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Supporting Families. Sharing Resources.
Creating Solutions.

The Lower Grafton Council for Young Children and Families (LGCYCF) was formed in 2008, when a wide range of family-focused community leaders came together. Promoting positive-social emotional development became our focus.

LGCYCF’s projects include:

  • 2012-2013 Creation and provision of a professional development series on Family-Centered Practice; Promoting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development; and Early Childhood and Family Mental Health.

  • 2019 State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) via NH DOE: for the implementation of the evidence-based Pyramid Model Framework and practices in early childhood settings. To learn more go to The Pyramid Model section of this website.

  • 2021 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) capacity-building via NH DHHS to create a community Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan, convening the voices of parents and professionals to envision for the future of Early Childhood in the area.

  • 2022 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) implementation via NH DHHS to collaborate with coalitions statewide to create early childhood systems; implement resource coordination; and institute the Pyramid Model with local providers.

  • 2023 implementation of Infant Toddler- Family Childcare Expansion subgrantee project, collaborating with family providers to increase available childcare seats for children 0-5, and business accessibility for children and families with varying needs.

Coalition Members

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Amelia Hogan

Coalition Coordinator, Whole Village Family Resource Center

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Lisa Shute

Community Health Worker, Mid-state Health Center

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Kerri Lowe

Resident Services Coordinator, Lakes Region Community Developers

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Shanon Smith

Family Support Coordinator, Northern Human Services

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Jenn Kastick

LICSW, SAU 4

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Dr. Oliver Salmon

Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Speare Hospital

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Reverend Dr. Linda Barnes

Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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Shannon Robinson

Director, Lincoln-Woodstock Community Childcare Center

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Erin Bell

LCMHC, McKinney-Vento Liaison, SAU 68

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Tracy Shamberger

Bridge Project

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Jessica Morneault

MSW, Speare Hospital

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Sara

Voices Against Violence

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Tom Ploszaj

State Representative

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Lisa Ford

UNH Extension, Nutrition Connections

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Kelly Hadlock

Health & Disabilities Manager, Tri-County CAP

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Alison Murphy

Director, Little Antlers Learning Center, Mid-state Health Center

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Jane Merrithew

LCMHC, Grow & Thrive Counseling

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Jennifer Schmidt

LCMHC, Child & Family Assistant Director, Lakes Region Mental Health

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Jacqueline Malloy

Parent

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