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Impact Monadnock Business Ambassadors’ New Coaching Program Provides Resources & Mentoring for Companies Interested in Adopting Child- and Family-Friendly Workplace Programs

Impact Monadnock Business Ambassadors (IMBA) is now offering a Coaching Program that provides the opportunity for local organizations interested in implementing child-and-family friendly workplace policies to connect with an IMBA member for mentoring and have access to a number of other resources. The focus of IMBA is to help cultivate a strong, vibrant Monadnock Region that supports child-and-family-friendly workplace practices and ensures children ages 0-5 and their families are healthy and thriving.

“The Best Day Ever” Film Screening on January 25th

Antioch University New England and the Monadnock Progressive Alliance Education Group announce a free public screening of the short documentary “The Best Day Ever” on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 7 pm at the Keene Public Library. The film reveals the magic going on in local public school kindergartens where teachers take their students outdoors one full day every week, all year, in any weather.

Inspired by European Forest Kindergartens, a handful of teachers in the Upper Valley began dedicating one day-per-week to nature-based play and learning five years ago. The idea, since featured on National Public Radio and on The Atlantic Education blog, has caught the attention of parents and educators nationwide. Regionally, dozens of classrooms now spend frequent time in wild spaces, cooking over campfires, and learning and playing outdoors.

There will be a Q&A session after the film.

Resource Fair for Home Visitors

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Are you a Home Visitor or other type of professional who works with young children and their families in the Monadnock Region? Consider attending the upcoming Resource Fair for Home Visitors!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services (310 Marlboro St, Keene, NH)

Join us at this fun event to discover/learn more about local resources for Home Visitors and others who work with young children and families. Come network with others who care about young children and their families, learn about the new Monadnock Home Visiting Alliance Community of Practice, and walk away with resources and connections to support your work!

Light refreshments will be served. Snow date (if needed) will be February 7, 2018 at the same time and location.

Please RSVP by January 29th to Kate Cote, or 603-352-4209.

This event is sponsored by the Monadnock Home Visiting Alliance (MHVA), a new initiative of Monadnock United Way/Impact  Monadnock. The vision of MHVA is to support at-risk families of children pre-natal to age 5 by expanding and strengthening best practice home visiting programs in the Monadnock Region. In March 2018 the MHVA will initiate a Community of Practice.

When ACEs Aren’t Playing Cards

We are grateful to Becky Karush, an Impact Monadnock volunteer with a specialty in copywriting for business and nonprofits to achieve social change, for helping us raise awareness about important topics related to young children and families. In her most recent article in “The Hub,” a new feature of The Keene Sentinel, Becky shares information about ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences – and how parents/caregivers can help protect children. Click here to read the article online, or continue reading for the full text.

Bernadette Gleeson to bring “A New Perspective”



Join us on Tuesday, December 5th from 6-8 PM at the Keene Family YMCA for a powerful presentation by Bernadette Gleeson on innovative solutions for Substance Use Disorders in our workplaces and community.