Philosophy and Overview

First Start is a fully licensed private, nonprofit children's center.

Hours of Operation: 6:45AM to 5:30 PM

The Infant Room closes at 5:15 PM.

Enrollment is ongoing throughout the year and is on a first come, first served basis.

First Start Children's Center

Welcome to First Start, Second Start’s center for children of all ages. Originally founded to provide quality care for Second Start’s adult education students, First Start has grown over the last 40 years into a full service community children’s center serving more than 200 children each year from the greater Concord area.

Our center is fully licensed by the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Child Care Licensing and is a participant in the NH Child Care and Adult Food Program sponsored by the NH Department of Education. Through the generous support of the United Way and a contract with the State of New Hampshire Development Bureau, we are able to process scholarship assistance for low and moderate income families enabling them to receive quality care at an affordable tuition.

First Start has programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, as well as an after-school program and two school-age summer camp programs. Our center provides a warm, nurturing and safe atmosphere where self-concepts are enhanced, independence encouraged and individuality is respected.

First Start Children's Center

Our philosophy is based on the premise that children learn most effectively through structured play and social experiences. We believe that child centered and teacher directed curriculum work best when carefully integrated into the daily routine. Each program’s curriculum is designed to offer children many activities carefully planned to serve their developmental needs. Daily schedules consist of a combination of structured and free-time activities centered on a particular theme or concept and designed to promote gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, communication and language development, as well as social and self-help skills.

Sample Toddler Calendar

Sample Preschool Calendar

First Start takes great pride in the staff and their dedication to children. Our teaching teams offer a combined total of over 125 years of experience working with children in a childcare environment. Teachers strive to foster caring and respect for self, others and property while promoting positive behavior. Making the center an enjoyable, safe, nurturing and educational environment is our primary goal. Our Staff Development program affords teachers the opportunity to enhance their teaching credentials and professional strengths through workshops, college courses and conferences. Both Associate Teachers and Teachers are certified in Infant and Child CPR and Basic First Aid.