Parent & Family Programs

        

Families 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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  • Toddler Playtime

    Monday, Apr 23 @ 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, Apr 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, Apr 24 @ 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...

  • Family Internet Safety

    Tuesday, Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    As your kids’ Internet access increases with smartphones, laptops, gaming systems and more, the content your child sees becomes ever more complicated. Come learn how to develop a comprehensive plan for managing Internet use in your home on all devices. Wayne Moulton, Jr., of The Sages of RPG Gaming Group, will take parents on a...

  • Terrific Twos Playtime

    Wednesday, Apr 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....

  • Co-Parenting Support Group

    Wednesday, Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Rebecca Buell Lavoie, CFM from Olive Branch Mediation leads a guided support group for parents looking for support around co-parenting.  The group will cover these topics: * information about how parental conflict impacts children * how to choose children over conflict * communication protocols and tools for successful co-parenting including Nonviolent Communication principles * tools...

  • Positive Solutions for Families

    Thursday, Apr 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    Thursday mornings 9:30-11, March 8, 22, 29, April 26, May 10 & 24
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    This six week program is designed to help parents promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their problem behaviors and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior.  The class will offer simple tools and clear solutions to parents of pre-school-aged children (ages 3 to 5). Facilitated by Allison Dillon and Patricia Keck. The...

  • Parenting Your Challenging Teen

    Thursday, Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    Thursdays 6-7:30, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14, 6/28
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Meets March 29, April 12, 26, May 10, 24, June 14, 28. 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,...

  • Preschool Playtime

    Friday, Apr 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....

  • Toddler Playtime

    Monday, Apr 30 @ 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....