Current Programs & Signup
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 signup is needed for most programs and is always needed for child care; click the "sign up now" link under each program description or call (603) 422-8208 x2.

Related links:
• Program listings in PDF Calendar or Google Calendar
E-newsletter
Child care during programs
• Weather-related closings
• Program fees
Family Center Registration Form (to fill out before first visit)
Attendance reports (how to request)
2016 Winter Activities Guide

PARENTING CLASSES

Parenting Together: Navigating Through Conflict (view flyer)
Tuesdays, February 2 - 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn ways to strengthen your co-parenting relationships and develop communication skills to best support your children's resilience and well-being. This class is appropriate for parents in the same household, as well as parents who are separated or divorced. Led by Sue Schick, MA of The Upper Room.
Cost: Free
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Stress Reduction Classes (view flyer)
Wednesdays, February 3 - April 6, 10-11:30 a.m. (except Feb. 24)
These classes will teach mindfulness to reduce stress-related symptoms and improve overall health and happiness. Stress can cause headaches, panic attacks and sleeplessness and can contribute to poor health habits such as smoking, using alcohol or drugs, or overeating. Learn to change unhealthy reactions to healthier responses. Led by Jill Capobianco, who has been teaching stress reduction for more than six years. PLEASE NOTE: This series is open to all clients of Families First's Family Center and Health Center (who do not have to be parents!).
Contact us 422-8208 (press 2) to be put on the waitlist for the next time this series is held.
Cost: Free
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Who's in Charge in Your Home? (view flyer)
Thursdays, February 11 & 25, 9:30-11 a.m.
Many parents have a hard time setting limits, leaving their children adrift. Others set too many limits and find themselves in constant power struggles. This program will provide the guidelines needed to be in charge in a way that benefits your child AND makes daily life easier. Your kids don't have the experience, emotional maturity or brainpower to be in charge. They need you, the adult, to make and carry out the bigger decisions while allowing them to practice on the ones they are ready to handle. Put yourself in the driver's seat: You will be happier, and so will your kids. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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More 1-2-3 Magic
Tuesday evenings, March 1 & 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
Parents will leave this program with strategies proven to get kids to start good behaviors. Frustrating situations such as getting kids to bed, up and out on time in the morning, clean up, mealtimes, and homework will be easier. Includes video lecture and demonstrations, class discussion and practical activities. You don't have to have taken the original 1-2-3 Magic program to get a lot of out this one. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view flyer)
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
Advance sign-up not needed
Family Fun Night (view flyer)
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (except Feb. 22)
A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. Includes a family dinner and family activities. (Activities are subject to change.) Advance signup is required.
February 15: Indoor Family Treasure Hunt
February 22: No Family Fun Night
February 29: Painting Palooza (paining fun w/ fruit, marbles & more)
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view flyer)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: Feb. 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
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 brain development. Free child care offered for older siblings (advance signup required). Facilitator: Parkie Boley. Drop-ins welcome.
Cost: Free
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Terrific Twos Playtime (view flyer)
Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Join children ages 2 to 3 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
Advance sign-up not needed
Exeter Family Morning Out (view flyer)
Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
For children ages birth to 6, 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
Advance sign-up not needed
Preschool Playtime (view flyer)
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
Advance sign-up not needed
Gosling Playgroup (view flyer)
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
For children ages birth to 6 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: MJ Keane. Held at the Gosling Recreation Center, 40 Wedgewood Road, Portsmouth.
Cost: Free
Advance sign-up not needed
Epping Family Morning Out (view flyer)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Except February 26, April 29)
For children ages birth to 6 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.
Cost: Free
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PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view flyer)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: Feb 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
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. This group is facilitated by Susan Remillard, PCD DONA, CLC, who is trained in birth and postpartum care.
For more information, call Susan at 207-439-3033. Child care available for older siblings.
Cost: Free
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Parent Recharge (view flyer)
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Next dates: Jan. 21, Feb. 4, 18)
Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitated by Allison Dillon.
Cost: Free
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