Parent & Family Programs

Looking for support, information and inspiration as a parent, grandparent, relative caregiver or foster parent? During the Covid19 outbreak we cannot offer on-site programs, but we are still here to support you as a parent, with:

Virtual groups – Parent Recharge twice a week, and Relative-Caregiver Recharge once a week. See calendar of virtual programs  for details and login info.

ParentsConnect Facebook group. We have set up a private Facebook group for parents to connect with one another during this time of “social distancing.” This online community is a place where you can get inspiration and support as you experience the joy and frustration that come with being a parent or grandparent in today’s complicated world. It can be really comforting to know that you are not alone. All parents, grandparents, foster parents and caregivers are welcome to join in the conversations.

Phone and email support. Even though we cannot meet in person right now, we in the Family Center are still here if you need to talk with someone for help with a parenting concern, to find a specific resource or to vent your frustrations or celebrate your successes. Call us and leave a message, and we will get back to you within 24 hours, or the next business day: (603) 422-8209. Or email us anytime: GeorgiePatriceParkie.

We also offer home visiting and a monthly Family Focus e-newsletter.

Although our on-site programs are suspended, below you can see the most recent listings, to give you an idea of what we typically offer. Most programs are free and include free child care (with advance signup). You, and your children, are warmly welcome at all our programs. Contact Patrice by email or at 603-422-8209 for help creating a Parent Education Plan to meet your individual needs.

PARENTING CLASSES & SUPPORT GROUPS

Playgroups & Family Programs

Parenting Journey

CALENDAR AT-A-GLANCE

We don’t have a printed May/June 2020 calendar due to the limited programs being offered during the Covid19 pandemic. Please check out our virtual parent groups.

COMING UP NEXT

  • Toddler Playtime

    Monday, June 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Monday, repeating indefinitely

    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Toddler Playtime is 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. Led by Parkie Boley. (Does...

  • Family Fun Night

    Monday, June 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    1st Monday of every months
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Monday is Family Fun Night! Enjoy a family-style dinner and family-friendly activities, without the stress of making it happen at home! A fun, relaxing evening out for families with children from infants through teens. Join us on the first Monday of every month. Free! Please sign up in advance....

  • Parenting Journey (VIRTUAL)

    Monday, June 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Weekly on Monday evenings for 12 weeks starting 4/27/20

    The program is experiential which means you learn by doing – and it’s fun. Through a combination of hands-on activities and guided discussions, you will develop knowledge and skills that support you as a parent and role model. By reflecting on your own childhood, you will be able to choose what kind of parent you...

  • Babytime

    Tuesday, June 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    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...

  • Summer Book Group (virtual)

    Tuesday, June 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    100 Campus Drive, Suite 12, Suite 12, Suite 12, Suite 12, Portsmouth

    On Tuesday nights, June 2 – July 28, our Virtual Parent Recharge group will become our Summer Book Group! How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids by Carla Naumburg is filled with practical tips, humor, compassion, and a plan for understanding stressors and stopping parental meltdowns. Reading the book is optional for this...

  • Parent Recharge (virtual)

    Tuesday, June 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Our social connections are even more important for all of us during this time of physical distancing.  Please join us online each week to connect with other parents and grandparents. How are you doing? How are your children or grandchildren doing? What has been the most challenging aspect of your week? What have you learned and what is working for you?...

  • Terrific Twos Playtime

    Wednesday, June 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    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. (Does not meet during the...

  • Parent Recharge (virtual)

    Thursday, June 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating indefinitely

    Our social connections are even more important for all of us during this time of physical distancing.  Please join us online each week to connect with other parents and grandparents. How are you doing? How are your children or grandchildren doing? What has been the most challenging aspect of your week? What have you learned and what is working for you?...

  • Parent Recharge

    Thursday, June 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every month that begins at 9:30 am on day First of the month, repeating indefinitely

    An event every month that begins at 9:30 am on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Parent Recharge meets the first and third Thursday mornings featuring unstructured conversation with other parents and caregivers. On the second, fourth and fifth Thursdays, there are focused discussions around a specific topic. Join us to learn, laugh, ask questions, and enjoy a morning out while your children socialize in our playroom....

  • Exeter Family Morning Out

    Thursday, June 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
    Exeter Parks & Rec
    32 Court Street, Exeter

    Held each Thursday morning, 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. In summer 2020, the group will not meet on June 25, July 9 or July 23....