The River Center Programs

The River Center serves as a one-stop clearinghouse for community resources and connections essential to the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities in the eastern Monadnock region. Located at 46 Concord Street in Peterborough, the Center serves the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Jaffrey, Mason, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon, and Temple. Many of our programs and services are offered on a sliding fee scale so that no one is excluded because of financial need. Contact us if you would like to have us run a program which is not currently available.
May 2, 2014
Peterborough Players
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Appointments are encouraged

Employment specialists provide the building blocks for successful employment through individual coaching and group workshops in job search techniques, interviewing skills, resume preparation, and filing of online and print applications. Community members looking for work are welcome to use the Center’s computers and printers, career assessment tools, and wireless internet access.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:30am - 11:30am
The River Center, 46 Concord Street, Peterborough
The Parent-Child Connections program (PCC) provides on-going support and education for parents with kids of all ages. These parenting groups focus on the situations that each parent deals with on a daily basis and addresses those present needs in the context of connective parenting.
Registration Forms can be found on this page. Complete the forms and return to The River Center (46 Concord Street, Peterborough).  
Tuesday's PCC with Bonnie:
This Parent-Child Connections group is for parents of 10-18 year olds. We share whatever is current for the parent of the teen or pre-teen's life and approach how to manage it through the principles of Connective Parenting, focusing on communication, trust, balance, and problem solving. Sometimes the situation of a parent leads into the teaching moment and sometimes a teaching theme evokes particular situations. This group is strong on supporting each other and the education follows along. With no set curriculum, parents hear what each other is going through, add their own perspective to it usually identifying with each other's stories, and hear both principles and parenting tips to help them through. More info on Connective Parenting on Bonnie's website -
Wednesday's PCC with Wendy (Child Enrichment program provided for children up to age 5)

Would you enjoy time with other parents while your child or children are cared for in a warm and developmentally stimulating environment close by? Parents of young children 5 and under gather to talk about the important business of parenting while their children play and learn in the Children’s Enrichment Program. Parents request topics and a facilitator prepares helpful, pertinent information and leads an informal discussion, such as: how do I effectively parent and tend to the needs of my family while keeping my own needs balanced?  We cover all relevant topics, from infant care, sibling conflict, development, health care and resources to meal planning and many other ways to reduce parent stress.  Parents support each other to build healthy, respectful relationships with their children within the structure of the family and community. 

Thursday's PCC with Bonnie: On Becoming a Confident Parent (Child Enrichment program provided for children up to age 5)
This Parent-Child Connections group is for parents of any age kids. By understanding and practicing the 8 principles of connective parenting from Bonnie's book, Confident Parents Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You'll Love to Live With, you will find that you are a happier, calmer parent and your children will thrive. The 8 principles not only adjust your perceptions of your children and their behavior but also ensure that your needs are met as well as your children's so that your family life works in balance for everyone. You will learn the skills of connective communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution, which will replace the threats, blaming, and frustrations that end in power struggles and regrets, instead teaching your children skills that will last them a lifetime. We will have the time to understand and then apply these principles and skills to your individual situations as this group will be year long. More info on the 8 Principles on Bonnie's website -
Children's Enrichment Program with Nisa (provided during PCC classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays
The Children’s Enrichment Program of Parent-Child Connections at The River Center strives to provide a nurturing and enriching experience for children who range in age from 1 year to 5 years old.  Children are provided opportunities to explore, play, interact and learn in a safe and stimulating environment. We accept the whole child: his temperament, developmental stages, individual abilities and home culture as well as the basic rights and needs of both parent and child.

We provide a fluid and flexible structure for the children beginning with an opening circle with songs, singing games and finger plays with parents, after which the parents transition upstairs to their parenting group and the room is opened up with different centers and a planned activity.  Children lead their own play in various developmentally appropriate gross-motor, fine-motor and sensory and language-rich activities such as various sensory tables to climbing and building to open-ended art projects to music-making and dancing. The children’s teachers may introduce new ways of playing, if appropriate. The planned activities range from season-specific cooking to an art project to a short walking field trip or a visitor from the community ( station), among others.

Contactbh [at] bonnieharris [dot] com (subject: Tuesday%2FThursday%20PCC%20Program) ( Bonnie Harris) for more information on the Tuesday and Thursday classes. 
Contact whill [at] rivercenter [dot] us (subject: Wednesday%20PCC%20Program) (Wendy Hill) for more information on the Wednesday class. 
Contact nsimila [at] rivercenter [dot] us (subject: Child%20Enrichment%20Program) (Nisa Simila) for more information on the Child Enrichment program. 
May 6, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
The River Center

Jim Grant is the Founder of SDE (Staff Development of Educators) as well as a national educator, author, community member and former teacher and principal. He will deliver a high energy presentation on building your tenacity, resolve and "GRIT". The presentation will include a take-away of strategies, tools and exercises.