Family Focus

February 2024

Coming Up at the Family Center

Parenting Classes

  • Positive Solutions For Families This class is full. Sign up here to be notified the next time it is offered.
  • Developmental Talk and Play
  • Feb 12 at 10 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth
  • Money Saver Alert: With NH Cooking Matters
  • Feb 15 at 10 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth

Support Groups

  • Parents & Caregivers of Children with an Incarcerated Parent
  • Feb 26 at 7 p.m.

Family Morning Out Playgroups

  • Portsmouth
  • Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Families First
  • Babytime
  • Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Idlehurst School, Somersworth
  • Exeter
  • Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Parks and Rec Building
  • Epping
  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m., SAU Building
  • Somersworth
  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Idlehurst School

All programs are free. For more about these programs, scroll down or see the Family Center calendar. With snowy days approaching, please be sure to check our Family Center calendar for cancellations before attending a program.

Family Center Calendar

Developmental Talk & Play

Feb 12 10-11 a.m.

Families First, Portsmouth

Play, socialize, and learn. Join us for open play in our children's room. Our February focus is developmental milestones.

Monthly on 2nd Mondays

Developmental Talk & Play Details & Signup

Money-Saver Alert: With NH Cooking Matters

Feb 15 10-11:30 a.m.

Families First, Portsmouth

  • In-class cooking of two dishes using “hard to use” ingredients… and yes, taste tasting these dishes too!
  • Go home with a free bag of groceries, just for attending
  • Free child care during the program
  • Advice on saving money at the grocery store
  • Tips on using up what you already have sitting in the pantry 
Money-Saver Details & Signup

Weekly Playgroups

Ongoing | Weekly

Join us for a fun morning out at playgroup!

  • Weekly in Portsmouth, Somersworth, Epping and Exeter.
  • Our playgroups are free, no signup needed, everyone is welcome.
  • Meet other caregivers and babies 0-18 months at Babytime on Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m. in Somersworth.
  • Family Morning Out is for children 0-5 years, with their caregivers. Expect crafts, snacks, songs, and social development opportunities for your little one(s). Family Morning Out meets multiple mornings a week in Portsmouth, Somersworth, Epping, and Exeter.

Please check our website Family Center Calendar or our Parents Connect Facebook page before attending to check for any changes or cancellations.

We want to hear from you!

How do you most frequently find out about our family programs and parenting classes?
Family Focus Newsletter
Seacoast Kids Calendar
Family and Friends
Flyer Posted Locally
Parents and Family Program Brochure
Families First Website


10 surefire strategies for parenting a strong-willed child

"Parenting a strong-willed child is anything but easy. There is no quick fix. However, by parenting mindfully and maintaining my children’s sense of trust, I can promote their cooperation. Moreover, I can maintain their spirited nature and continue to raise them into strong leaders who can have a positive impact on the world one day." -Parenting From Heart


Learn more about parenting strong-willed children and dodging power battles with toddlers.

Read More

Art at Home

Masking-Tape Hearts

Using thick paper or cardstock, draw a large heart using pencil. Show your child how to place tape over the heart shape line. Let them be creative with paint, markers, glitter, and/or watercolor. Once dry, carefully peel tape off, exposing a heart outline in their beautiful artwork.

Happy Valentines Day!

Child Care Volunteers Needed

Find us on Social!

Find the latest program information, cancellations, and more on our Parents Connect and Families First Facebook pages, or visit our website today.

Parents Connect Facebook Page
Families First Health and Support Center Facebook Page
Greater Seacoast Community Health Website
Goodwin Community Health Facebook Page
Facebook  Linkedin