Parent & Family Programs

calendar-icon-roundFamilies first offers free parenting classes and parent groups (with free child care!), as well as programs for parents and children together. For details and online signup, scroll down or use the interactive calendar.  For a PDF of the current Program Calendar, click in the Helpful Links section on the right.

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  • Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group

    Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 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...

  • Babytime

    Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 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...

  • Keeping Your Cool: Anger Help for Everyday Parenting

    Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    Tuesday evenings October 24 - November 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Learn ways to reduce and handle anger so you can be the parent you want to be.  ~ Week 1: What happens in our brains when we become angry, with Pete Fifield, LCMHC ~ Week 2: Identify and understand your personal triggers; how anger works; how kids “push our buttons”; and strategies for you and your kids,...

  • Terrific Twos Playtime

    Wednesday, Oct 25 @ 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....

  • Guided ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group (Portsmouth)

    Wednesday, Oct 25 @ 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

    Note: The start date for this group has been delayed by one week.  This group will now begin on September 20, and end on November 1. 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 20-November 1) will provide a...

  • Exeter Family Morning Out

    Thursday, Oct 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
    Exeter Parks & Rec
    32 Court Street, Exeter

    Held each Thursday morning (except Aug. 31, Nov 23, Dec. 28), for children ages birth to six, with their parents or other caregivers. Children explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults, and enjoy songs, stories and snack. Facilitator: Patricia Keck....

  • Parenting Your Challenging Teen

    Thursday, Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    Thursdays 6-7:30, 8/24, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30
    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 parenting education and support group will provide parents with an...

  • Discipline Tips

    Thursday, Oct 26 @ 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...

  • Preschool Playtime

    Friday, Oct 27 @ 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....

  • Epping Family Morning Out

    Friday, Oct 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    Weekly on Friday mornings
    Epping SAU Building
    213 Main Street, Epping

    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, enjoy songs, stories, snack and first friendships. With Patricia Keck....