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

Building in Protection from Risky Situations (view)
Tuesdays, February 3 & 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
Identify your child's risk factors and protective factors. Learn how to build your child's ability to resist risky situations and behaviors. Learn about creating protective factors to strengthen your family and help your child resist and avoid dangers as they grow into teenagers and adults. With Parkie Boley and Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Winter Games: Indoor & Outdoor Play (view)
Thursday, February 12, 9:30-11 a.m.
Great ideas for keeping everyone active indoors and out. With Peg Meyers.
Cost: Free
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Understanding Bullying: Are We Raising a Mean Generation? (view)
Tuesday, February 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
We are lucky to have one of the nation's leading experts on bullying living on the Seacoast. Former UNH professor Malcolm Smith, PhD, CFLE, founder of the Courage to Care program, will present a powerful evening for parents on why bullying today is much more dangerous than bullying in the past, how to talk to your child about bullying, and how to use the NH School Safety Act to protect your child from harm in school. Dr. Smith will also address how to teach your child civility, empathy and kindness. A vital, practical, and powerful presentation that every parent should hear.
Cost: Free
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Keeping the Peace: Helping Siblings Get Along (view)
Tuesday, February 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn the surprising underlying 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. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Toilet Learning Made Easier (view)
Thursday, February 26, 9:30-11 a.m.
Learn how to tell when your children are really ready and how to work with your children, not against them. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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How to Talk so Kids Will Listen (view)
Tuesday evenings, March 3 - 17, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tired of having to repeat things 20 times? Do you wish your child would just listen and cooperate!?!? Come to this program to learn how to connect with your child while keeping your authority and providing guidance. The program will cover getting cooperation, consequences that teach, defusing outbursts and strong feelings, and teaching kids to solve their own problems. Learn some of the best strategies, and experience some immediate success. Based on the best-selling book with the same title by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Facilitator: Sue Schick, MA, guest presenter from The Upper Room.
Cost: Free
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Understanding Executive Functioning (view)
Tuesday Evening, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
Executive Functions are skills that we use every day to plan ahead, stay organized, solve problems and focus. Children who have deficits in these areas struggle at home and in school. This workshop will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of how executive functioning impacts children educationally, and how a Section 504 Plan and / or an Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.) can address these needs in order to support their learning. Presented by Mary Grillo of the Parent Information Center.
Cost: Free
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Behavior Managment Strategies (view)
Thursday morning, March 26, 9:30-11 a.m.
This presentation will provide several proactive strategies that can decrease the likelihood that your child will engage in problem behavior. In addition, it will provide strategies to use in the moment when your child is engaging in a tantrum. Presented by Dr. Laura Rubin, founder of the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center.
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. (except Jan. 19)
A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. Includes a family dinner and family activities. Advance signup required.
Planned Family Fun Night Activities*
January 26th: Build-a-Mania (Legos & blocks)
February 2nd: Family Movie Night!
February 9th: Valentine's Day Crafts
February 16th: Charades
February 23th: Recycled creations
*activities are subject to change
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24)
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. (Except Feb. 26)
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
Mixed-Age Afternoon Playgroup (view)
Thursdays, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
A playgroup for children ages 1-5 and parents or other caregivers(infants also welcome with older siblings). Provides children with a chance to play with siblings and friends of different ages. Join us for art projects, gross- motor activities and more. Meets through the end of April. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.
Cost: $5 per family per week
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. (Except Jan. 30 and Feb. 27)
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).
Cost: Free
Pre-registration not needed

PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24)
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: Feb. 5, 19)
Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik, M.Ed. On February 19 we will have Holistic Wellness Coach, Kelly Cashman present a workshop called: "Empower Your Wellbeing Through Self-Nourishment".
Cost: Free
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