Family Programs & Parenting Classes

Parenting Programs at Greater Seacoast Community Health

Our Family Resource Center offers information and inspiration for parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Our classes, groups and one-on-one programs help build your network of support, connect you to local resources, and expand your parenting toolbox.  Scroll down to learn more or download our latest program listing.

You and your children are warmly welcome at all of our programs. Most programs are free, there are virtual and in-person options at both day and evening times, and child care is provided at no charge during some in-person classes. We hope to see you soon!

Learn About Current Programs

Find program info by clicking one of these buttons, or scroll down for a list of our current programs. Click the + sign to read more and sign up.

Parenting Series & Workshops

Tuesdays, Oct. 4 – Nov. 15, 6-7:30 pm
Online | Free

This seven-week series offers simple, proven parenting strategies for families of children ages 2-10 years. This program helps parents to understand children’s challenging behaviors and effective ways to respond. We will discuss a range of approaches that support healthy relationships, self-regulation, cooperation, self-esteem, and overall mental health. Led by Gina Apgar, MSW.

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Tuesdays, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, 6-7:30 pm
Online | Free

This virtual group focuses on the challenging and critically important skill of communication with our kids, co-parents, partners and others. Led by Gina Genest, M.Ed. owner of The Mindful Zone, LLC. 

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Monday, Oct. 3, 5:30-7 pm
at Families First in Portsmouth | Free

This program will discuss infant feeding options, including safe introduction of solid foods, preparation methods that can be adapted for infants at different developmental stages, and practice preparing age-appropriate infant foods alongside recipes for the whole family. Together, we will prepare a recipe in class. Participants will receive a bag including the ingredients needed to make the recipe again at home. Free child care for participants is available and sign up for the program is required. 

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2022 dates TBA
Online | Free

Parenting Journey is an 11-week program with activities and guided discussions to help parents learn more about themselves, their relationships, and the resources they need to effectively parent their children. Groups will be held online.

In a warm and friendly environment, parents are supported and encouraged to care for themselves and each other as they gain insights about the ways that past experiences can influence current parenting behaviors.

  • Identify your strengths

  • Clarify parenting values and goals

  • Gain respect and build trust with your children

  • Become more confident and optimistic

  • Increase your ability to nurture yourself and your children

  • Build a network of support

After you register, you will receive an email to schedule a short intake phone call, and more information about how to participate in the program via Zoom. You will also receive a gift card to purchase a dinner for yourself during the program.

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Parent & Grandparent Groups

Last Monday each month, 7-8 p.m.
Online Free

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child who has an incarcerated parent? If so, you are not alone. It is estimated that on any given day in America, 1 in 14 children have had–or do have–a  parent who is incarcerated.

This monthly group offers a friendly, safe (virtual) space for caregivers to connect and support one another. We will share information about community resources, ask questions, discuss challenges, celebrate successes, explore self-care strategies, and expand our “parenting toolboxes.”

Participants will receive a $20 Walmart gift card for each meeting they attend. Please contact Jo Ann if you have any questions or want more information.

This group is for NH residents and meets on the last Monday of every month.  Participants will be emailed a Zoom link before each meeting.

The group is supported by the Family Ties Inside Out Project. Here is a list of other groups for incarcerated parents, also supported by Family Ties and offered by other New Hampshire organizations.

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Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
Idlehurst Elementary School
Free

Family Programs and Playgroups

Tuesdays, 10–11:30 a.m. 
Families First Family Center | Free

Held every Tuesday morning, Babytime is an educational, playful and supportive group for babies up to 12 months old and their parents or other caregivers. Expecting parents also welcome. (Does not meet during the last week of August or the last week of December.)

Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Families First Family Center | Free

Family Morning Out is for children ages birth to six with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Children engage in positive, open-ended play that supports their social skills, language development, problem-solving and creativity… and we all enjoy crafts, conversation, songs and story time together. The program is free. Join us! Space is limited, so advance signup is needed.

Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Exeter Parks and Recreation Building, 2nd floor | Free
Starts September 15th

Family Morning Out is for children ages birth to six with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Children engage in positive, open-ended play that supports their social skills, language development, problem-solving and creativity… and we all enjoy crafts, conversation, songs and story time together. No sign-up necessary and the program is free. Join us!

We meet during the school year on the second floor of the Exeter Parks and Recreation Building at 32 Court Street in Exeter.

Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Epping SAU building, Preschool Classroom
Starts Sept. 16
Free

Family Morning Out is for children ages birth to six with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Children engage in positive, open-ended play that supports their social skills, language development, problem-solving and creativity… and we all enjoy crafts, conversation, songs and story time together. No signup necessary and the program is free. Join us!

We meet during the school year in the Head Start classroom in the Epping SAU building at 213 Main St. in Epping.

Advance signup not needed.

Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (not 12/24 or 12/31)
Idlehurst School Playground | Free

Family Morning Out is for children ages birth to six with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Children engage in positive, open-ended play that supports their social skills, language development, problem-solving and creativity… and we all enjoy crafts, conversation, songs and story time together. No sign-up necessary and the program is free. Join us!

We meet on the playground in front of the Idlehurst School at 46 Stackpole Road in Somersworth. You can park in the main lot in front of the school. We will meet inside as the weather changes, and you can enter through the main entrance of the school.

Connect with Us and Our Parent Community

  • For individual support from a Family Center staff member, or for help creating a Parent Education Plan to meet your individual needs, please use this program signup form. Select “Individual Support” from the scroll-down menu near the top. We will then contact you to set up a phone, Zoom or in-person meeting.

  • Join our ParentsConnect Facebook group You are not alone! All parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to join this online community.

  • Subscribe to our Family Focus e-newsletter (monthly) for info on upcoming parent and family programs, parenting tips and ideas, useful links and more.
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We will have a delayed opening at 9:15am on Wednesday 9/14/22

We will have a delayed opening at 9:15am on Wednesday 9/14/22

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