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Resources&Support for NH Families Adoption and Foster Care ADOPT NH adoptnh.org Adoptive Families for Children 18 Centre St., Concord 228-6712, adoptivefamiliesforchildren. com Ascentria Care Alliance – Therapeutic Family Connections 261 Sheep Davis Road, Concord 224-8111, ascentria.org As one of the largest community service organizations In New England, Ascentria Care Alliance empowers people of all backgrounds to rise together and reach beyond life’s challenges. With 60 locations throughout the region, we use an innovative, human-centered care model to help individuals and families move forward and thrive. Foster families are needed throughout NH. Call 603-2248111 to learn more about becoming a foster parent. Bethany Christian Services 183 High St., Candia 483-2886, bethany.org/candia New Hampshire Catholic Charities 215 Myrtle St., Manchester 669-3030, cc-nh.org New Hope For Children 130 Central Ave., Dover 842-4794, newhopeadoption.com NH Foster & Adoptive Parent Association nhfapa.org Waypoint (formerly Child and Family Services of NH) 464 Chestnut St., Manchester 518-4000, waypointnh.org

Information and Support Services 2-1-1: Your link to resources available in NH Dial 211 or go to 211nh.org Alateen/Al-Anon 369-6930, nhal-anon.org

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Alcoholics Anonymous 1-800-593-3330, nhaa.net Ascentria Care Alliance – Therapeutic Family Connections 261 Sheep Davis Road, Concord 224-8111, ascentria.org Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support 33 East Pearl St., Nashua 16 Elm St., Suite 2, Milford 24-hour crisis hotline: 883-3044 bridgesnh.org Child Care Aware of NH 1-855-393-1731 nh.childcareaware.org Community Action Program — Belknap/Merrimack counties Main office: 2 Industrial Park Drive, Concord 225-3295, bm-cap.org Community Action Partnership of Strafford County Main office: 577 Central Ave., Suite 10, Dover 435-2500, straffordcap.org Community Action Program Tri-County Cap Main office: 30 Exchange St., Berlin 752-7001, tccap.org Community Bridges, Inc. 70 Pembroke Road, Concord 225-4153, communitybridgesnh.org Court Appointed Special Advocates of NH (CASA) 138 Coolidge Ave., Manchester 626-4600, casanh.org Easterseals NH Child Development and Family Resource Center 555 Auburn St., Manchester 623-8863, eastersealsnh.org Granite United Way graniteuw.org HAVEN Violence Prevention and Support Services 20 International Drive, Suite 300, Portsmouth

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436-4107, havennh.org 24-hour domestic violence crisis hotline: 1-603-994-7233 Healthy Homes and Lead

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Waypoint (formerly Child and Family Services of NH) 464 Chestnut St., Manchester 518-4000, waypointnh.org

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Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester 401 Cypress St., Manchester 1555 Elm St., Manchester 668-4111, mhcgm.org 2 Wall St., Manchester 623-1916, bedfordcounseling.org

American Red Cross — New Hampshire/Vermont region 225-6697, redcross.org/local/ new-hampshire-vermont Angie’s Shelter for Women Manchester 668-8698

New Hampshire Catholic Charities 215 Myrtle St., Manchester 669-3030, cc-nh.org

Child Abuse Reporting (NH Division of Health & Human Services) 800-894-5533

New Hampshire Children’s Trust 10 Ferry St., Suite 307, Concord 224-1279, nhchildrenstrust.org

Child Help — National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453, childhelp.org

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Concord; 224-8893 24-hour domestic violence hotline: 866-644-3574 24-hour sexual assault hotline: 800-277-5570 nhcadsv.org

Cross Roads House: A secure and transitional shelter 600 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth 436-2218, crossroadshouse.org Drug Free NH 24-hour crisis line: 844-711-4357 drugfreenh.org

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Families In Transition — New Horizons 122 Market St., Manchester 641-9441, fitnh.org

SNHS (Southern New Hampshire Services) Main office: 40 Pine St., Manchester 6688010, snhs.org

GreenPath Financial Wellness 800-550-1961 greenpath.com

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Every child needs a safe place to grow. Become a foster care provider and make a difference in the life of a child or teen! When you open your home and hearts you are helping children ages 0-18 who are in the custody of the State of NH. These young people need stable, structured and loving individuals who will welcome them into their family, home and community. Many have a significant history of loss, trauma and abuse. With the consistent love and support of a committed foster care provider, they can heal and learn appropriate, safe behaviors.

Take the first step and learn more about fostering children! Call 603.224.8111 or visit ascentria.org/children for more information.

Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester Mobile Crisis Response Team 293 Wilson St., Manchester 800-688-3544, mhcgm.org Nashua Children’s Association 125 Amherst St., Nashua 883-3851, nashuachildrenshome.org New Horizons for New Hampshire (food pantry, soup kitchen) 199 Manchester St., Manchester 668-1877, newhorizonsfornh.org NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator nhtreatment.org

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Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention (MCVP) 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-511-6287 mcvprevention.org

New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services — Division for Children, Youth & Families 800-894-5533, dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf

Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter 2 Quincy St., Nashua 889-7770, nsks.org

WIC Nutrition Program 800-942-4321, signupwic.com

Samaritans 24-hour crisis hotline: 357-5505 samaritansnh.org SHARE Program 1 Columbus Ave., Milford 673-9898, sharenh.org The Front Door Agency 7 Concord St., Nashua 886-2866, frontdooragency.org

Our mission is to provide outstanding and affordable occupational, physical and speech therapy services.

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New Hampshire Fish & Game Department 11 Hazen Drive, Concord 271-3421, wildlife.state.nh.us New Hampshire State House Visitor’s Center 107 North Main St., Room 119, Concord 271-2154, gencourt.state.nh.us/nh_visitorcenter/default.htm New Hampshire Housing 32 Constitution Drive, Bedford nhhfa.org New Hampshire Legal Assistance 800-639-5290, nhlegalaid.org

The Youth Council 112 West Pearl St., Nashua 889-1090, theyouthcouncil.org

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Government and State Resources

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Lakes Region Tourism Association 286-8008 or 1-800-60-LAKES lakesregion.org

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New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights 2 Industrial Park Drive, Concord 271-2767, state.nh.us/hrc

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New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services 129 Pleasant St., Concord 844-275-3447 District offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Conway, Keene, Laconia, Littleton, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Rochester dhhs.state.nh.us

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embraces the unique needs of each child and their family. We help children from birth to 18 build skills to thrive in any environment and happily succeed at the job of living.

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Aubrielle’s Hope P.O. Box 1642, Nashua aubrielleshope.com Aubrielle’s Hope is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to New Hampshire families whose child, 5 years old or younger, has passed away. We help families pay for funerals, cremations, burials, and memorabilia. Our mission is to be one glimmer of hope and love in a devastating situation of loss. NH Lawyer Referral Services 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord 229-0002, nhbar.org

Parent Education Adult Learning Center 40 Arlington St., Nashua; 598-8303 4 Lake St., Nashua; 882-9080 adultlearningcenter.org Ascentria Care Alliance – Therapeutic Family Connections 261 Sheep Davis Road, Concord 224-8111, ascentria.org Children’s Place and Parent Education Center, The 27 Burns Ave., Concord 224-9920, thechildrensplacenh.org Families First Health & Support Center 100 Campus Drive, Suite 12, Portsmouth 422-8208, familiesfirstseacoast.org Family Resource Center, The 123 Main St., Gorham 466-5190, frc123.org Family Resource Center of Greater Nashua Find on Facebook Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley 93 South Main St., West Lebanon 298-9524, gbuv.org Grapevine, The (family resources for Hillsborough County) 4 Aiken St., Antrim 588-2620, grapevinenh.org Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center 5 Prospect St., Tilton 286-4255, gtafrc.com Lakes Region Community Services Family Resource Center 719 North Main St., Laconia featured advertiser listings

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Volunteer Opportunities Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia 366-5695, prescottfarm.org

The chance to grow. The support to shine! Crotched Mountain’s Ready Set Connect Autism Centers provide ABA therapy to children in a fun, supportive group setting. We offer regular parent consultations and training sessions as well as social skills and life skills programs for school-age children. Ready Set Connect accepts Medicaid and private insurance.

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What you need to know about

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The vaccinations they need decrease, but as they get older children need protection from a different set of diseases By Melanie Plenda

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arents are full of advice for their teens and tweens when it comes to being safe: Be careful who you talk to on the internet, buckle your seatbelt, wear your helmet, don’t eat something weird on a dare. We give the warnings then sit back, cross our fingers, and hope it’s enough to keep our growing babies safe. But there is something more concrete that parents can do to protect them, according to health officials — remember to get them vaccinated in their tween and teen years. While the number of recommended vaccines for children decreases after age 6, health officials say that at around age 11 it’s time to get your tweens and teens back to their doctor. Dr. Sandra Truebe, a pediatrician with Doctor’s Park Pediatrics in Manchester, said adolescents should first be up to date with their early childhood immunizations, which includes


ens and teens the vaccine against Hepatitis A, an infection passed through food and drink. “[There’s] a current outbreak in New Hampshire,” Dr. Truebe said. “Teens may not have received this yet because it has been given to children between 1 and 2 years old since 2006, but some teens may not have received it if they were older than 2 in 2006.” Vaccine schedule In addition to catching up on childhood vaccinations they may have missed, the Centers for Disease Control recommend these vaccines for ages 11-12: • Influenza (Flu) — every year • Meningococcal (MenACWY) — one dose • HPV — two doses within 12 months • Tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis) (Tdap) — one dose For ages 13-18: • Influenza (Flu) — every year • HPV — if not already vaccinated; a three-dose series is needed for ages 15 and older • A booster dose of Meningococcal (MenACWY) given at 16 years old; and Serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) (Bexsero® or Trumenba®) may be given at age 16 to 23 years; as early as age 10 if recommended by a pediatrician. Tdap Truebe said the vaccines that young children have had for this (DTaP) wear off by adolescence. There is good reason these days to be on top of this vaccine since it is “unfortunately, seen more commonly again now,” she said. “Although the [pertussis] vaccine isn’t perfect, it does provide the best protection available,” Truebe said. “Pertussis is also known as the ‘100 day cough,’ but since early symptoms are the

same as cold symptoms — runny nose, cough, low-grade fever — it is typically not recognized as such until two to four weeks into the illness, at which time antibiotic treatment no longer shortens the course of the cough, and others will have been exposed.” Truebe said pertussis can be life-threatening for older adults and for infants, who will not be fully protected until the 15-month dose. For others, it causes a “miserable” threemonth cough that can lead to rib fractures and that interferes with sleep, school, and life, she said. Meningitis and meningococcal disease Meningitis is an infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord (the meninges). Bacterial meningitis is a dangerous infection that, although rare, can be deadly within hours of symptom onset. According to the CDC, bacteria are transmitted to others by exchanging respiratory and throat secretions during close or lengthy contact. Rates of this disease have been declining in the United States since the late 1990s. There were only 350 cases of the disease reported in 2017, giving it an incidence rate of .11 cases per 100,000 people. While anyone can get this disease, the CDC said that the rates are highest in children younger than 1 and adolescents and young adults age 16 to 23. Meningococcal disease can be deadly. Ten to 15 out of 100 infected people will die and up to one in five survivors will have longterm disabilities that include loss of limbs, deafness, nervous system problems and brain damage, according to the CDC. Truebe said the vaccines given in adolescence protect against Neisseria Meningitidis, which is most commonly seen in adolescents and college-age youth. At 11 or 12, youth are given a vaccine to protect against four of the five strains of N Meningitidis Groups A, C, Y

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 edition of ParentingNH. For more on health issues related to tweens and teens, go to parentingnh.com.

and W-135 (Menactra, Menveo, or Meomune). HPV The HPV vaccine protects against the Human Papilloma Virus. Truebe said the current vaccine protects against nine different strains, including the strains of HPV that cause 90 percent of cervical cancer and abnormal PAP smears, and 90 percent of genital warts. HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact and is typically contracted through sex with someone who has the virus, according to the CDC. Truebe said the HPV vaccine has been widely studied and as of March 2014 more than 60 million doses had been administered in the United States. HPV infections are so common that nearly all men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Nearly 80 million Americans are infected with some type of HPV and about 14 million Americans, including teens, become infected each year, according to the CDC. “Although nine of 10 HPV infections will go away by themselves within two years,” Truebe said, “HPV infections can last longer and cause cervical, penile, oral and anal cancers.” Every year in the United States, HPV causes 33,700 cases of cancer in men and women. For the vaccine to be most effective, the CDC recommends that the doses be given prior to exposure to HPV. Which is why, they say, it’s recommended for adolescents to ensure that they are protected long before they are ever exposed to the virus. Talk with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about vaccinating your child. For an easy-to-read immunization schedule chart, go to: cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules.

Melanie Plenda is a longtime contributor to PNH.

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Health&Wellness Allergists Core Allergy & Immunology 9 Buzell Ave., 3rd Floor, Exeter 418-0034, corephysicians.org

Alternative Medicine Core Acupuncture 7 Alumni Drive, Exeter, NH 778-6777, corephysicians.org Exeter Hospital Massage Services 7 Alumni Drive, Exeter, NH 778-6777, exeterhospital.com Greenhouse Natural Medicine 109 Ponemah Road, Suite 9, Amherst 249-5771, greenhousemedicine.com

Childbirth & Maternity Aubrielle’s Hope P.O. Box 1642, Nashua aubrielleshope.com Catholic Medical Center (CMC) 100 McGregor St., Manchester 668-3545, catholicmedicalcenter.org Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 253 Pleasant St., Concord 226-2200, dartmouth-hitchcock.org One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon 650-5000, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 100 Hitchcock Way, Manchester 695-2500, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 2300 Southwood Drive, Nashua 577-4000, dartmouth-hitchcock.org Dartmouth-Hitchcock Specialty Care at Bedford Medical Park 5 Washington Place, Bedford 695-2500, dartmouth-hitchcock.org St. Joseph Hospital 172 Kinsley St., Nashua 882-3000, stjosephhospital.com Family Center at Exeter Hospital, The 5 Alumni Drive, Exeter 580-6358, exeterhospital.com Partners for Women’s Health 3 Alumni Drive, Suite 401, Exeter 778-0557, womenshealthexeter.com

Dentists & Orthodontists Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire 7 State Route 101A, Amherst 673-1000, childrensdentalnh.com At Children’s Dental Center, we focus on quality of care and creating a positive, nurturing experience. Whether you have an infant and want to build the founda-

tion for a healthy smile, or you just moved to the area with a teenager, our skilled, kid-focused approach means that going to the dentist is something both you and your child can feel good about. Core Pediatric Dentistry 5 Hampton Road, Exeter 773-4900, corephysicians.org Deerfield Family Dentistry 49 Cotton Road, Deerfield 463-7240, deerfieldfamilydentist.com We understand you might be anxious about the process of receiving dental care. So, from the moment you enter our office, we want you to feel at ease. We go the extra mile to transform routine dental care into a truly pleasant experience. Our job is to listen to you, educate you and respect your decisions. Therefore, we make a point of explaining your proposed treatment plan carefully and take the time to answer all your questions completely. Only then will we take you gently through your treatment. Modern dentistry has many techniques, local anesthetics and relaxation methods to increase your comfort. We believe the more involved you are in making dental health decisions, the less room there is for fear and uncertainty. Lindner Dental Associates PC 72 So. River Road, Hampshire Place, Bedford 624-3900, lindnerdental.com The dentists and staff of Lindner Dental Associates have been dedicated to providing high-quality dental services to patients of all ages since 1985. Our unique practice encompasses pediatric, orthodontic, cosmetic, and restorative dental care for all family members, in a state-of-the-art facility. We strive to provide a comfortable atmosphere for all patients to alleviate any anxiety related to dental care.

Child Bereavement Aubrielle’s Hope P.O. Box 1642, Nashua aubrielleshope.com

Ears, Nose & Throat (ENT) Core Otolaryngology & Audiology 9 Buzell Ave, Exeter, 772-8208 200 Griffin Road, Portsmouth, 766-6400 corephysicians.org

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Ear, Nose and Throat 30 Canton St., Suite 2, Manchester 622-3623, dartmouth-hitchcock.org

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Hospitals & Medical Centers Catholic Medical Center (CMC) 100 McGregor St., Manchester 668-3545, catholicmedicalcenter.org Catholic Medical Center (CMC) a member of GraniteOne Health, is committed to delivering the highest quality, most advanced healthcare to patients across New Hampshire. Caring for the very young at heart, through a variety of healthcare services and a dedication to community outreach programs, CMC is helping to foster a healthier community, every day. CMC is where heart meets health. Children’s Hospital at DartmouthHitchcock (CHaD) 25 South River Road, Bedford 695-2500, chadkids.org 253 Pleasant St., Concord 226-2200, chadkids.org One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon 650-5000, chadkids.org 100 Hitchcock Way, Manchester 695-2500, chadkids.org 2300 Southwood Dr., Nashua 577-4000, chadkids.org CHaD at Cheshire Medical Center/ Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene 580 Court St., Keene 354-5400, chadkids.org CHaD at DartmouthHitchcock Heater Road 18 Old Etna Road, (Off Route 120), Lebanon 650-4000, chadkids.org CHaD at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Specialty Care at Bedford Medical Park 5 Washington Place, Bedford 695-2500, chadkids.org CHaD at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 140 Hospital Dr., Bennington, VT 802-442-6361, chadkids.org CHaD at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, a Children’s Center for Specialty Medicine 789 Central Ave., Dover 740-2366, chadkids.org featured advertiser listings


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Seacoast Mental Health Center 1145 Sagamore Ave., Portsmouth 431-6703, smhc-nh.org 30 Prospect Ave., Exeter 772-2710, smhc-nh.org The mission of Seacoast Mental Health Center is to provide a broad, comprehensive array of high-quality, effective and accessible mental health services to residents of the eastern half of Rockingham County. We provide comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and families. Services range from 24/7 365 days a year emergency services to individual and group therapy, couples and family therapy, substance use disorder treatment, and case management.

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Once upon a time, families counted on a trusted babysitter to walk down the street to watch their children on a Friday night or after school. Now with more teens filling their free time with sports, volunteer work, part-time jobs or other activities, the neighborhood babysitter has become a unicorn. Parents also want sitters to have experience, transportation, and the ability to care for children with varying needs — traits difficult to find in a teen child care provider. So what do you do? RECRUIT LIKE A BOSS Lauren Arnold of Rochester is a mom to three boys, ages 12, 9, and 8. The oldest of the three has a form of autism, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, which requires a provider who can be trained to understand his special needs. Arnold said the most important traits a sitter should have is a love for children and the ability to be calm and think on his or her feet. An employment recruiter by profession, Arnold has relied on a variety of techniques to source quality sitters. In addition to using online sites such as Care.com, Sittercity.com and Facebook groups such as Seacoast NH/ME Moms and Seacoast Sitters, she’s reached out to departments at the University of New Hampshire, in particular looking for college students studying psychology, occupational therapy or therapeutic recreation. “Finding new or additional sitters in this hiring climate is hard and usually takes months,” she said. “It’s hard to compete against a call center or a posh retail store. People keep finding part-time work in other fields that pay more. Training someone and having them leave for another job is tough.” Dinah Berch, who moved to Dover last year from Quincy, Mass., said she originally sought child care for her preschool-age daughter and infant son while she worked as a freelance web designer during the day. Berch relied on a roster of three different sitters sourced through online sites, and since has added caregivers. Like Arnold, she put a lot of time into the recruitment process. “I prefer world-of-mouth recommendations from friends, but we were new to the area,” she said. “A few responded to online requests and then stopped responding or never showed up to the meeting. I listed those so that I would never hire them in the future.” Berch said she made sure she met and screened every caregiver prior to hiring her. Traits like reliability, responsibility, good communication skills and a fun demeanor were all things that she evaluated during interviews. She also said any sitter she hired has to be familiar with diaper changing, carseat rules, and how to use an EpiPen, because her son has a peanut allergy. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX For larger families, finding a sitter can prove to be

even more challenging. Airial Sillanpaa of Portsmouth said she finds that hiring just one sitter for her six children, who range in age from 4 to 8, is sometimes not enough. However, Sillanpaa has found a sitter to watch all six at once and will pay up to $25/hour for that service — even if the sitter occasionally watches just two of the children at the same time — as an incentive. “I purchased a one-year membership to Care.com and found it very helpful, but placing an advertisement for a sitter will net you lots of inquiries. It’s pretty time-consuming to weed through them, call references, conduct interviews, and potentially upgrade your membership to allow background checks,” she said. “Unless a family is seeking a nanny, one family cannot always offer enough hours for a qualified caregiver. As a result, the caregiver will work with multiple families. This causes availability challenges again, especially if you only need an occasional or ‘short-notice’ babysitter.” As a result, Sillanpaa said she reaches out to friends, friends of friends, and paraprofessionals in the school system. The caregivers she hires must have their own transportation, be reliable, flexible, and be able to think on their feet. She checks references and will sometimes come home “unexpectedly” to make sure “the six kids haven’t tied her up in the playroom,” she joked. “I typically seek those who have CPR training, or offer to help pay for and find a local course for those who are not. I talk to them about my expectations, discipline style, and family dynamic beforehand,” Sillanpaa said. “I also try and have activities prepared to pass the time and indicate which kiddos can have screen time, and how much.” It is much easier for parents to find quality child care if they allow sitters to bring children to the house. Another way to find good child care is to consider “swapping” child care services with other families, Sillanpaa suggested. “I might take a couple of children for another family on a Saturday, and they do the same for me the next week,” Sillanpaa said. “No money changes hands and the children are awarded with playdates.” Other tips for sourcing quality sitters include taking advantage of programs like the YMCA’s “Parent’s Night Out,” which designates certain nights parents can drop their children off for an evening of crafts and athletics while they go out. Many gyms, including the YMCA, also have onsite child care for members to use while they work out. Or, you can reduce your need for babysitters if you instead seek out help for house cleaning, grocery shopping, yard work, or other services rather than hiring a sitter to care for your children while you tackle those tasks, Sillanpaa said. Krysten Godfrey Maddocks is a former journalist and marketing director who now regularly writes for higher education and technology organizations.

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Education&Childcare Child Care & Early Learning Programs Auburn Montessori School 78 Rockingham Road, Auburn 627-1691, auburnmontessori.com In our 30th year, we are an established school, offering an environment rich in academic, artistic and outdoor experiences. Our focus on care for self and others, peace curriculum, woods, gardens and resident animals combine to build in each child a strong connection to their world. We are proud to foster a sense of support and community with our families lasting years beyond graduation. Part or full time/summer camps. Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire 55 Bradley St., Concord 224-1061, centralnhclubs.org Professional, state-licensed infant/toddler and preschool care at early learning centers In Belmont, Concord, Laconia, and Suncook. Before/after school programs in Andover, Alton, Belmont, Epsom, Holderness, Hopkinton, Laconia, Stoddard, Suncook, Sutton, Tilton, Warner, and Weare. Award-winning early childhood and school-aged programming focused on developing caring, competent and confident kids. Boys & Girls Club of Manchester 555 Union St., Manchester 625-5031, begreatmanchester.org Learning Adventures, ECC 51 Old Bedford Road, Bedford 669-2811, learningadventuresnh.com At Learning Adventures our goal is to provide each child with a safe, quality environment in which to explore the world around them through meaningful experiences and activities. Our state-licensed center is open year ‘round and offers affordable childcare for children ages 1-4 years, as well as, summer camp programs for school age children. Nashua Child Learning Center 5 Saint Laurent St., Nashua 883-4356, nclckids.org A variety of planned experiences that stimulates active learning with exceptional age appropriate education in a

Christian environment since 1974. State of N.H. licensed plus status with degreed and state qualified teachers, developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants to full-day kindergarten with specialized instruction in music and creative movement. Call for openings. Over The Rainbow Preschool 223 Rockingham Rd., Derry 432-6655 Celebrating 32 years in Education. We have built a reputation of having longterm qualified staff with 3 generations in the school. Licensed by the State of NH CCLB for 6 weeks–12 years. Offering a variety of quality developmentally age-appropriate programs. Full & part time extended care programs. School year & summer sessions. Nurturing the whole child in a safe & loving environment. Salem Family Resources - Success By 6 - The Learning Cooperative Early Education & Enrichment Program at the Haigh School, 24 School St., Salem 898-5493, salemfamilyresources.org Salem Family Resources — a NH Family Resource Center • The Learning Cooperative Preschool — starting at 24 months, and Enrichment Programs for PreK to age 10 • Parenting & Play Groups for families with young children; Groups meet in Salem and Derry • Workshops for Parents and Educators For information about our affordable programs and assistance please contact: 603 898-5493 info@salemfamilyresources. org Visit our website: salemfamilyresources.org The Granite YMCA YMCA of Downtown Manchester 30 Mechanic St., Manchester 623-3558 YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown 497-4663 YMCA of Strafford County 35 Industrial Way, Rochester 332-7334 YMCA of the Seacoast 550 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth

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431-2334 YMCA of Greater Londonderry 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry 437-9622 graniteymca.org The Granite YMCA is the community leader in providing high-quality child care for infant, preschool and school-aged children. Children grow while exploring and having fun in a variety of hands-on and physical activities.  Programs include before and after school child care, day/overnight camps, teen centers, and teen leadership programs.  Financial assistance available.  For more information visit graniteymca.org. The Trinity Early Learning Center 12 Station Road, Bedford 622-6336, tlcnh.org  Come grow with us at The Trinity Early Learning Center (TELC)!  We accept children ages 6 weeks through 5 years, and offer after school care for ages 5-12.  The TELC provides a loving Christ-centered learning environment that nurtures wholeness, creativity, and education-based care.  Schedule a visit today.  Contact Linda Brady, Head of School at 603-622-6336. World Academy 138 Spit Brook Road, Nashua 888-1982, worldacademynh.com World Academy is a progressive, NEASC and NAEYC accredited, independent school for students from Infant through grade eight. Our cutting-edge 55,000-square-foot campus is located on six beautiful acres and serves nearly 500 families with a team of more than 75 highly-credentialed teachers. Our mission is to prepare our students for personal success in the rapidly changing global future through a transformative 21st Century Education, a whole child focus and family engagement.  

Charter School Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies 1066 Front St., Manchester 316-1170, sparkacademynh.org Spark Academy is a charter school

located on the campus of Manchester Community College. We empower students with opportunities to master technical skills in a high school and early college program that emphasizes the dignity and value of work. They will develop into innovative problem solvers ready to enter the technical careers of their choice upon graduation or through further study.

Career Education Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies 1066 Front St., Manchester 316-1170, sparkacademynh.org

College Planning Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies 1066 Front St., Manchester 316-1170, sparkacademynh.org

Educational Resources The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center 36 Tsienneto Rd., Derry 437-8477, URteachers.org The Upper Room is a Family Resource Center serving parents, grandparents, children and teens through 15 educational programs, classes, support groups, referral services, including support for young adults.

Kindergarten Auburn Montessori School 78 Rockingham Road, Auburn 627-1691, auburnmontessori.com High Mowing School 77 Pine Hill Drive, Wilton 654-6003, pinehill.org, highmowing.org Learning Adventures ECC 51 Old Bedford Road, Bedford 669-2811, learningadventuresnh.com Nashua Child Learning Center 5 Saint Laurent St., Nashua 883-4356, nclckids.org St. Christopher Academy 20 Cushing Ave., Nashua 882-7442, stchrisschoolnh.org

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Private elementary schools High Mowing School 77 Pine Hill Drive, Wilton 654-6003, pinehill.org, highmowing.org We are a progressive, arts, movement and nature-based Waldorf School. Your child will develop the capacities needed to meet the demands of our ever-changing world and live a joyful, balanced, and fulfilling life. Our broad and inclusive curriculum challenges and inspires students through captivating learning experiences. Independent Preschool-grade 12. $2.7M Financial aid, scholarships, bus service. Come, be inspired. St. Christopher Academy 20 Cushing Ave., Nashua 882-7442, stchrisschoolnh.org At St. Christopher Academy, we provide an education with high academic and moral standards for every pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade student who desires it, regardless of economic status or religious background. At both the upper and lower campuses, the traditional curriculum is enhanced by

state-of-the-art technology. In addition, students learn to become moral, enthusiastic community members and leaders through service projects and activities. The Trinity School of Bedford 12 Station Rd., Bedford 603-622-6330, tsbnh.org Looking for a Christ-centered education for your Kindergarten through Grade 3 student? Come grow and learn with us at Trinity School of Bedford!  We employ a holistic approach to education that prepares a child for participation in society, grounded in excellence and a biblical worldview.  Call to schedule a visit.  Contact Linda Brady, Head of School at 603-622-6330. World Academy 138 Spit Brook Road, Nashua 888-1982, worldacademynh.com

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Daniel Sixon Daniel, 13, of Milford, is an eighth-grade student at Milford Middle School. He has a brother, David, 16, and a sister Rachel, 8, whom he regularly entertains with a series of short stories he writes. In his spare time he loves being outside and participating in soccer, basketball and track at his middle school. As a three-year member of the MMS chorus, his mom says Daniel’s creativity has been nourished. He is the son of Jonathan Sixon and his wife, Kathy Kowalchyk.

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Writers age 7 and older wrote about books ranging from Harry Potter to Nancy Drew. Fantasy, dinosaurs and dragons were especially popular.

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parents want her to be an obedient Indian premed student who attends college close to their home in Chicago. Throughout all of this, she is maintaining a near impossible balancing act of managing two relationships and handling the hate she receives after an Indian Muslim is accused of a terrorist attack. The book is my favorite because it opened my eyes to a real-life problem. Although our ethnicities differ, I found this novel meaningful due to the great attention being brought to Indian Muslim injustice in America. This subject is discussed infrequently in modern literature, and I am pleased it has been brought to the forefront. I enjoyed the wide range of unique characters, my favorite one being Kareem. He was Maya’s initial bachelor, having been set up by her parents. Although his debut made him seem pompous and arrogant, as the plot endured, Kareem showed his caring and understanding side. “Love, Hate and Other Filters” was a very captivating book to read from my standpoint. It presented me with an issue I knew little about and made me more aware of it. While I continue to read more novels this summer, “Love, Hate and Other Filters” will always have a lasting impact on me.

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Ishaan Nyaharkar, 7, of Merrimack, is a second-grade student at MicroSociety Academy Charter School in Nashua. Ishaan loves eating ice cream and wrestling with his brother, Tejas, 8. He also loves to build with Legos, enjoys playing the piano and is fond of reading, swimming, biking and doing yoga with his grandmother. He is also a big fan of the Avenger movies and Ninjago. Ishaan is the son of Uday and Jayshree Nyaharkar.

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Margaret Cunnane Hall Attorney at Law Eesha, 11, of Westford, Mass., is a sixth-grade student at Stony Brook Middle School. She is passionate about reading, writing and playing music. She takes great interest in playing the piano. She’s also a big Harry Potter fan, Expecto Patronum! Eesha enjoys playing with her younger brother Aashish and likes to help her parents, Mahesh and Savitha Patil, with chores at home. Mom says she is a friendly and fun-loving girl and loves going on vacation with family and friends.

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Attorney Hall is a Family Lawyer Divorce • Parenting • Child Support • Alimony

Attorney Hall has an active private domestic adoption practice. Now welcoming prospective adoptive parents for private newborn adoptions. For further information visit www.margaretchall.com Attorney Hall is pleased to welcome Attorney Anne-Marie Hall Palmieri to the office. 80 South Street, Milford, NH 03055 603-673-8323

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Enrichment Programs Art, Music and Theater

Dance and Gymnastics

Sports, Fitness and Recreation

Bedford Youth Performing Company 155 Route 101, Bedford 472-3894, bypc.org BYPC is a nonprofit performing arts school providing professional, comprehensive training and performance opportunities in music, theatre and dance classes and camps for pre-professional and recreational students ages newborn to adult. BYPC also offers an arts integrated preschool, Creative Kids Preschool, and enrichment programs in math, science, reading and language for students in preschool and Kindergarten.

Gymnastics Village 13 Caldwell Drive, Amherst 889-8092, gymnasticsvillage.com One of the top gymnastics training facilities in the Northeast, we offer classes for children 18 months to 18 years. USA Gymnastics competitive programs for both boys and girls. We offer birthday parties for up to 15 children. We also provide a full range of gymnastics activities throughout the summer.

Camp Birch Hill 333C Birch Hill Rd., New Durham 859-4525, campbirchhill.com

Currier Museum of Art and Art Center CMA: 150 Ash St., Manchester; AC: 180 Pearl St., Manchester CMA: 669-6144; AC: 518-4922, currier.org Salem Family Resources-Success By 6 -The Learning Cooperative Early Education & Enrichment Program at the Haigh School, 24 School St., Salem               898-5493, salemfamilyresources.org YMCA of Greater Nashua Nashua Branch 24 Stadium Drive, Nashua 882-2011, nmymca.org Merrimack Branch 6 Henry Clay Dr, Merrimack 881-7778, nmymca.org Westwood Park YMCA 90 Northwest Blvd., Nashua 402-2258, nmymca.org

Happy Feet Dance School, LLC 25 Indian Rock Road, Windham 434-4437, happyfeetdanceschool.biz Happy Feet Dance School offers fun, age-appropriate dance classes to students ages 2 through teens! The school prides itself on being referred to as “the friendly dance school.” Their dedicated staff nurtures each child’s unique abilities to allow all of their students to develop self-esteem, in helping to reach their full potential.

Outside the Classroom Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org

EVO Rock + Fitness 10 Langdon Avenue, Concord 715-9171, evorock.com/concord-nh/ We know that everyone has untapped potential inside of them – it’s only a matter of discovering it. EVO provides the framework for people of all ages and abilities to discover that potential through climbing in an encouraging, nonintimidating environment. Being part of the climbing community and culture is wonderfully captivating and we want you to come along. Join us! The Granite YMCA YMCA of Downtown Manchester 30 Mechanic St., Manchester 623-3558 YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown 497-4663 YMCA of Strafford County 35 Industrial Way, Rochester 332-7334 YMCA of the Seacoast 550 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth 431-2334 YMCA of Greater Londonderry 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry 437-9622 graniteymca.org

The Workout Club & Wellness Center 16 Pelham Rd., Salem, 894-4800 18 Orchard View Dr., Londonderry, 434-6565 theworkoutclub.com The Works Family Health & Fitness Center 23 Works Way, Somersworth 742-2163, workshealthclub.com

Youth and Teen Services Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire 55 Bradley St., Concord 224-1061, centralnhclubs.org Boys & Girls Club of Manchester 555 Union St., Manchester 625-5031, begreatmanchester.org The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester offers, fun, safe and affordable before and after school programs for children in grades 1 through 12 with a focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Fees vary based on grade and program. For more information, call or visit us online. The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center 36 Tsienneto Rd., Derry 437-8477, URteachers.org The Upper Room is a Family Resource Center serving parents, grandparents, children and teens through 15 educational programs,classes, support groups, referral services, including support for young adults.

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Teaching and growing the whole child through the arts.

Get creative. Make friends. Have fun. Celebrate creativity at the Currier Museum of Art with fun-filled activities for the whole family. 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH. Learn more at Currier.org.

Watch your child grow and flourish in BYPC’s Kindermusik and Leap ’N Learn Programs.

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Get out! New Hampshire is leading the way in accessible recreation. Here’s where to go. by Sarah Ahearn

Max Morrissette, 9, of Bedford, receives equine therapy at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton.

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y LEGO guy is in my pocket so I feel brave and strong on my horse, like Superman! I play ‘around-the-world’ and it makes me strong because I’m doing strong things that nobody can do except me,” Bodhi Bhattarai said. Bodhi attends UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Goffstown and Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton for hippotherapy — using horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment. Thanks to inclusive places and programs such as UpReach and BITS, Bodhi has grown from a hesitant participant to a playful rider whose strength and stamina continue to progress while he does something he enjoys. “Riding a horsey is my favorite thing! Or playing LEGOs … yeah, that too,” Bodhi said. Being able to access the things you like to do and have fun contributes to a good quality of life. People with disabilities and their families need to be able to explore and experience their communities. Accessing the front door to a place and fully participating in activities that you love are necessary for everyone. Luckily, opportunities for accessible recreation have increased in recent years and New Hampshire is becoming a leader in offering accessible recreation to everyone, everything from sensory-friendly movie times to having access to the outdoors to different ways to travel. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Exploring Our Way program in Dover is designed for kids on the autism spectrum and their families so they can enjoy the museum just like everyone else. It is held once a month on a Sunday morning

when the museum is quieter. A participant said, “This is wonderful! I can’t begin to express what a positive experience it has been for our son. We had tried many times to bring him to the museum during normal hours, but it proved unsuccessful time and time again. This program allows him to enjoy the museum just as his typically developing peers do, and I cannot thank them enough for making it happen.” Paula Rais, Vice President of Development & Community Education for the Museum, said the Exploring Our Way program lets families see what it is like and get comfortable at the museum so they can possibly transition to coming on another day. If yoga is more your thing, Yoga in Action, formerly known as SATYA, Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action, is a yoga network in the Seacoast area that offers accessible and inclusive yoga classes for all abilities. A father of a participant says his son “…can participate in (yoga) successfully. He loves being with his friends and peers. They not only motivate him to move but he sees how they participate despite their own limitations, which models for him that he can do it, too.” Northeast Passage, Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country and Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation & Sports make outdoor sports such as skiing, cycling and kayaking accessible to everyone. Northeast Passage also offers adaptive equipment rentals so you can go where you want and when you want to experience the outdoors. You can also participate in indoor activities such as adaptive climbing and tennis. The possibilities are endless with accessible recreation. Sarah Ahearn is an AmeriCorps VISTA at the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Where to find accessible recreation Cultural/Educational Bookshare: bookshare.org/cms Children’s Museum – Dover (including Exploring Our Way program): childrens-museum.org/visit/accessibility Cinemagic Theaters: cinemagicmovies.com/page/3588/Sensory-and-Family-Friendly-Showings-Showtimes Currier Museum, Manchester: currier.org/visit/accessibility Main Street Art, Newfields: mainstreetart.org National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped/Library of Congress: loc.gov/nls O’Neil Cinemas, Epping: oneilcinemas.com/epping-nh/programs/sensoryfriendly Peterborough Players, Peterborough: peterboroughplayers.org Red River Theatres, Concord: redrivertheatres.org Talking Book Services, NH State Library, Concord: nh.gov/nhsl/talking-books Sonatina Center, Dover: thesonatinacenter.com CONTINUED Studio 550, Manchester: 550arts.com

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Where to find accessible recreation • CONTINUED Outdoors/Sports

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Adaptive Sports, Franconia: adaptivesportspartners.org Athletes Roll: athletesroll.com Atlantic Gym, Dover & Portsmouth: atlanticgym.com Camping with a Disability: camprec.org Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation & Sports, Greenfield: crotchedmountain.org/prgrams-and-services/accessible- recreation/accessible-trails Disabled Hikers: disabledhikers.com Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge – Boardwalk hike: fws.gov/refuge/Great_Bay Hampton Beach: Beach wheelchairs available at Seashell Pavilion at Lifeguard First Aid Station, call 227-8722; first-come, first-served National Parks Access Pass: nps.gov/planyourvisit/pass.htm Nature Conservancy – Ossipee Pine Barrens Accessible Trail: nature.org New England Disabled Sports: nedisabledsports.org Northeast Passage, Durham: nepassage.org Northern NH’s accessible trails: upstatenh.com/Recreation/HandicappedAccessible-Trails-in-Northern-NH.html Trail Access Project: accessibleparks.org Surfing With Smiles: surfingwithsmiles.com

Abilities.com – Resources on inclusive recreation: abilities.com/community/ inclusive-recreation.html Back In The Saddle Equine Therapy Center, Hopkinton: bitsetc.org Chuckster’s, Hooksett: chucksters-hooksett.com Conway Scenic Railroad for Children on the Spectrum, North Conway: conwayscenic.com/blog/sensory-friendly-fridays Friends in Action, Durham: nfriendsinactionnh.org Nashua’s Legacy Playground, Nashua: Find on Facebook Planet Fitness, various locations: planetfitness.com Storyland’s Sensory-Friendly weekends: storylandnh.com/sensoryfriendlyinfo UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Goffstown: upreachtec.org Yoga in Action, Greenland: yogainaction.org

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Travel resources Autism Travel: autismtravel.com Curb Free with Cory: autismontheseas.com Disabled World: Travel tips for those with disability: disabled-world.com/travel/ air-lines Mobility International: miusa.org/plan/americans-abroad Spin The Globe: spintheglobe.net Trip Buzz: tripbuzz.com/wheelchair-accessible-travel-guide Wheelchairtravel.org: wheelchairtravel.org Wheelchairtraveling.com: wheelchairtraveling.com


Special Needs Advocacy and Support Services Living Innovations 62-A Whittier St., Dover 319-6550, livinginnovations.com Living Innovations provides support to people of all ages and abilities to have a good life at home and in the community. One Sky Community Services 755 Banfield Road, Portsmouth 603-436-6111, oneskyservices.org

Area Agencies One Sky Community Services 755 Banfield Road, Portsmouth 603-436-6111, oneskyservices.org As a private nonprofit agency, we have been serving Rockingham County since 1983. We believe in the communities we serve and the ability of everyone to make a difference. We challenge ourselves to think outside the box so that we can do the best job possible. Our mission is to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders have the same opportunities like everyone else to be successful and live a happy and fulfilling life in our community.

Developmental Services Living Innovations 62-A Whittier St., Dover 319-6550, livinginnovations.com One Sky Community Services 755 Banfield Road, Portsmouth 603-436-6111, oneskyservices.org Richie McFarland Children’s Center 11 Sandy Point Road, Stratham 778-8193, richiemcfarland.org The Richie McFarland Children’s Center is an early childhood intervention program designed to equip children to reach their full developmental potential while educating and empowering families to support and guide their child’s success. At RMCC, you can trust your child will get the best start with experts in speech, occupational and physical therapy, opportunities for small-group play and connections to critical community resources.

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Bridging the edu c Summer camp helps kids avoid the ‘summer slide’ By kathleen kearns

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hen you hear the phrase, “summer slide,” you might think about fun times at the water park. But the phrase refers to the documented loss of learning that occurs during summer vacation. Studies show that many youths experience a setback in their education when school takes a pause and they are away from structured learning and the discipline of the classroom. Research demonstrates that at least a month of a child’s overall ability to learn is lost over summer vacation. In addition, students suffer a two-month loss in reading skills and a more than two-month loss in math skills. Because of these losses, most veteran teachers know that the first six weeks of school will be taken up by teaching old material that students need to re-learn before they can move on to the current year’s curriculum. Why the slide?

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Check out ParentingNH’s annual Summer Camp Guide and two free summer camp expos each March. More information and PNH’s virtual Camp Expo can be found at parentingnh.com.

The average child often squanders their time with Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, TV and video games. Though some screen time can be educational, the majority of these unsupervised activities are often of no practical or educational value. Summer learning loss has


u cation gap been documented as early as first grade and increases each year with the greatest loss occurring in the higher grades. Educators propose three possible solutions to preventing the summer slide — summer school, extending the school calendar or modifying the educational system to offer year-round education. And yet, parents know that their children (and their teachers) need a fun, healthy break from the grind of the classroom. Closing the gap New Hampshire camps have been a part of the state’s culture for more than 135 years, offering summer fun to children and adults. Camps have become much more

than campfires and s’mores. They are staffed by highly qualified educational professionals that provide fun in an alternative outdoor classroom. Many children that struggle in school thrive in the experiential, outdoors, hands-on environment of camp where they can learn and practice life skills without feeling the pressure of the classroom. Parents can choose from many types of camps to ensure their child has a productive summer that keeps them on track. These include day camps, library reading camps, church camps, residential overnight camps, and camps that focus on a particular interest or activity. Camp curriculum New Hampshire camps teach

both hard and soft skills to kids. Activities that teach hard measureable academic skills include reading and journaling, opportunities to put math to practical use, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experiments, technology exploration, and plenty of healthy physical activity. Soft skills include opportunities for campers to set goals, solve problems, develop leadership qualities, work as a valued member of a team, and improve their communication and resilience skills. Ideally, every child should go to camp with a plan to learn something new that will increase their competence and confidence when they return to school. Paying for camp Many parents have neither the time nor extra money to send their children to camp, take them on educational outings or participate in their summer activities. If a child lives in a rural area or

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is an only child, that youth is less likely to have social contact with peers and is more likely to be isolated. Children who receive free or reduced lunch are also less likely to have access to good nutrition on a daily basis, a key component that supports all focused learning. Working families need not despair – even if you cannot afford to send your child to camp. Many New Hampshire camps offer scholarship opportunities to children and families. In some cases, families can apply for a scholarship for their child directly, or may ask their child’s guidance counselor for a referral. Parents can explore summer learning possibilities at the New Hampshire Camp Directors’ Association website: nhcamps.org. You can search using various criteria including location, type, cost, and session length. Kathleen Kearns is a freelance writer and Executive Director of the Circle Program, a nonprofit organization.

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Camps& Summer Programs Art, Music and Theater Bedford Youth Performing Company 155 Route 101, Bedford 472-3894, bypc.org Currier Museum of Art and Art Center CMA: 150 Ash St., Manchester; AC: 180 Pearl St., Manchester CMA: 669-6144; AC: 518-4922, currier.org

Over The Rainbow Preschool 223 Rockingham Rd., Derry 432-6655

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Dance and Gymnastics Gymnastics Village 13 Caldwell Drive, Amherst 889-8092, gymnasticsvillage.com

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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia 366-5695, prescottfarm.org Prescott Farm is dedicated to providing year-round environmental education programs for all ages and a place in the Lakes Region community that encourages curiousity, discovery, fun,

and connection to the natural world. Free public access to 160 acres of hiking trails, gardens and a natural playscape. Prescott Farm – exploring and preserving the natural world, one adventure at a time. Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org

Sports, Fitness and Recreation Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire 55 Bradley St., Concord 224-1061, centralnhclubs.org

Boys & Girls Club of Manchester 555 Union St., Manchester 625-5031, begreatmanchester.org Camp Birch Hill 333C Birch Hill Rd., New Durham 859-4525, campbirchhill.com Your home away from home! Camp Birch Hill is a traditional, family-owned summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-16. Nestled on 100 acres of private, lakeside land in the lakes region of New Hampshire campers can choose from 50 diverse activities throughout their two-, four-, or six-week stay. EVO Rock + Fitness 10 Langdon Avenue, Concord 715-9171, evorock.com/concord-nh/

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arentingNH compiles lists of the best of what there is to do in New Hampshire during the summer in its annual Family Summer Fun Guide. Here’s just a sample of some of the places, events and things to do that you’ll find in the 2020 edition. Be sure to look for the complete Family Summer Fun Guide when the kids get out of school in June on newsstands and at parentingnh.com.

Climb your way up Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey

Best of NH Party Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Manchester Don’t miss the hottest and tastiest summer party of the year on Thursday, June 18, 2020, featuring all of your favorite food and beverages. Admission includes all-you-care-toenjoy food, beer, wine, cocktails, live entertainment, music and more. The Best of NH Party is a rain-orshine event that is held outdoors on the stadium’s covered concourse. nhmagazine.com

Take a step back in time Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Tamworth

Along the northern edge of the Lakes Region, the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth takes visitors back to rural 19th-century New Hampshire. Take part in farm chores, arts, crafts and traditional foods demonstrations, and don’t miss the family nature trail to views of Mount Chocorua. remickmuseum.org

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Make your way to the top of Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular hiking spots in the state, with easy access from Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey. Approximately 125,000 people hike Monadnock each year, drawn by the summit’s eye-popping views that reach all the way to Boston on a clear day. Summit trails are best suited for kids older than 8 and kids who already hike. nhstateparks.org


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Shop ’til you drop, and more North Conway

The resort area of North Conway is a treasure trove of everything good summer has to offer in New Hampshire. Hiking trails are everywhere. Cool off in glacial potholes of Diana’s Bath. The Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum and Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center await. Plus, stroll, shop and dine your way through the picturesque downtown area, whatever the weather. Coming or going, North Conway’s tax-free outlet malls on the outskirts of town help you stock up for your summer adventure. And don’t forget, White Mountains attractions, including Story Land (in Glen) and Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park, are only a short drive away.

NH Maker & Food Fest

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover

The NH Maker & Food Fest is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists, to chefs, the NH Maker & Food Fest is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and for all of us to enjoy fantastic food! We call it the Greatest Show & Tell (& Taste) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. The event is Saturday, June 27, 2020. childrens-museum.org

Sun, surf and fun for everyone

Hampton Beach What’s summer in New Hampshire without a day at the beach? In addition to the miles-long stretch of sandy beach, you will find the famous boardwalk filled with arcades, tourist shops, and family-style restaurants. Hampton Beach is budget-friendly vacation dream with free outdoor concerts, weekly fireworks displays and a large beach-side playground to keep the kids busy. For the most fun in the sun, time your visit to coincide with the Hampton Beach Children’s Festival, held in August. It’s a week filled with games and free activities.

Hit it out of the park

Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Manchester Enjoy an afternoon cheering on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, an AA-affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Off the field at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, kids can spend part of those extra-long innings in a special children’s play area, with bouncy house, games, and an obstacle course. Check out the calendar for special themed days, giveaways and fireworks. nhfishercats.com

Living history

Lost River Gorge, North Woodstock When the last Ice Age retreated, it left behind Lost River Gorge in North Woodstock, a glacial rock-strewn canyon that makes the river flowing through it seem to mysteriously “disappear.” Today, you and your kids can make your way along a wooden boardwalk to check out deep caves and a rushing waterfall. Kids can even pan for fossils and gemstones along the river. Check out the Gorge’s event calendar for evening lantern hikes and live animal presentations. lostrivergorge.com

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Family Fun Attractions

Destination Resort

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia 366-5695, prescottfarm.org

The Inn at East Hill Farm 460 Monadnock St., Troy 800-242-6495, east-hill-farm.com The Inn at East Hill Farm is a working farmstay that offers a vacation atmosphere coupled with an authentic farm-oriented educational experience. Year-round activities for the whole family include indoor & outdoor swimming, hiking, skating, snowshoeing, cow milking, egg collecting, wagon rides, horseback riding, and a children’s recreation program.  Three home-cooked family style meals served daily and a bottomless cookie jar!

Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org Strawbery Banke Museum 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth 433-1100, strawberybanke.org In the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth NH , this 10-acre living history museum brings 300+ years of stories from this waterfront neighborhood alive through 32 original buildings, 8 gardens, costumed role-players, traditional crafts, Native American arts and interactive exhibits. A hands-on, minds-on learning space for visitors of all ages. Member of the TripAdvisor Award of Excellence Hall of Fame.

Museums Children’s Museum of NH 6 Washington St., Dover 742-2002, childrens-museum.org Offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Guests can explore subjects such as dinosaurs, music, aeronau-

tics, world cultures, art and more. Open Tuesdays - Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays Noon-5pm during school year and seven days a week during summer. Admission is free for Members, $11 Adults and Kids over 12 months, $9 Seniors 65+. Currier Museum of Art and Art Center CMA: 150 Ash St., Manchester; AC: 180 Pearl St., Manchester CMA: 669-6144; AC: 518-4922, currier.org The Currier Museum of Art is home to internationally renowned collection of European and American art, including works by Monet, Hopper, and Wyeth. The Currier’s Art Center offers classes and workshops for people of all ages and skill levels, and popular kid’s camps yearround. The museum owns two Frank Lloyd Wright homes, both open to the public for tours. SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org Visit SEE for fun, hands-on learning

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ew Hampshire isn’t known for earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides or tornados. But we do have winter storms and hurricanes, and with them the potential for lengthy power outages, floods, and fires. You may even live near an industrial plant that could have an emergency.

There are different levels of emergency. Hurricanes and winter storms are forecasted, which gives you time to prepare. But there is minimal to zero warning when it comes to tornados, flash floods or gas explosions — such as those that rocked blocks of homes in Massachusetts and displaced homeowners for long periods of time in the fall and winter of 2018. Emergencies are unexpected with the potential for tragedy. The key to surviving is having a plan that involves the whole family that you can revisit and tweak as necessary. What about the kids? “Any emergency where you need to leave quickly, such as escaping during a fire, is scary,” Wendy Lapham, chief communications officer for the American Red Cross New Hampshire and Vermont Region, said. But children who participate in American Red Cross emergency preparedness classes such as the Pillowcase Project or Prepare with Pedro can feel empowered, according to Lapham. The Red Cross brings the message of fire safety home too, through the Home Fire Campaign, which helps families design escape plans. “This is a great activity parents and children do together. This program, sponsored by all American Red Cross chapters, installs free smoke alarms in homes. We make an appointment to install them and help the family create an escape plan. “Kids really like it,” Lapham said. “It gives them a sense of security, knowing if something happens, they’re prepared -- a vital part of our mission.” Prepare with Pedro is for children in kindergarten through second grade, and is about fire safety and prevention and other natural hazards; the Pillowcase Project, inspired by university students who

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Have a plan and a ‘go bag’ There are numerous websites with specifics about what to pack and have available in case of an emergency. A few sites are below. Survival kits and “go” or “bug out” bags can include everything from a tent and water purification tables to food and water. Musts are matches in a waterproof container and a battery-operated radio with extra batteries. Walmart sells a backpack for one that includes food, water and other essentials for a few days for about $60. Whether you buy one or assemble your own, every family has individual needs. If someone has a chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, or a life-threatening allergy, have an extra inhaler, insulin, or EpiPen available. But these may have limited shelf life or need refrigeration. Your plan needs to account for your special circumstances. A worst-case scenario might be a widespread disaster with children at school, and parents at work a distance away. If you can’t contact them

carried their belongings in pillowcases while evacuating for Hurricane Katrina, is geared toward third- through fifth-graders. Abby Kelly is the School Safety Initiative Coordinator for the regional Red Cross. She implements preparedness programs throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, but is based in Nashua, which is where she goes into the elementary schools. In other areas, trained volunteers may lead the programs. The American Red Cross New Hampshire and Vermont Region has 1,100 trained and dedicated volunteers across both states who respond to crises and empower and train others. “The Pillowcase Project covers fire prevention, but also local hazards such as winter storms,” Kelly said. “We also teach kids how to be prepared by keeping our bodies calm in an emergency, through a breathing exercise. “We do a breathing exercise because when our brains are calm, they work better. Kids seem to have a positive reaction” to it, Kelly said. They’re surprised they feel calmer, and

and vice-versa, who else can be called? Is there a central message board? Where will you meet up? If you’re displaced for a length of time without important records, what will you do? Today’s cloud-based applications and thumb drives can be lifesavers, if they are secure. The old standby, a safe deposit box, is still relevant for original documents and emergency cash if more than one person can access it. You’ll also need what the Department of Homeland Security calls a “financial first aid kit” that includes account numbers.

MORE INFORMATION • Emergency Plan for Parents: fema.gov • Department of Homeland Security: Ready.gov • American Red Cross disaster plan: redcross.org • National Weather Service: weather.gov

it’s pretty amazing how easily it works, she added. Pillowcases feature items to include and students decorate the outside as part of the hour-long curriculum. Each child gets a booklet. Kelly has had parents tell her, “My child reminded me we should use a flashlight instead of a candle during a power outage.” “That’s great that children can feel empowered to effect change in their own house, to make sure everybody is safe. These free programs are a great addition to Red Cross community-based programs,” she added. We all hope to get through life without a major disaster. The Boy and Girl Scout motto, “Be prepared” is a reminder that anything can happen. Staying calm and knowing what to do goes a long way toward a successful outcome. Mary Ellen Hettinger, APR is an award-winning reporter, editor and writer, and accredited public relations professional.

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2020 ParentingNH Family Resource Book  

ParentingNH's Family Resource Book is a guide for NH families with everything from health to law to education resources and everything in be...

2020 ParentingNH Family Resource Book  

ParentingNH's Family Resource Book is a guide for NH families with everything from health to law to education resources and everything in be...