Family Focus

January 2024

Coming Up at the Family Center

Parenting Classes

  • Developmental Talk and Play with Pediatric Sleep Specialist Alecia Kernus, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m.
  • Positive Solutions For Families Jan 16- Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Hatchlings: Ready to Hatch (early literacy program), Jan. 22 at 10 a.m.
  • Money Saver Alert with Cooking Matters Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

Support Groups

  • Parents & Caregivers of Children with an Incarcerated Parent Jan 29 at 7pm

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

For more about these programs, scroll down or see the Family Center calendar.

With snow days and holidays approaching, please be sure to check our Family Center calendar for cancellations before attending a program.

Family Center Calendar

Developmental Talk & Play

Monthly on 2nd Mondays

10-11 a.m. | Families First, Portsmouth

  • Next Developmental Talk & Play on January 8, 10-11am
  • An hour of open play in our children's room with a visiting pediatric specialist
  • Hear tips and tricks to help your little one grow and develop at home, ask questions, or just come play!
  • Different specialist each month.

January Developmental Talk and Play will be all about sleep! With special guest Alecia Kernus, pediatric sleep specialist! Newborn through childhood, giving tips and tricks for the sleep regressions, the transitions, and the bedtime battles. 

Developmental Talk & Play Details & Signup

Money Saver Alert with Cooking Matters

Money Saver Alert with Cooking Matters

Monday, January 29, 10-11:30am

  • How to use what you have
  • Practice using "hard to utilize" ingredients
  • How to save food you can't use right away
  • How to have less food waste when introducing children to new foods

Free child care provided, and participants go home with a free bag of groceries!

Money Saver Alert Details & Signup

January Quote

This year...

Recognize your uniqueness.

Offer your support to someone who needs it.

Keep going.

Focus on love, forgiveness, and peace.

Keep growing.

Steer clear of people and things that wound you.

See the love around you.

Strive to be happy.

Speak and be heard.

Support what is right in the face of what is wrong.

Look forward and live today.

Hatchings: Ready to Hatch Early Literacy Program

Hatchlings: Ready to Hatch

Monday January 22, 10-11 a.m.

  • An interactive early literacy program for expectant parents
  • Learn more about your baby-to-be through songs and fun activities
  • Free child care provided for siblings

Offered in partnership with Portsmouth Public Library

Hatchlings Details & Signup

Positive Solutions for Families

Positive Solutions for Families

Tuesdays, Jan 16- Feb 27, 5:30-7pm

A 7-week series offering simple and proven parenting strategies for families of children ages 2-10 years.

Learn effective, age-appropriate strategies to:

  • Promote positive behavior
  • Support mental health
  • Understand the meaning of behaviors
  • Respond to challenging behaviors
Positive Solutions Details & Signup

Babytime Playgroup

Ongoing | Weekly

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

  • A free weekly playgroup in Somersworth for babies 0-1 year and their caregivers.
  • Join us for a fun morning out while socializing your little ones and chatting with other adults.
  • Held in the Families First classroom at Idlehurst Elementary School.

Signup not required. Drop-in's welcome!

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

Learn more about Babytime

Child Care Volunteers Needed

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