Richie McFarland Children’s Center

Over four decades of trading questions for answers, fear and uncertainty for hope and challenges for opportunities.

2020 Goals:

Our goal for the coming year is to continue to set children on the path to success by: listening to parent’s concerns and questions about their child’s development; identifying areas of strength and concern; creating child-specific goals with a comprehensive, family-centered plan on how the child will meet them; empowering parents and caregivers with knowledge of how to best work with and support their child; supporting each child’s success through certified, expert occupational, speech and physical therapy and early childhood education; encouraging and celebrating every small change; advocating for each child’s best interests and needs as he/she transitions to school. Two areas of focus in the coming year will be on: 1. building awareness of the critical importance of a child’s early development and the early identification of needs as well as increasing parent comfort level with initiating assessments while reducing the stigma attached to identified delays and need for intervention and 2. advocating at the state level for the most effective infrastructure for the system of care and the appropriate provision of funds to identify and support all children in need of early intervention.

Fundraising Events:

The 15th Annual Seacoast’s Original Touch-A-Truck will be held Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9am-1pm at Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH. Kids have the opportunity to climb on and explore various vehicles from front loaders to excavators to buses, even a ride-on train! RMCC Community Night and Auction will be held Thursday, November 21st at the Portsmouth Harbor and Events. The 28th Annual Richie Golf Tourney will be held in June 2020.

Giving Opportunities:

There is no shortage of giving opportunities at RMCC. This past year we served over 370 children, each one with individual and important needs, every one vulnerable and deserving of the best start in life. You can be a part of changing the trajectory of a child’s life by making a financial donation to RMCC’s annual campaign at any time, by sponsoring one of our fundraising events, by designating RMCC as the recipient of donations made in memory of a loved one, or securing the future of RMCC with a gift to our endowment.

Volunteer Opportunities:

We love our volunteers! One of the best ways to support our mission is by serving as an advocate for the importance of early childhood development simply by talking with friends, family and community members about the work that we do at RMCC. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include positions on our Board and/or one of our standing committees. We rely on the expertise of business men and women to offer pro bono work in areas of design, finance and HR. Short-term volunteer opportunities are available each year through our fundraising events, spring/fall clean-up projects or various administrative projects.

Board Officers   /   Board Members

Brenda Plante
Board President

Helen Crowe
Board Vice President
Clinical Psychologist

Marty Wool
Board Treasurer

Laura Eldridge
Board Secretary

Karin Caruso

Paul Deranian
Core Physicians

Katie Feeney
Self-employed Writer

Rick Feeney
Core Physicians

James Freiburger
Retired, SNHU

Beverly A. Hodsdon
Joyce Design Solutions, LLC

Kit Reno

Bonnie Staniewicz
First Anchor Financial Group


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