“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

Growing Places is a founding member of the Seacoast Early Learning Alliance, a coalition of early childhood agencies that started in the seacoast in 2009 and expanded statewide in 2012.  Seacoast Early Learning Alliance (SELA) is soon to become State Early Learning Alliance as Vermont has joined to provide the many benefits and services to early childhood programs in their state as well.  SELA is a new model of service delivery for early childhood agencies that is reducing operating costs, capitalizing on the resources of the member centers, strengthening business practices and helping programs increase the quality of care. Click here to read more information on this amazing collaborationOr click here to watch a segment of SELA on New Hampshire Public Television!


TimberNook is an innovative nature-based developmental program designed to foster creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors. Founded by a pediatric occupational therapist, our programs take time in nature to the next level!  We give children the right combination of space and resources to build, create, and explore nature – while nurturing child development at the same time.

In the summer of 2014  two of our staff became TimberNook providers and ran our first TimberNook camps.  They were captivated in every way, perhaps even more than expected! Every Growing Places staff member who worked at our TimberNook camps used the same word to describe it, magical!  In fact, it was so in sync with our philosophy we decided in the Fall of 2014 to have three more staff become providers. They joined a training with other new providers from as far as Ohio, Florida, and even New Zealand to share in this unique movement.

Click here to read about our reflection/observations of the wonder of TimberNook  

Click here to see our TimberNook programming in action

Click here to learn more about TimberNook programming