Children's Education Programs and Activities

After School Program at Bev’s House

The Haven After School Program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30-5 pm for school aged children who are current and former shelter guests. The Children’s Services Coordinator and volunteers from the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College and the Upper Valley provide mentoring and help with homework, as well as a wide variety of enrichment activities, such as rock climbing, music, dance, and cultural performances, cooking, seasonal activities such as skating, tennis, and hiking, and arts/crafts activities. The After-School Program seeks to increase confidence and academic achievement, and provide opportunities for creative exploration, stress-reduction, and relationship-building for children connected to the Haven. The Children’s Services Coordinator also helps connect families with their child’s school by attending conferences as well as special education meetings and helping build stronger relationships with the school community.

Preschool Program

The Children’s Services Coordinator works closely with families of preschoolers to help them meet the goals they have for their children. This might involve assisting parents complete an application for a child care subsidy, visiting child care providers with families, connecting them with local agencies and support services, or brainstorming ways to help a child address a particular situation. The Children’s Services Coordinator also organizes onsite “Parents and Preschoolers” sessions, where parents and their young children come together for story time, dance and music, and simple art activities.

School Vacation Programming

During summer vacation and when school is not in session, Haven staff members organize a wide variety of field trips and programs for the children. Recent field trips have included:

• Montshire Museum of Science • Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences
• Hiking and mountain climbing • Apple and berry picking
• Fairbanks Museum • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
• Ocean trip • Canoe trip down the Connecticut River
• Shelburne Museum • College visits
• Climbing wall at the River Valley Club • Rock climbing in Lyme, NH
• New England Aquarium in Boston • NH Fishercats Baseball game

Thanks to the generosity of donors and local organizations, during the summer vacation children also have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as:

• Day and overnight camps through AVA Gallery, Montshire Museum, Northern Stage, League of NH Craftsmen, Camp Horizon, Camp Mowglis, Camp Arcadia, Hartford Recreation Department
• Therapeutic riding through Moonrise Farm
• CCBA fitness program
• Photography workshops
• Swimming lessons at the Hartford pool
• Varied activities onsite designed to promote creativity and physical activity

Additional Haven Programs