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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Most parenting/family programs will not meet 8/31 through 9/7. (Mother-to-Mother Connections will meet, on September 1.)

PARENTING CLASSES

Q&A on Development (view)
Tuesday, September 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
Should I be worried about my toddler who still isn't speaking? Why is our son so sensitive to bright lights? How can we help our daughter who will not touch her food? Cate Jackson, specialist from the Children's Rehab Center of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, will field parents' questions about their children's development.
Cost: Free
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Q&A on Facing Fear (view)
Thursday, September 10, 9:30-11 a.m.
Our very own Dr. Dawn Huebner (psychologist and author) recently gave a TED talk as part of the 2015 International TED Women's Forum. Come hear her personal, funny, informative story about learning to face fear, then take part in a Q&A about helping your children learn to move towards, rather than away from, things that scare them. This is a timely topic given the newness of September - new schools, new child care arrangements, etc. - although longstanding fears will be addressed as well.
Cost: Free
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Who's in Charge in Your Home? (view)
Tuesdays, September 15 & 22, 6-7:30 p.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 day-to-day 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. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Toilet Readiness (view)
Thursday, September 24, 9:30-11 a.m.
Before the next battle over the toilet, arm yourself with information and support from parents who have lived through potty-training. 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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Understanding Bullying (view)
Tuesday, September 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
Dr. Malcolm Smith, a national expert on bullying and director of The Courage to Care project, will present clear strategies on how and why to talk to children about meanness, incivility and bullying. Dr. Smith will show how to deal with the "Empathy Deficit" that seems prevalent among young people. All ages and stages of child-rearing will be addressed.
Cost: Free
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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen (view)
Tuesdays, October 6 - 13, 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: TBD.
Cost: Free
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Building in Protection from Risky Situations (view)
Thursdays, October 8 & 22, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Identify your child's risk factors and learn what you can do to strengthen your child's ability to resist negative influences and destructive behaviors. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Around the Special Education World in One Day
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The special education process works best when parents and educators work as partners to meet the needs of children with disabilities. This comprehensive, free 1-day seminar presented by Mary Grillo of the Parent Information Center will provide participants with tools to be better informed and more effective members of a child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team. A comprehensive packet of handouts will accompany the presentation. Topics include: an overview of the NH special education law and process; disability awareness; the IEP, including tips to help prepare for and participate in IEP Team meetings; and effective communication strategies, based on the partnership model. Child care available. Space is limited to 15 families.
Cost: Free seminar; $15 per child for 6 hours of child care
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Meet Your Inner Parent (view)
Tuesdays, October 20-27, 6-7:30 p.m.
Discover and develop strategies that will work best for you and your family. In this two-week class mothers and fathers alike will connect with and strengthen their instinctive parenting abilities. Discussions will include the power of combining strategy with inner wisdom. Participants will be introduced to SOLVE, a powerful five-step problem-solving method, that makes use of your own intuition. Facilitated by Bette Freedson, a clinical social worker, speaker and author of a new book, "Soul Mothers' Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother".
Cost: Free
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Go To Sleep!! (view)
Thursday, October 29, 9:30-11 a.m.
Baby not sleeping through the night? Child resisting bedtime? Teen not getting enough sleep? These aren't good for anyone, child or parent. They can result in cranky behavior, difficulty getting through the day, poor sleep habits and stressed relationships. Yet it's hard for overtired parents to make a plan and carry it out on their own. Come to this Q&A with Randy Tallent, Families First's Child Development Specialist.
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view)
Mondays (except 8/31, 9/7, 12/28), 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 8/31 and 9/7)
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.
August 24th: Create a Family Tree
August 31st: No Family Fun Night tonight
September 7th: No Family Fun Night tonight
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view)
Tuesdays (except 9/1, 12/29), 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: August 25, September 8, 15, 22, 29)
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 (except 9/2 and 12/30), 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 (except 9/3, 11/26, 12/24, 12/31), 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 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
Epping Family Morning Out (view)
Fridays, starting September 11, 2015, 9:30-11 a.m.
Epping Family Morning Out starts again on September 11! 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: August 25, September 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)
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (except 9/3; next dates: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 15)
Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included.
Cost: Free
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