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

Winning at Parenting (view)
Tuesdays, June 2 and 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
Start with a philosophy that kids are worth it, and get new ideas for enjoying your family and all the struggles and celebrations family life entails. Lively commentary encourages parents to teach children HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Learn strategies for getting kids' to cooperate with chores, start handling their own finances, and take responsibility for their actions. With Sue Schick of The Upper Room.
Cost: Free
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Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (view)
Thursday, June 11, 9:30-11 a.m.
Learn some basic facts about child sexual abuse as well as concrete ways to help empower your children so they are less at risk. Violence Prevention Educators from Sexual Assault Support Services will describe the school-based program they deliver on Personal Body Safety in the local seacoast community and provide tips on how to talk to your child about this sensitive topic in a non-alarming, age-appropriate way. You will see how you can incorporate these messages and safeguards into everyday parenting strategies and help build protection for your child. Presenters: Emily and Erica of Sexual Assault Support Services.
Cost: Free
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Keeping Your Cool: Anger Help for Everyday Parenting (view)
Tuesdays, June 16-30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn ways to reduce and handle anger so you can be the parent you want to be. Week 1: Stress reduction for parents, with Jill Capobianco, ARNP. Weeks 2 and 3: Identify and understand your personal triggers; how anger works; how kids "push our buttons"; strategies for you and your kids, with Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Stepfamilies: Ideas That Work Well (view)
Thursday, June 25, 9:30-11 a.m.
Parents and Stepparents: Come to this class for practical ideas and actions to help your family find more peace, harmony and joy. You may be surprised at some of the strategies that work best. The ideas and actions presented in this class are based on much work with, and solid research on, stepfamilies. With John Mince, PhD, a retired marriage and family therapist.
Cost: free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view)
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. (except May 25)
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*.
May 25th: No Family Fun Night tonight
June 1st: Face Painting w/Elias, Nature Exploration
June 8th: Summer Crafts
June 15th: Outdoor Treasure Hunt & Ice Cream Party
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: May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
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, 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
Epping Family Morning Out (view)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m., through June 12
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 the SAU 14 Building (213 Main Street, Epping). This group will not meet during the summer.
Cost: Free
Pre-registration not needed

PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
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: May 21, June 4, 18)
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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