Family Focus

October 2023

| New In October| Special Education 101

Tuesday October 10

5:30-7 p.m. | Families First, Portsmouth

  • Together with a special visitor from the Parent Information Center, we will discuss school services, parent rights, and the special education process.
  • Open Q&A
  • Free, with free child care provided!
Sign up and learn more about Special Education 101

Parent Recharge

Ongoing | Monthly on 3rd Mondays

10-11:30 a.m. | Families First, Portsmouth

  • Next Parent Recharge on October 16
  • Recharge your "parenting batteries" at Parent Recharge!
  • A morning of conversations and self-care
  • Free, with free child care provided!

We made take-home bouquets at the September Parent Recharge.

Thank you to Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth for the beautiful donation of fresh cut flowers!

Sign up and learn more about Parent Recharge

Developmental Talk & Play

Ongoing | Monthly on 2nd Mondays

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

  • Next Developmental Talk & Play on October 9
  • 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.

October Developmental Talk and Play will be with a Child Development Specialist.

Answering questions and giving advice on all things child development, including eating, sleeping, and behavior management.

Sign up and learn more about Developmental Talk & Play

New in October | P.A.S.T.A. Series

Parenting A Second Time Around (P.A.S.T.A.)

Tuesdays, Oct. 17 - Dec. 5

5:30-7 p.m. | YMCA of the Seacoast, Portsmouth

  • All kinship caregivers, grandparents and other relative caregivers in the position of raising children under the age of 18
  • Topics include child development, guidance, caring for oneself as a caregiver, rebuilding a family, living with teens, legal issues and advocacy
  • Dinner and child care will be provided at no cost!
Sign up and learn more about P.A.S.T.A

Coming up at the Family Center

Parenting Classes

  • Developmental Talk & Play with a child development specialist, Monday Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., Families First
  • Special Education 101 Tuesday Oct 10 at 5:30 p.m., Families First
  • Parent Recharge Monday Oct 16 at 10 a.m., Families First
  • P.A.S.T.A Series Tuesdays Oct 17- Dec 5 at 5:30 p.m., YMCA of the Seacoast, Portsmouth

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
  • Babytime Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Idlehurst School, Somersworth
  • Seabrook Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Rec Building
  • 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
Family Center Calendar

September Quote

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.

Family Morning Out Playgroup

Join us for a fun morning out at playgroup! We meet weekly in Portsmouth, Somersworth, Epping, Exeter, and Seabrook! 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!

Art at Home

Leaf Fox

You will need leaves from outside, googly eyes, glue, and construction paper. Glue the eyes, add a nose and ears, or collect more leaves and create a body, tail, and legs. This is the perfect opportunity for your little one to spend time outside collecting the perfect leaves, explore with a glue stick, and get creative.

What's Happening Around Town?

Weekend Story Time

  • Rye Public Library: October 7 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Barrington Public Library: October 14 at 11 a.m.
  • Portsmouth Public Library: Each Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Center for Wildlife: October 1, 7, 15, 21, 29 1-1:30 p.m.

Kids Workshop at Home Depot

  • October 7, 9-12 p.m.
  • All ages welcome! Free!
  • Held at all Home Depot locations. Just drop in!
  • Every month on the first Saturday

Critter Dinner

  • Great Bay Discovery Center
  • Every Saturday in October at 11 a.m.
  • All ages welcome! Free!
  • Explore the center while the discovery tank critters eat
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