To the editor:

Salem Family Resources - Success By 6 provides parents, educators and caregivers with the tools and confidence needed to raise strong and healthy families. Programs include parenting and play groups, workshops and an early childhood education program, with tuition assistance for families.

Recently we worked with 5-year-old Karie, whose custody unexpectedly fell to her grandmother. This grandmother worked full time and needed immediate child care services, but she did not have the financial means to place Karie in a program.

Karie had never attended an early childhood program and had little social contact with age peers. She was well behind in academic age expectations.

Through a town human services referral, Karie's grandmother found our early childhood program that offers early education, extended day childcare and tuition assistance.

The first day Karie attended our program, she complained of a toothache, and staff observed a very large cavity in one of her teeth. Karie had no dental insurance, and her grandmother could not afford the cost of the urgent dental care. Our program has a long-standing connection to a local pediatric dentist. After one phone call, Karie was immediately seen and treated for a significant and potentially dangerous health concern, at no cost.

There is a network of Family Resource Centers like Salem Family Resources - Success by 6 across our state, supporting children and families like Karie’s.

New Hampshire’s Family Resource Centers are a smart investment in the future of our state, and lawmakers should support them statewide.

Cindy Jury

Executive Director, Salem Family Resources - Success by 6

Salem, N.H.

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