HAMPTON – Superintendent Meredith Nadeau and Early Intervention Outreach Specialist Patrice Baker are pleased to share that SAU 21 is celebrating the ongoing success of the Seabrook Elementary School Playgroup.
In September, Seabrook Elementary launched a weekly Playgroup to provide a safe and engaging environment for children up to 4 years old. Children are able to interact with peers and practice their social skills, while parents meet and connect. Children also have access to a fenced-in playground.
Staff members used funding from the Preschool Development Grant to add a large sandbox with shovels, sifters, toy trucks and two new "mud kitchens" and age-appropriate toys, to the playground. The Playgroup utilizes a preschool classroom for indoor playtime which also provides children with sensory bins, playdough, puzzles, songs, story time and pretend play activities. Parents are welcome to take home early childhood and other helpful parenting resources each week provided by the Seabrook Library and service provider Waypoint NH.
Since its start, the Playgroup has welcomed more than 30 families, including parents, grandparents and 37 children. SAU 21 staff members and Waypoint educators have collaborated to make the Playgroup possible.
“Having a resource in town, and with my child's future classmates, creates an easy and accessible opportunity for that needed socialization," said Seabrook Elementary Playgroup parent Casey Hashem. "But it's also an opportunity for me, as a mother, to be with peers in a safe environment for my son. He feels independent and empowered every Wednesday when he heads off to school like his older siblings, and “the group" allows him to make choices and be creative, while also fostering transitions, group-led activities, and relationship skills.”
"Offering this Playgroup means that no parent or caregiver in Seabrook needs to feel isolated or alone as they raise their children," said Baker. "When we work together with community partners like Waypoint and the Seabrook Library, we can help make sure all children have access to positive environments that support their healthy growth and development."