Promoting the optimal health and development of children and families in our
region of New Hampshire
109 Pleasant St, PO Box 1098, Claremont, NH 03743  

 Donate Now             March 2016

I recently had an email communication with a former staff member who aptly stated that the work we are doing is "brain surgery." I was struck by those words. How often do you hear someone say, "Well, it's not that hard. After all, it's not brain surgery!" If income is any measure, we certainly believe that raising and teaching children is not brain surgery and therefore neither hard nor complex.   However, with what we now know from recent brain research, the first five years are when we literally shape and mold the brain with opportunity, experiences and bonding. It is surgery without the scalpel. Every time we help parents learn a new, loving way to interact with their baby, we are helping them build positive connections in the brain. The parents are building a strong foundation for the healthy future of their baby. Conversely, when children are exposed to adverse experiences like domestic violence, their brain cells are responding and forming patterns the determine the patterns in their future. Yes, gentle, loving and non-invasive brain surgery is exactly what we do when we Teach Loving Connections.  It makes a difference for the child, for the parent, and for our society. Thanks for helping us make that difference.
Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The pinwheel represents a happy, healthy childhood. To honor our mission to strengthen families so that they can provide the best parenting possible, you can attend a viewing of Raising New Hampshire at two locations and times. Some of our staff are featured in this short, 30 minutes documentary. The film is a call to action about how we can support our children in the first five years. It will be shown at Colby Sawyer College in New London at 6 PM on April 13. It will be shown at Stevens High School in Claremont at 6:30 PM on April 26. It is free and open to the public at both locations.

Another way to show support for our mission is to make a reservation at the New London Inn for Thursday's Child on April 7th. 1/4 of the net proceeds from the meals served that evening will support our work. It's also a special day because it is our Executive Director's birthday! Call the Inn to make your reservations and don't forget to thank them for the great work they do for local non-profits.

One final April event:  We will have a store wide sale at 2nd Beginnings, 10-4 pm April 20, followed by an open house in our office from 4-5:30 pm.  Please mark your calendars!
Support for Families Dealing with Mental Illness
Learn more about the National Alliance on Mental Illness and how they help families dealing with mental illness.  Read more...
Born to Run 5K
For those who have participated in our Born to Run 5K in the past, please note that we have scheduled it this year for the fall. We have reserved the Town Hall grounds in Cornish for October 8th. This is the Columbus Day weekend and a great time to invite friends from out of state to visit and join you in "the race to end child abuse." Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information via our website. We are looking for members of the community to help us plan and carry out this year's race. Please call our office at 603-542-1848 if you are interested in helping.
Trauma Workshop for Parent and Teachers
Turning Points Network & The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Invite you to attend a workshop

Trauma and Resilience in Teens Who Have Witnessed Domestic Violence
Presented by
Linda Douglas, M.Ed., Trauma Informed Services Specialist
Based on information from the Adolescent Health Care Working Group Toolkit and The Batterer as Parent by Lundy Bancroft
Thursday, April 7, 2016
At the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Room B 152 South St, Claremont
Suggested audience: Teachers & Parents of teens who have been exposed to Domestic Violence

Please RVSP to Amanda by emailing 
Thanks, Rite Aid!  Thanks, Ronald McDonald House Charities!
A check for $7500 was presented complete with a cake party in February at the Rite Aid on Pleasant Street in Claremont.  You may continue to support TLC Family Resource Center by using your Wellness+Plenti card to round up for TLC. Go online to select TLC as your round up partner.

At another check presentation at the McDonald's on Washington Street, we accepted a donation of $3000 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England to help with emergency supplies like diapers and formula.

SHINE Sessions Starting Throughout the School Year
Find out more about our SHINE program here.  We provide comprehensive sexual health information for young women and men 16-21 with the goal to lower teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates in the county. Email to find out more or to register for a class.
Visit 2nd Beginnings, our gently used children's clothing store supporting our mission.  109 Pleasant St, Claremont, NH. Tues-Sat, 10-4. The store is open to the public and has wonderful seasonal clothes for special days like St. Patrick's Day!
Maggie Monroe-Cassel 
(603) 542-1848