Family Focus

August 2023

| New In August | Get Organized

Thursday, August 10, 10 a.m. | Families First, Portsmouth

  • Guest speaker Kimberly Martin, a Certified Home Organizer
  • Ways you can be more organized at home
  • Practical and realistic tips you can do today
  • Find a sense of calm in your home
  • Free, with child care included!
Sign up and learn more about Get Organized

| New In August | Special Education 101

Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 p.m. | Families First, Portsmouth

  • Special guest from the Parent Information Center!
  • Talk all things IEP
  • Get answers to questions about the special education process
  • Learn about parents' rights
  • Open Q&A
  • Free, with child care included!
Sign up and learn more about Special Education 101

Developmental Talk & Play Series

Join us for an hour of play with a pediatric specialist.

An hour of play in our children's room! Parents and caregivers will hear from a pediatric specialist how to help your child learn and grow, with time for an open Q&A. Ages 0-3 years.

Aug 14 | 10-11 a.m.

Families First, Portsmouth

Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist with a focus on speech and communication development.

Sept 11 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Families First, Portsmouth

Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a focus on fine-motor development.

Sign up and learn more about Developmental Talk & Play

Coming up at the Family Center

Parenting Classes

  • Special Education 101 Wed Aug 9 at 5:30 p.m., Families First
  • Get Organized Thur Aug 10 at 10 a.m., Families First
  • Developmental Talk & Play with a speech and language pathologist Mon Aug 14 at 10 a.m., Families First
  • Parent Recharge Mon Sept 18 at 10 a.m., Families First
  • Communication is Key Wed Sept 20 at 5:30 p.m., Online

Support Groups

  • Parents & Caregivers of Children with an Incarcerated Parent Last Mondays at 7 p.m., Online

Family Morning Out Playgroups

  • Portsmouth Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Families First
  • Somersworth Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Idlehurst School
  • Babytime Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Idlehurst School
Family Center Calendar

Sports & Enrichment: Now Free for Eligible Kids

The #areuin? card gives children access to participate in out-of-school sports and/or enrichment activities, free of charge.

Available to Exeter, Portsmouth, and Hampton residents if your child:

  • Qualifies for federal free and reduced lunch
  • Is enrolled in NH Medicaid and is in grades K-12,
  • Click here to learn more

Meet Other Babies & Caregivers at Babytime

A weekly playgroup for babies 0-12 months and their caregivers. Meet other caregivers while socializing your baby. Join us!

Signup not required. Drop-in's welcome!

Questions? Call our Family Center at (603) 422-8209 or click here.

Family Morning Out Playgroup

Join us for a fun morning out at playgroup! We meet weekly in Portsmouth and Somersworth. Our playgroups are free and signup is not necessary. Everyone is welcome! Visit our website for more details and up-to-date schedule information.

Fun at Family Morning Out!

August Quote

Logic will get you from A to B.

Imagination will take you everywhere.

-Albert Einstein

Art at Home

Looking for a rainy day art project? Try painting with bubble wrap!

You will need bubble wrap, paper, washable paint and a paintbrush. Allow your child(ren) to explore the textures and different techniques. Talk about colors, color mixing, and the different sensory experiences (especially sound and touch!) with your little one during this activity.

What's Happening Around Town?

Cochecho Arts Festival Children's Series

Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Dover, NH

Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Free!

August 8: UNH Theatre

August 15: Wildlife Encounters

Somersworth Kids' Concerts

Pavilion at Somersworth High School

Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. | Free!

August 2: Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals

August 9: Wildlife Encounters

Barrington HRCU Summer Concert Series

625 Franklin Pierce Highway

Local band and a local food truck

August 10 and August 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Free!

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