Parenting is the most difficult but rewarding job anyone could ever have. Parents often struggle through various stages of their children’s lives, trying their best to meet each child’s individual needs as the child grows and changes.  It isn’t always easy, but help is available. Circle of Parents® is a great way to meet other parents who know what you are going through and to share what you have learned from parenting your children.  Parents can be a great source of encouragement and support to one another. 

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Parent Support

Parent Leadership

Children’s Program

Policies and Procedures

Parent Testimonials




Parent Support

Parents get together on a weekly basis to offer support and advice, and to share information about parenting. 

Parents are open to hearing what you have to say and will not be judgemental

Everything that is discussed is kept confidential (within the limits of the law).

Each person has something to offer the others and everyone in the group benefits.

Parent Leadership

Topics cover all aspects of raising children including discipline, health, school, homework, nurturing, safety, and child development.  

Parents choose the topics they want to discuss and help lead the discussions. 

Parents work together to lead the group with the help of a trained facilitator

Circle of Parents® encourages parents to develop leadership skills that will carry over into other parts of their lives, including their job, the community, and even on  a state and national level.

Children’s Program

A children’s program is an important part of many Circle of Parents® groups and is free of charge.  Parents find it easier to participate when their children can play and interact with other children in a safe and nurturing environment with caring childcare providers.  Some groups offer childcare while others have a structured program in place for the children.  Parents can relax in the circle of parents, knowing that their children are in good hands.

Policies and Procedures of Circle of Parents groups

Parents, please inform the childcare workers if:

  • Your child has any allergies
  • Your child has any behavior issues or is experiencing difficulty in any area
  • Your child is in the process of toilet training
  • This will help the childcare workers care for your child.


Please remember to bring diapers, wipes, bottles, and an extra change of clothes for your child. 


Toileting in the childcare room takes place from 9:30 to 10 a.m.  Please meet your child’s toileting needs before you join the parents’ group.

Childcare Policy

There is no smoking on church property.  This includes the front steps and sidewalk and area around the church building.  This policy is in place due to licensing regulations and will be strictly enforced.

Childhood Illnesses

Please do not bring your child to the group if he/she has:  a temperature of 101 and above, conjunctivitis, bronchitis with a persistent cough, an unidentified rash, impetigo, diarrhea and/or vomiting, severe cold, nasal drainage that is not clear, measles, chicken pox, Rosella, or any obvious symptoms.  Medication will not be administered by childcare workers.


All information that is shared within the group will remain confidential.  However, the law says that information may be disclosed when parents of a minor child request it, when abuse or neglect is suspected, when someone is seen as a threat to themselves or others, and when ordered by a court.  Every person in the state of New Hampshire is mandated by law to report a suspicion of child abuse or neglect.

Parent Testimonials

“Circle of Parents® helps me to understand that I’m not the only one going through this, that there are other parents that have been through what I’m going through.  They have been there, done that, and got the T shirt!” 

“It helps just to have someone to talk to about parenting and to be able to get information from other people who have been through the same thing.” 

“The parents in our group bonded together as a family and I knew that if I needed help I could call one of them and ask for help.” 

“Circle of Parents makes me feel like I am not alone.” 


Circle of Parents Brochure (English)
Circle of Parents Brochure (Spanish)
The Benefits of Joining Circle of Parents
Circle of Parents Orientation Booklet
Circle of Parents Handbook
Circle of Parents Meeting Locations



Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant No. 90FR0098 – Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Program, CFDA # 93.086.



Areas Served

Concord, NH
Place:  Shea Farm (Incarcerated Mothers Group)
Contact Persons:
Agency:  Child and Family Services and the Family Connections Center

Franklin, NH
Place:  Franklin United Methodist Church
88 Franklin St.
Franklin, NH  03235
Day and Time:  Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Contact Person: Joan Valk
841 Central St.
Franklin, NH 03235
(603) 934-4885
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Manchester, NH
Place:  YWCA
72 Concord St.
Manchester, NH  03105
Day and Time:  Wednesdays, 10:00a.m. to12:15 p.m.
Contact Person:  Lisa Bolduc
Agency:  Child and Family Services
464 Chestnut St.
Manchester, NH  03105
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Manchester, NH
Place:  Easter Seals NH Child Development & Family Resource Center
435 South Main Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Day and Time:  Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 5 p.m.
Contact Person:  Erin Boylan
Agency:  Easter Seals of NH
435 South Main St.
Manchester, NH  03105
666-5982 ext. 16
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The CFS Circle of Parents® groups are supported in part by New Hampshire Children’s Trust Fund.

Circle of Parents® is a trademark of Prevent Child Abuse America and is the National Network of Mutual Support and Self-Help programs in Partnership with Communities, a collaborative project of Prevent Child Abuse America and the National Family Support Roundtable.




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