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             April 2016

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Family resource centers across the nation are helping to raise awareness about child abuse and how we can put an end to it.

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Speak to your state legislators about supporting families and committing funding to supporting the early years.
  • Take a meal to a neighbor family.
  • Simply tell a parent he or she is doing a great job.  Just because they are doing a great job doesn't mean that they know it.
  • Offer to take a friend's child to a museum or other activity.

Young children can get involved as well. They can color a pinwheel or make a pinwheel themselves. The pinwheel is a symbol of a happy childhood. We want all children to have a happy and magical childhood. Click on these:  Pinwheels or the  Coloring page to make copies of the activity. If your child colors or makes a pinwheel, bring it to 2nd Beginnings and we will display it. 

All families struggle with stress and just a bit of kindness may be all that is necessary to help a mom or a dad stay focused on the positive!

Read on to learn about some of our upcoming April events including our Open House, store sale and documentary screening!

Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
The Raising of New Hampshire
TLC Family Resource Center is sponsoring a screening of The Raising of New Hampshire: The Early Years on April 26 at 6:30 pm at Stevens High School in Claremont. The film features the work we do at TLC Family Resource Center as well as other programs across the state. You are invited to come and join with others in a conversation about the importance of investing in education and family support in the first five years. The impact on a community, from its schools to its economy, is felt when we do not invest in those early years.  A panel discussion will follow the 30 minute documentary. Karen Jameson, our nurse caseworker, Taylor Anderson, one of our parents, and Darcy Blood, the Family Advocate for Head Start in Newport, will be the panelists. The goal of this evening will be to engage the community in envisioning some actions for the future that will strengthen the resources available to families.
BIG SALE!  Free pinwheels for first 25 shoppers on April 20!
2nd Beginnings is having a BIG SALE on April 20 in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Come on down and check out all the children's clothing and toys and books. When you make your purchase, you will be helping to support our home visiting and parent education programs. Shop for a cause! The sale will be going on from 10-4 pm on April 20. Door prizes and treats included! If you have somewhere you can post a flier, we would be grateful. Please click here to download one.  
Open House on April 20
We changed our name last October. We started thinking then about an open house this spring to invite the public to learn more about our mission and our staff. Though it doesn't feel like it, spring is finally here. You are invited to come to our Open House on April 20 from 4:00-5:30 PM. We will have some goodies for you to eat and drink. We can show you around our office so you will have a better idea of what we do. We will talk to you about our programs including our latest partnership with The Rocking Chair Project. Please join us. No reservations necessary. Just drop on in. Hope to see you there!
The Week of the Young Child April 10-16
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the Na tional Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families. NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recogniz ing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we as citizens of a community will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

Click here to find out more about The Week of the Young Child. 
SHINE Sessions Continue to the End of the School Year and Beyond!
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 click here to register for a class.
Maggie Monroe-Cassel 
(603) 542-1848