Dear Families,

It is an exciting time of year as we approach the holiday season! It can also be that “yucky” time of year when strep throat, influenza and the common cold can wreak havoc on our plans and good tidings. I also understand that missing or leaving work can be extremely difficult. It can be a challenge deciding when to keep a child at home. However, exclusion from The Children’s Center is necessary to reduce the transmission of illness.

What is the world’s largest lizard? Who wrote “The Shipping News” ? How many points are on a backgammon board?

The Chidren's Center's Team Trivia Tournament begins Wednesday, January 9, and continues each Wednesday through February 13, 2018, at the Barn at the Inn on Main. Tickets are $16 per person each night, and cover the cost of a hearty soup, breads, and salad bar from the Inn on Main, as well as the trivia game presented by Children’s Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for dinner. The trivia game begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. A cash bar is available. To register your team, please call the Children’s Center at 603-569-1027. When you register, please provide a team name and the names of team members.

Dear Children’s Center Families,
Thanks to the medical community’s advice, we know the importance of getting a good night sleep. Key benefits include: improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.

Dear Center Families,
As we enjoy the weather change and fall into autumn, October presents us with several opportunities to learn more about different issues or causes. Many of you probably know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you also know that October is:

National SIDS Awareness Month
National Learning and Development Month
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
and National Bullying Prevention Month?

When I worked at Alton Central School, I was the advisor to the Youth to Youth program which focused a ton of time in October on preventing and addressing bullying behaviors. According to, more than 3.2 million children across the country are bullied each year. Both school age and early childhood educators need to be trained on understanding what bullying is and how it might look, as well as know ways to prevent bullying.

Dear Families,

As we kick off the new school year, we do have some teacher team changes and room name updates in our toddler, preschool and school age programs that I thought I would make sure to share here as an intro to our September Newsletter.