Family Programs & Parenting Classes

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.

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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!

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.

Tuesdays, Jan. 16 – Mar 5th
5:30 to 7 p.m.
at Families First in Portsmouth

Positive Solutions for Families is a 7 week series offering simple and proven parenting strategies for families of children who are 2-10 years old.

Participants will learn effective, age-appropriate strategies.

Sign up for series

2nd Mondays @ 10 a.m. Families First, 8 Greenleaf Woods Drive, in Portsmouth Join us for an hour of play with a pediatric-development specialist in our children’s room. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to hear from a pediatric specialist how to help your child learn and grow, with time for an open Q&A. Sign up for series

Wednesday, March 20th
5:30 – 7 PM
Online

This interactive online group offers practical and concrete strategies to improve communication among family members of all ages and build more effective communication skills when challenging situations arise.

Sign up Required

Last Monday of the 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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Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m.
Idlehurst Elementary School | Free

Cancelled for 2/28/24

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. No need to sign up – just come on over!

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! No advance signup needed.

 

Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Exeter Parks and Recreation Building, 2nd floor | 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 during the school year on the second floor of the Exeter Parks and Recreation Building at 32 Court Street in Exeter.

Advance signup not needed. 

This group will not meet on the following dates:
11/23/23, 12/28/23, 2/29/24, 4/25/24

Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Epping SAU building, Preschool Classroom
Starting Friday, September 22nd
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.

This group will not meet on the following dates:
11/10/23, 11/24/23, 12/29/23, 3/1/24, 4/25/24

Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Idlehurst School Playground | Free

Cancelled 3/1/24

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. 

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.

No sign-up necessary and the program is free. Join us!

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