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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!

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.

2011 Official Motion of Support for High Quality Early Childhood Education programs in NH presented by NH Department of Education

On March 9, 2011 Deb Stokel, co-Executive Director of the then Community Child Care Center of Portsmouth, now Seacoast Community School, was invited to a Board of Education Meeting to present on the development of intelligence in early childhood. On May 23, the Foundation for Seacoast Health and Stokel invited Patty Ewen and the Board of Education, Early Learning New Hampshire, and several key stakeholders in education at the state and local level to see the early childhood program at work. A half-day workshop and engagement of attendees with teachers and children in the classrooms at the Community Campus led to a motion of support. On June 8, 2011 the New Hampshire State Board of Education members recognized the education of the youngest children in our state. The Board of Education members made an official “Motion of Support” for the importance of early learning programs which promote the optimal development of every child and use developmentally appropriate curricula.

2013, 2014, 2015 Seacoast Community School partners with Prescott Park Arts Festival to present the Memorial Bridge Road Race each Columbus Day Weekend. The 5k race attracts nearly 1000 runners and raises over $35k per year in funds for both organizations, bringing about awareness of quality early learning programs and arts education in the seacoast.

2013, 2014, 2015 Seacoast Community School hosts Sunset Over Portsmouth Auction event to raise funds for its quality early learning and before & after school programs in the seacoast. The event is held at the beautiful Discover Portsmouth Center and attracts over 150 people each year. The night includes a live and silent auction, beer and wine tastings, great food, live music and more.

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: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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