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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  • Toddler Playtime

    Monday, Nov 27 @ 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....

  • Family Fun Night

    Monday, Nov 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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    Weekly on Monday nights
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    Monday is Family Fun Night! Join us to enjoy a family-style dinner and family-friendly activities, without the stress of making it happen. A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. With Allison Dillon. ~ Nov. 27th:  DIY Balloon Bowl ~ Dec. 4th: B-I-N-G-O ~ Dec. 11th: Science with Wayne ~ Dec. 18th: Seasonal Crafts & Cookie Decorating ~ Dec. 25th:...

  • Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group

    Tuesday, Nov 28 @ 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, Nov 28 @ 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...

  • Discipline Series

    Tuesday, Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    Tuesday evenings November 21 through December 12
    Families First Health & Support Center
    100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

    In this four-part series (Tuesday evenings, Nov. 21-Dec. 12), parents explore which kinds of discipline are hurtful and which are helpful and effective. Week 1’s Household Rules session will help parents to teach expectations. Week 2 the Art of Using Consequences will look at helping parents to employ those that teach good choices. Weeks 3...

  • Terrific Twos Playtime

    Wednesday, Nov 29 @ 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, Nov 30 @ 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....

  • Holiday Expectations

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

    Find your holiday success without all the stress. This class will offer tips on managing holiday expectations, identifying your priorities, putting gifts in their place, and building traditions that fit with your family values. With Parkie Boley....

  • Parenting Your Challenging Teen

    Thursday, Nov 30 @ 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...

  • Preschool Playtime

    Friday, Dec 1 @ 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....