Parent & Family Programs

Our Family Resource Center offers information and inspiration for parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Our classes, groups and one-on-one programs help build your network of support, connect you to local resources, and expand your parenting toolbox.  Scroll down to learn more or download our latest program listing.

You and your children are warmly welcome at all of our programs. Most programs are free, there are virtual and in-person options at both day and evening times, and child care is provided at no charge during in-person classes. We hope to see you soon!

Learn About Current Programs

Find program info by clicking one of these buttons, or scroll down for a list of our current programs. Click the + sign to read more and sign up.

PARENTING SERIES & WORKSHOPS | Winter 2021

Positive Solutions for Families | June 21-August 2

Tuesdays, June 21 through August 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
Families First Health & Support Center | Free

This series is under way and cannot take new participants.  If you would like to be notified the next time this or a similar program is offered, please email us.

This seven-week series offers simple tools and clear solutions for parents of children ages 2-10. This program helps parents understand children’s challenging behaviors and promote their social and emotional skills.  These “friendship skills” are important for happiness and success in school and in life. We will discuss a wide range of positive approaches that support children’s self-regulation, independence, cooperation and problem solving skills.

Parenting Journey | 2022 dates TBA

2022 dates TBA
Online | Free

Parenting Journey is an 11-week program with activities and guided discussions to help parents learn more about themselves, their relationships, and the resources they need to effectively parent their children. Groups will be held online.

In a warm and friendly environment, parents are supported and encouraged to care for themselves and each other as they gain insights about the ways that past experiences can influence current parenting behaviors.

  • Identify your strengths
  • Clarify parenting values and goals
  • Gain respect and build trust with your children
  • Become more confident and optimistic
  • Increase your ability to nurture yourself and your children
  • Build a network of support

After you register, you will receive an email to schedule a short intake phone call, and more information about how to participate in the program via Zoom. You will also receive a gift card to purchase a dinner for yourself during the program.

PARENT & GRANDPARENT GROUPS

CHIPS – For Parents & Caregivers of Children with an Incarcerated Parent | Last Monday of each month

Last Monday each month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Online | Free

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child who has an incarcerated parent? If so, you are not alone. It is estimated that on any given day in America, 1 in 14 children have had–or do have–a  parent who is incarcerated.

This monthly group offers a friendly, safe (virtual) space for caregivers to connect and support one another. We will share information about community resources, ask questions, discuss challenges, celebrate successes, explore self-care strategies, and expand our “parenting toolboxes.”

Participants will receive a $20 Walmart gift card for each meeting they attend. Please contact Jo Ann if you have any questions or want more information.

This group is for NH residents and meets on the last Monday of every month.  Participants will be emailed a Zoom link before each meeting.

The group is supported by the Family Ties Inside Out Project. Here is a list of other groups for incarcerated parents, also supported by Family Ties and offered by other New Hampshire organizations.

Sign up now

Grandparents Connect | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
Idlehurst Elementary School | Free

FAMILY PROGRAMS AND PLAYGROUPS

Babytime | Tuesdays

Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 
Families First Family Center | Free

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. (Does not meet during the last week of August or the last week of December.)

Family Morning Out Portsmouth | Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Families First Family Center | Free

Family Morning Out is for children ages birth to six with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Children engage in positive, open-ended play that supports their social skills, language development, problem-solving and creativity… and we all enjoy crafts, conversation, songs and story time together. The program is free. Join us! Space is limited, so advance signup is needed.

Family Morning Out Exeter | Thursdays

Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Exeter Parks and Recreation Building, 2nd floor | Free
Running until June 23rd, resuming September 15th

Family Morning Out is for children ages birth to six with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Children engage in positive, open-ended play that supports their social skills, language development, problem-solving and creativity… and we all enjoy crafts, conversation, songs and story time together. No sign-up necessary and the program is free. Join us!

We meet during the school year on the second floor of the Exeter Parks and Recreation Building at 32 Court Street in Exeter.

Family Morning Out Epping | Fridays

Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (not 12/24 or 12/31)
Epping SAU building, Preschool Classroom
Dino Park in Exeter at the corner of Winter and Front Streets (June 3, 17, and 24 only)
Free

Family Morning Out is for children ages birth to six with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Children engage in positive, open-ended play that supports their social skills, language development, problem-solving and creativity… and we all enjoy crafts, conversation, songs and story time together. No signup necessary and the program is free. Join us!

We meet during the school year in the Head Start classroom in the Epping SAU building at 213 Main St. in Epping, or at Dino Park in Exeter at the corner of Winter and Front Streets (June 3, 17, and 24 only).

Advance signup not needed.

Family Morning Out Somersworth | Fridays

Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (not 12/24 or 12/31)
Idlehurst School Playground | Free

Family Morning Out is for children ages birth to six with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Children engage in positive, open-ended play that supports their social skills, language development, problem-solving and creativity… and we all enjoy crafts, conversation, songs and story time together. No sign-up necessary and the program is free. Join us!

We meet on the playground in front of the Idlehurst School at 46 Stackpole Road in Somersworth. You can park in the main lot in front of the school. We will meet inside as the weather changes, and you can enter through the main entrance of the school.

Connect with Us and Our Parent Community

  • For individual support from a Family Center staff member, or for help creating a Parent Education Plan to meet your individual needs, please use this program signup form. Select “Individual Support” from the scroll-down menu near the top. We will then contact you to set up a phone, Zoom or in-person meeting.
  • Join our ParentsConnect Facebook group You are not alone! All parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to join this online community.
  • Subscribe to our Family Focus e-newsletter (monthly) for info on upcoming parent and family programs, parenting tips and ideas, useful links and more.