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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  • Terrific Twos Playtime

    Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 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....

  • Exeter Family Morning Out

    Thursday, Feb 22 @ 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 Mar. 1, Apr. 26, Jul. 12, Aug. 30, Nov 22, Dec. 27), 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....

  • Go to Sleep!

    Thursday, Feb 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    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...

  • Parenting Your Challenging Teen

    Thursday, Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    Thursdays 6-7:30, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14, 6/28
    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. The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursday evening each month. 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...

  • Preschool Playtime

    Friday, Feb 23 @ 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, Feb 23 @ 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....

  • Toddler Playtime

    Monday, Feb 26 @ 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....

  • Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group

    Tuesday, Feb 27 @ 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, Feb 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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    Tuesday mornings, 10-11:30
    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...

  • Helping Siblings Get Along

    Tuesday, Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    Tuesday evenings Feb 20 & 27
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    In this two-week class, parents will learn the surprising 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. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.  ...