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Family Support

Programs for Families, Parents, Youth

Early Home Support

Offering in-home support to families and increasing access to services in the Eastern Monadnock region.

Parenting

Join one of our weekly parenting groups that run throughout the school year! As a community, we provide professional and peer support, parent education, social connections, referrals to all parents. Sessions are held regularly, but can be customized based on your needs.  We also offer a children’s enrichment program for young children while parents are in group.

Children & Youth

Community Farm to Table
The VROOM App for Early Education

Current Programs

Jun
15
Tue
Families, Forests, and Farms
Jun 15 all-day
This is a weekly outing/field trip-based program for the whole family. It provides parents and their children with fun and enriching experiences visiting our local resources. Past adventures have included berry-picking, dairy farms, mini hikes, and more. Masks required. Wednesday program participants will bring a picnic lunch for themselves.
 
Tuesdays:  9:30-11:30
Wednesdays 12:30-2:30
 
JUNE SCHEDULE
•Week of June 1st and 2nd: River Center Paint, Play, crafts and bubbles
•Week of June 8th and 9th : Biking/Walking on the Bike Trail! Meet at the roundabout road on Prescott Hill Road in Peterborough.
•Week of June 15th and 16th : Strawberry picking at Barrett Hill Farm (reschedule date of June 15th and 16th if berries are not ripe) EBT accepted for pick your own at Barrett Hill.
•Week of June 22nd and 23rd : MacDowell Dam Hike and Play
•Week of June 29th and 30th: Family Hike on Hiroshi Trail with Susie Spikol
 
Choose either Tuesday (9:30am-11:30am) or Wednesday (12:30pm-2:30pm) outings. Sign-ups are monthly regardless of how many outings you are able to attend. 
 
 

 

Jun
16
Wed
Families, Forests, and Farms
Jun 16 all-day
This is a weekly outing/field trip-based program for the whole family. It provides parents and their children with fun and enriching experiences visiting our local resources. Past adventures have included berry-picking, dairy farms, mini hikes, and more. Masks required. Wednesday program participants will bring a picnic lunch for themselves.
 
Tuesdays:  9:30-11:30
Wednesdays 12:30-2:30
 
JUNE SCHEDULE
•Week of June 1st and 2nd: River Center Paint, Play, crafts and bubbles
•Week of June 8th and 9th : Biking/Walking on the Bike Trail! Meet at the roundabout road on Prescott Hill Road in Peterborough.
•Week of June 15th and 16th : Strawberry picking at Barrett Hill Farm (reschedule date of June 15th and 16th if berries are not ripe) EBT accepted for pick your own at Barrett Hill.
•Week of June 22nd and 23rd : MacDowell Dam Hike and Play
•Week of June 29th and 30th: Family Hike on Hiroshi Trail with Susie Spikol
 
Choose either Tuesday (9:30am-11:30am) or Wednesday (12:30pm-2:30pm) outings. Sign-ups are monthly regardless of how many outings you are able to attend. 
 
 

 

Mini Explorers: An Outdoor Family Play Group
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Toddler girl walking in the woods
 
Mini Explorers: An Outdoor Family Play Group is a new program designed to encourage your family and others to explore the great outdoors! For children ages 24 months to 5 years old with their parent/caregiver. Email us or click below to register and for more information.
 

 

Jun
17
Thu
See the ABLE not the LABEL
Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

**Meets every other Thursday**

It takes a village to raise a child. Especially if your child has different needs than others. See the ABLE not the LABEL seeks to help parents in the Monadnock region create a village around these awesome kiddos. Together, we will form a peer connection and social support network of individuals working through similar challenges to help each other find and access community supports, advice, advocacy and maybe even a little levity.

Facilitated by Mandy Carter, mother of 2 children with special needs, and Jillian Mercier, mother of 5 children with special needs. This group meet once monthly for 90 minutes via Zoom on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Contact Mandy at acarter@rivercenter.us or call us at (603) 924-6800 for more info.

Community Resources Spotlight Series
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Community Resources Spotlight Series

Representatives of various area organizations will be on hand to talk about their programs, who they support, how to find them, and answer any question that community members might have.

SCHEDULE

  • February 18 – The River Center & Maps Counseling Service (for this date only, RSVP here)
  • March 18 – The Grapevine & Avenue A
  • April 15 – Worksource & Monadnock Developmental Services
  • May 20 – Monadnock Family Services & Reality Check
  • June 17 – Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) and Southern New Hampshire Services (SNHS)

See the Eventbrite listing for more info on each date. When registering, choose the date(s) that you wish to attend.

Jun
21
Mon
Baby and Me
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Toddler girl standing on a balance board supported by mom

 

**This group is intended only for parents/caregivers in the Monadnock area of NH**

**You will be contacted by the group facilitator before the meeting to let you know of the meeting place (in person or via Zoom)**

Build your parent tribe! Build your parenting community!

Share the joys and challenges of pregnancy into parenthood with other new parents and their babies…or bellies! This group is designed for parents-to-be in their 3rd trimester to parents and caregivers with children up to 24 months of age in the Monadnock area of New Hampshire.

Facilitated by Mackenzie Nichols, our group discussions will help answer questions you may have on the challenges of the third trimester, fears of what’s to come, feeding, crying, sleeping, play, developmental milestones, and parenting concerns. There will also be monthly guest speakers on topics such as nutrition, lactation, and infant massage.

Peer counseling, support, and friendship will be fostered and encouraged!

The group meets in-person (with social distancing!) and varies from week to week. Meeting details will be sent to you by the group facilitator, Mackenzie Nichols, after registering.

 

Jun
22
Tue
Families, Forests, and Farms
Jun 22 all-day
This is a weekly outing/field trip-based program for the whole family. It provides parents and their children with fun and enriching experiences visiting our local resources. Past adventures have included berry-picking, dairy farms, mini hikes, and more. Masks required. Wednesday program participants will bring a picnic lunch for themselves.
 
Tuesdays:  9:30-11:30
Wednesdays 12:30-2:30
 
JUNE SCHEDULE
•Week of June 1st and 2nd: River Center Paint, Play, crafts and bubbles
•Week of June 8th and 9th : Biking/Walking on the Bike Trail! Meet at the roundabout road on Prescott Hill Road in Peterborough.
•Week of June 15th and 16th : Strawberry picking at Barrett Hill Farm (reschedule date of June 15th and 16th if berries are not ripe) EBT accepted for pick your own at Barrett Hill.
•Week of June 22nd and 23rd : MacDowell Dam Hike and Play
•Week of June 29th and 30th: Family Hike on Hiroshi Trail with Susie Spikol
 
Choose either Tuesday (9:30am-11:30am) or Wednesday (12:30pm-2:30pm) outings. Sign-ups are monthly regardless of how many outings you are able to attend. 
 
 

 

Jun
23
Wed
Families, Forests, and Farms
Jun 23 all-day
This is a weekly outing/field trip-based program for the whole family. It provides parents and their children with fun and enriching experiences visiting our local resources. Past adventures have included berry-picking, dairy farms, mini hikes, and more. Masks required. Wednesday program participants will bring a picnic lunch for themselves.
 
Tuesdays:  9:30-11:30
Wednesdays 12:30-2:30
 
JUNE SCHEDULE
•Week of June 1st and 2nd: River Center Paint, Play, crafts and bubbles
•Week of June 8th and 9th : Biking/Walking on the Bike Trail! Meet at the roundabout road on Prescott Hill Road in Peterborough.
•Week of June 15th and 16th : Strawberry picking at Barrett Hill Farm (reschedule date of June 15th and 16th if berries are not ripe) EBT accepted for pick your own at Barrett Hill.
•Week of June 22nd and 23rd : MacDowell Dam Hike and Play
•Week of June 29th and 30th: Family Hike on Hiroshi Trail with Susie Spikol
 
Choose either Tuesday (9:30am-11:30am) or Wednesday (12:30pm-2:30pm) outings. Sign-ups are monthly regardless of how many outings you are able to attend. 
 
 

 

Fostering confidence & competence

“My child, who is autistic, and I were often made to feel uncomfortable in public places. He sometimes has behavioral issues that make it hard for him to be accepted in play groups. I was feeling isolated and discouraged. The River Center’s Children’s Enrichment program changed all that. They welcomed my son with open arms! For the first time, I felt hope – as a parent and for my child.”

 

Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce 2017 Not-For-Profit of the Year Winner

Designated by the New Hampshire Wellness and Primary Prevention Council as a Family Resource Center of Quality

Th Monadnock United Way     SaveYourRefund Champion of the Year      New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

 

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