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100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth
603-422-8208

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October 2017
$5

Toddler Playtime

Monday, Oct 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.

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Free

Family Fun Night

Monday, Oct 23 @ 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. October 16th: Homemade Slime ~ October 23rd: Fun with Fall Crafts ~ October 30th: Halloween Fun (Feel free to come in costume!)    

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Free

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group

Tuesday, Oct 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 with advance signup.

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Free

Babytime

Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 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 brain development. If you require child care for older siblings, please sign up (below); otherwise, just show up with your baby. With Parkie Boley.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Keeping Your Cool: Anger Help for Everyday Parenting

Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Tuesday evenings October 24 - November 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Learn ways to reduce and handle anger so you can be the parent you want to be.  ~ Week 1: What happens in our brains when we become angry, with Pete Fifield, LCMHC ~ Week 2: Identify and understand your personal triggers; how anger works; how kids "push our buttons"; and strategies for you and your kids, with Bob Pavlik, MEd.  ~ Week 3: Turn angry reactions into helpful responses with stress reduction for parents, with Jill Capobianco ~  

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$5

Terrific Twos Playtime

Wednesday, Oct 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.

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Families First Health Clinic

Wednesday, Oct 25 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Every Wednesday
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First offers easy-to-access medical, dental, counseling and social work services for adults in temporary or unstable housing.  To confirm the time and location of the Mobile Health Teams, call 1-888-922-0005.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Guided ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group (Portsmouth)

Wednesday, Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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Wednesday evenings, September 13 - October 25
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Note: The start date for this group has been delayed by one week.  This group will now begin on September 20, and end on November 1. When raising a child with ADD/ADHD, having a support network and learning about parenting strategies and community resources is vital. This seven-week group (September 20-November 1) will provide a place for parents to connect with one another, share valuable tips and techniques, and learn how to help their child succeed in school and at…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Discipline Tips

Thursday, Oct 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Thursday October 12 & 26, 9:30-11 a.m.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This class will help you to come up with realistic expectations for your child, and create successful rules in your home.  The next class week we'll tackle consequences when rules are not followed.  With Parkie Boley

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parenting Your Challenging Teen

Thursday, Oct 26 @ 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 opportunity to be with others in the same situation. Facilitated by Mandy Lancaster, MSW. The group is set to run for 7 weeks, is limited…

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$5

Preschool Playtime

Friday, Oct 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.

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November 2017
Free

Parent Recharge

Thursday, Nov 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

During the Summer months, Parent Recharge is held every Thursday morning (except August 31). Need some time to relax with other grownups? Want your kids to be socializing while you do? Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitated by Allison Dillon.

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Free

Caregiver Group

Thursday, Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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First Thursday of each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This group is for any individual or family who is managing the care of a loved one with dementia, either at home or in a care community. Meetings are run by trained volunteer Dick Chamberlain and Families First social worker Cindi Shanley. To learn more, call Mr. Chamberlain at (603) 642-8758, or just drop into the next session.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Trauma Informed Care Presentation

Friday, Nov 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Cassie Yackley, Ph.D. will be speaking about the impact of trauma-- from divorce to a devastating medical diagnosis-- on families and how they can manifest themselves in school-aged children. She will offer strategies for both teachers and parents in helping students feel safe and successful in their school and home environment. A continental breakfast will be provided.  Please sign up by October 31.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Better Together Support Group

Wednesday, Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Every other month on the 2nd Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This support group is for parents or caregivers (including foster parents and birth parents) who are currently or have ever been involved in child protection cases. Do you have questions about how the Division of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) works? Are you afraid? Confused? Would you like to talk with a group of others who understand how it feels to be involved with DCYF?  This group is held every other month and led by a parent who has been…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Help for the Not-so-Cheery Side of the Holidays

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

So much to see and do ... exhausted, whiny children ... Family gatherings ... shy or wired children ... demanding, toy-crazed children. There's a part of family holidays that doesn't make its way into the family albums and songs, the dark underbelly of the holidays. Come to a Q&A with psychologist and author Dr. Dawn Huebner.  Learn to help your children navigate the holidays, with their schedule disruptions, first-time activities, adoring relatives and the lure of so much stuff.

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WIC Clinic at Families First

Friday, Nov 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until Friday, Dec 22, 2017

An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Friday, Dec 22, 2017

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

On the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month (except in November) WIC is in our parent room! To make your WIC appointment call (800) 256-9880. If you would like free child care during your WIC appointment, ask to schedule it between 9:00-12:00. Then sign up below, or call 603-422-8208 (press 2).

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Money Matters

Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Come to this class to learn about a great resource right in our community.  Ray Beeson of Rockingham Community Action's Financial Capability Program will share information on how this free program helps low-to-moderate income clients develop this capacity by providing free tax preparation, one- on-one financial coaching, financial crisis intervention, workshops and access to partner financial services. Ray's presentation will be followed by plenty of time for your questions.  

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parent Recharge

Thursday, Nov 16 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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The first and third Thursday morning each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday morning of each month. Need some time to relax with other grownups? Want your kids to be socializing while you do? Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. With Allison Dillon.

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Thanksgiving Day: Families First Closed

Thursday, Nov 23
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Closed for Thanksgiving weekend

Saturday, Nov 25
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth
Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parenting Class

Thursday, Nov 30 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every 2nd, 4th (and 5th) Thursday morning
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First offers free parenting classes on the 2nd, 4th (and 5th if there is one) Thursdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. Free child care is always included if you sign up in advance! Please check back closer to the time to find out the topic for each class, or or sign up for our Family Focus newsletter to get announcements by email.

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December 2017
Free (includes child care with advance signup)

College-Bound with ADD/ADHD: A Seminar

Saturday, Dec 2 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

After managing your child’s life through the school years, you are both ready for a break, and you might be willing to let go of the reins and let your child soar!  But will your son or daughter do that?  Have you prepared enough for the pitfalls and distractions of college life for a child with ADD/ADHD?  This seminar on facilitating successful transitions to college life is part of that preparation. This seminar will help participants be better informed about:…

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Closed for Christmas Holiday weekend

Saturday, Dec 23
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Christmas Day: Families First closed

Monday, Dec 25
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

No Family Center Programs this week

Tuesday, Dec 26 - Friday, Dec 29
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

With the exception of Mother-to-Mother Connections, which will still be held, there will be no playgroups, parent support groups or parenting classes held this week.  See you in the New Year.

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Closed for New Year Holiday weekend

Saturday, Dec 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth
January 2018

New Year’s Day: Families First closed

Monday, Jan 1, 2018
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth
Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parenting Class

Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Every Tuesday evening
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First offers free parenting classes every Tuesday evening on a wide range of topics. Free child care is always included if you sign up in advance! Please check back closer to the time to find out the topic for each evening, or sign up for our Family Focus newsletter to get announcements by email.

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