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Seacoast Community School

Seacoast Community School provides quality early learning, inclusive preschool, before & after kindergarten, before & after school and summer camp for ages 8 weeks to 12 years. We are open year-round to provide quality child care with school readiness for working families in the seacoast. We are a warm, caring family with a professional staff, using the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment System to measure growth and development of all children to age six biannually.

Founded in 1967, our school has grown from 21 children to over 260 children today, and serves ALL families, with scholarships available for families in need. We accept State Child Care Tuition Assistance and collaborate with 4 local schools. Formerly called The Community Child Care Center of Portsmouth, the school rebranded in 2014 to better reflect the quality education provided to all of our children.

Our Early Childhood Education program at Community Campus, Portsmouth, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has 10 state-of-the-art classrooms, 2 outdoor classrooms, and 3 indoor and outdoor playgrounds along with walking trails, flower and vegetable gardens within four acres of wildlife.

Our PEAK before & after school programs are certified Licensed Plus by the State of New Hampshire and are located onsite at all 3 Portsmouth Elementary Schools and Greenland Central School (New Franklin and Greenland offer after-school programs only). Our Summer PEAK Camp is offered at a Portsmouth School location each year and provides children in 1st through 5th grade with fun, educational activities and field trips throughout the summer.

We will celebrate our 50th year in the seacoast in 2017 and are working on fulfilling our strategic plan for 2015-2018 currently. To learn more about us, board membership or development opportunities with our school, contact Catherine Edison at 603-422-8223 or visit today!

2019  Seacoast Community School Establishes the Meadows Preschool at Gosling Meadows!

Servicing lower income families has long been part of the SCS mission and now Gosling Meadows families will have access to childcare for 2-5yr olds in the center of their neighborhood!  Partnering with the Portsmouth Housing Authority and Portsmouth Public Schools, allowed us to create a frersh new satelite school with the best quality services in the state and reach families who deserve the best of quality care.

2017 Seacoast Community School Expands Partnership with Portsmouth Public Schools:

SCS will be offering more PEAK (Program for Elementary Age Kids) programming for their elementary students at Little Harbour, Dondero, and New Franklin Schools, and working with the school system to create more and varied enrichment offerings.  Expanding our coverage time due to changes in the daily schedule will allow more children to benefit from the exceptional teachers and programs we offer.

2014 Community Child Care Center of Portsmouth is now called Seacoast Community School! After 46 years, the organization rebranded itself to better reflect the high quality education it provides for children age 8 weeks - 12 years. The school launched its new name with a special event at its Annual Children's Art Show April 16th, took part in Pro Portsmouth's Children's Day on May 4th, held a Seacoast Community School Launch Party on May 17, and ran an extensive advertising campaign to share its new name.

2013 Renewed accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children for 5 years with top scores:

“We’re proud to have renewed our accreditation for another five years, earning us the mark of quality from NAEYC, and recognition for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Deb Stokel, co-Executive Director and Director of their Early Childhood Education program.  “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”  SCS first achieved NAEYC accreditation in 2008 and was just re-accredited after an extensive assessment. "Our program was visited in July by two NAEYC assessors who observed and tabulated scores for overall quality as well as individual classroom quality. The average score for individual classrooms was 97%. The overall program received commendations and scores of 100 or 100+ in 8 out of the 10 NAEYC Program Standards," said Stokel.

Visit or schedule a tour of our school by calling 603-422-8223!

Our main office is located at the Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Ste 20, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Offsite programs are at all three Portsmouth Elementary Schools (New Franklin, Dondero, Little Harbour) and Greenland Central School.

Posted on: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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