain development. Free child care offered for older siblings (advance signup required). Facilitator: Parkie Boley. Drop-ins OK.
Cost: Free
Register if you need childcare for older siblings
Terrific Twos Playtime (view)
Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Join children ages two to three for gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and friendships. For parents or other caregivers: New ideas for activities and parenting, a chance to connect with other parents. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.
Cost: $5 per family per week
Pre-registration not needed
Exeter Family Morning Out (view)
Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
For children ages birth to six, with parents or other caregivers. Children will explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults, and enjoy songs, stories and snack. Facilitator: Patricia Keck. Held at Exeter Parks and Recreation (32 Court Street, Exeter).
Cost: Free
Pre-registration not needed
Preschool Playtime (view)
Fridays, (except 7/3, 9/4, 11/27, 12/25, 1/1) 9:30-11 a.m.
Join children ages 3 to 5 and parents or other caregivers for circle time, gym, free play, snack and story. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.
Cost: $5 per family per week
Pre-registration not needed

PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28)
Offering support for 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. Led by women trained in birth and postpartum care. Facilitated by Susan Remillard, PCD DONA, CLC. For more information, call Susan at 207-439-3033. Child care available for older siblings.
Cost: Free
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Parent Recharge (view)
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Next dates: July 2, 16, August 6, 20)
Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik.

Cost: Free
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