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August 2017
Free

Family Fun Night

Monday, August 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Weekly on Monday nights
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Monday is Family Fun Night! Join us to enjoy a family-style dinner and family-friendly activities, without the stress of making it happen. A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. With Allison Dillon. ~ August 21st: Make your own Tie-Dye Shirts! ~ August 28th: NO FFN ~ September 4th: NO FFN  (Labor Day) ~ Tuesday, September 5th: Family Game Night ~ September 11th: Egg Drop Experiment ~ September 18th: Create Your Own Story ~ September 25th: Invent a Toy from Recycled Materials ~ October 2nd:…

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Free

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group

Tuesday, August 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Weekly on Tuesday mornings
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held each Tuesday morning, Mother-to-Mother Connections offers support to 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! With Susan Remillard, PCD (DONA), CLC, who is trained in birth and postpartum care. For more info, call Susan at 207-439-3033. Free child care with advance signup.

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Free

Babytime

Tuesday, August 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held every Tuesday morning. Babytime is 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. If you require child care for older siblings, please sign up (below); otherwise, just show up with your baby. With Parkie Boley.

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Free

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

Tuesday, August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Tuesday evenings, August 15 and 22, 6 p.m.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Tired of having to repeat things 20 times? Do you wish your child would just listen and cooperate!? In this two-part series (Aug. 15 & 22), parents will find out how to connect with their children while maintaining authority and providing guidance. Come discover some of the best strategies for getting cooperation, setting consequences that teach, defusing outbursts and strong feelings, and teaching kids to solve their own problems. Experience some immediate success! Based on the best-selling book with the same title by…

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$5

Terrific Twos Playtime

Wednesday, August 23 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly on Wednesday mornings
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held each Wednesday morning, for children ages 2 to 3 and their parents or caregivers. Your child will enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and first friendships. Parents and caregivers get ideas for activities and parenting and a chance to connect with other parents. With Parkie Boley.

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Families First Health Clinic

Wednesday, August 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Every Wednesday
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First offers easy-to-access medical, dental, counseling and social work services for adults in temporary or unstable housing.  To confirm the time and location of the Mobile Health Teams, call 1-888-922-0005.

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Free

Parent Recharge

Thursday, August 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every Thursday during the Summer
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

During the Summer months, Parent Recharge is held every Thursday morning. Need some time to relax with other grownups? Want your kids to be socializing while you do? Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitated by Allison Dillon.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parenting Your Challenging Teen

Thursday, August 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Thursdays 5:30-7:30, 8/24, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This group is for parents of teens (ages 12-21) who are struggling with emotional or behavioral problems. Topics covered will be anger-management and mindfulness, limit-setting, substance use, bullying, social media use, trauma, co-parenting, teen brain development and how best to communicate with your teen. This group can provide parents with an opportunity to be with others in the same situation. This is a parenting support and education group facilitated by Jeffrey Trahant and Tara Kizirian, who both have years of experience…

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WIC Clinic at Families First

Friday, August 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until Friday, December 22, 2017

An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Friday, December 22, 2017

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

On the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month (except in November) WIC is in our parent room! To make your WIC appointment call (800) 256-9880. If you would like free child care during your WIC appointment, ask to schedule it between 9:00-12:00. Then sign up below, or call 603-422-8208 (press 2).

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$5

Preschool Playtime

Friday, August 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly on Friday mornings
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Preschool Playtime is held each Friday for children ages 3 to 5 with their parents or other caregivers. Children enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and friendships. Adults share ideas for activities and parenting and have a chance to connect with other parents. With Parkie Boley.

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No Family Center Programs this week

Monday, August 28 - Friday, September 1
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

With the exception of Mother-to-Mother Connections, all playgroups, parent support groups and parenting classes are not running this week.  This is true of off-site programming as well. See you after Labor Day.

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September 2017

Labor Day: Families First Closed

Monday, September 4
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth
Free

Parent Recharge

Thursday, September 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

During the Summer months, Parent Recharge is held every Thursday morning (except August 31). Need some time to relax with other grownups? Want your kids to be socializing while you do? Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitated by Allison Dillon.

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Free

Caregiver Group

Thursday, September 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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First Thursday of each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This group is for any individual or family who is managing the care of a loved one with dementia, either at home or in a care community. Meetings are run by trained volunteer Dick Chamberlain and Families First social worker Cindi Shanley. To learn more, call Mr. Chamberlain at (603) 642-8758, or just drop into the next session.

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Food Allergy Support Group for Parents

Thursday, September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day First of the month, repeating indefinitely

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Connect with other parents and community members. Meets 1st Thursday of each month (except in the summer). Monthly topics vary. With Jacquelyn Silvani.

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$5

Toddler Playtime

Monday, September 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly on Monday mornings
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held each Monday morning, for children ages 1 to 2 and their parents or caregivers. Your child will enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and first friendships, while you get new ideas for activities and parenting and a chance to connect with other parents. With Parkie Boley.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

1, 2, 3, Magic

Tuesday, September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Tuesday evenings, September 12 & 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

But I want it! ... Why not? ... You're mean!!! ... Stop that now or I will.... I told you a thousand times NO! The daily arguing and testing, whining and fighting can wear you down! 1-2-3 Magic is a surefire method for putting an end to these exhausting, time-stealing, non-constructive interactions. Participants will leave with tools and strategies proven to reduce frustration and allow them to enjoy more quality family time.  Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Better Together Support Group

Wednesday, September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Every other month on the 2nd Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This support group is for parents or caregivers (including foster parents and birth parents) who are currently or have ever been involved in child protection cases. Do you have questions about how the Division of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) works? Are you afraid? Confused? Would you like to talk with a group of others who understand how it feels to be involved with DCYF?  This group is held every other month and led by a parent who has been…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Guided ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group (Portsmouth)

Wednesday, September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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Wednesday evenings, September 13 - October 25
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

When raising a child with ADD/ADHD, having a support network and learning about parenting strategies and community resources is vital. This seven-week group (September 13-October 25) will provide a place for parents to connect with one another, share valuable tips and techniques, and learn how to help their child succeed in school and at home. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions around each child's specific issues.  The group is most effective with continuous participation, so parents are asked to commit to at least…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Your Child’s Nutrition

Thursday, September 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Which snack foods pack the most nutrition, and which should I leave behind at the grocery store?..."What can I do to get my child to eat healthfully while at school?" Come learn some new ideas on how to pack a balanced, tasty school lunch, and share some of your own ideas too!

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‘Portsmouth Listens’ on Housing

Monday, September 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Portsmouth Listens wants to hear from YOU about your views on this: What is your current living situation and how does it affect your quality of life? What about going forward – what do you anticipate your needs and expectations to be regarding where you live? Do you see any obstacles to meeting these needs? There will be a “listening session” on this topic on Monday, September 18. 5:30 p.m.: Free dinner for yourself and kids (advance signup required) 6-7:30 p.m.:…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parent Recharge

Thursday, September 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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The first and third Thursday morning each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday morning of each month. Need some time to relax with other grownups? Want your kids to be socializing while you do? Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. With Allison Dillon.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

The 3 Rs of NH Special Education

Thursday, September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

The 3 R's – Understanding Your Role, Rights and Responsibilities in the NH Special Education Process – (generally 2 to 2½ hours) As members of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, parents often feel like they have more questions than answers about their role, rights and responsibilities. Using the steps in the NH special education process as a framework, this workshop will provide participants with an “advocacy toolbox” of information, resources and organizational tools and strategies, as well as…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

My Voice Matters

Tuesday, September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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A series that starts on Tuesday September 26 and ends on October 3.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

You know the saying, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil." Come to this class to learn how to become the squeaky wheel. Participants will learn why their voice matters and how to advocate for children: at doctor’s appointments, at parent teacher conferences, at your job, at town meetings, at school board meetings, by voting, by contacting your state representative and more. Julie Day from the New Hampshire Children's Trust will facilitate the discussion along with NH State Representative, Pamela Gordon.…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Q&A: When to Worry and What To Do

Thursday, September 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

It's one month into the school year and your 5-year-old still cries at every drop off. Your 6-year-old refuses to go upstairs alone. Your 4-year-old tells bald-faced lies. Your 7-year-old doesn't look up when other children greet him. Your 3½-year-old isn't interested in using the potty. Are these phases that your child will outgrow, or the sign of a bigger problem? Should you wait? Should you worry? Is there anything you can do? Join psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Dawn…

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October 2017
$5

Preschool Playtime

Friday, October 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Preschool Playtime is held each Friday for children ages 3 to 5 with their parents or other caregivers. Children enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and friendships. Adults share ideas for activities and parenting, and have a chance to connect with other parents. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

More 1, 2, 3 Magic

Tuesday, October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Tuesday evenings October 10 & 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Parents of two-year-olds to teens will leave this program with strategies proven to get kids to start good behaviors. Challenges such as getting kids to go to bed, get up and out on time in the morning, clean up, behave well at meals, and do their homework will become easier. The program includes video, lecture and demonstrations, 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.…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Discipline Tips

Thursday, October 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Thursday October 12 & 26, 9:30-11 a.m.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This class will help you to come up with realistic expectations for your child, and create successful rules in your home.  The next class week we'll tackle consequences when rules are not followed.  With Parkie Boley

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November 2017
Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parenting Class

Thursday, November 9 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every 2nd, 4th (and 5th) Thursday morning
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First offers free parenting classes on the 2nd, 4th (and 5th if there is one) Thursdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. Free child care is always included if you sign up in advance! Please check back closer to the time to find out the topic for each class, or or sign up for our Family Focus newsletter to get announcements by email.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parenting Class

Tuesday, November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Every Tuesday evening
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First offers free parenting classes every Tuesday evening on a wide range of topics. Free child care is always included if you sign up in advance! Please check back closer to the time to find out the topic for each evening, or sign up for our Family Focus newsletter to get announcements by email.

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