A component fund of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley

Good Beginnings is a free, home-visitor program that relies on trained volunteers to provide support to any family with a new baby. The concept behind the Good Beginnings home visiting program is simple and powerful: any family with a new baby can use a helping hand. Good Beginnings volunteers - like a good friend or neighbor - offer the kind of flexible support that can make a family's first months with a new baby healthier and less stressful. Just as important, Good Beginnings is about celebrating this amazing and joyous experience!

History & Mission

Good Beginnings was founded in 1986 by Dorothy Campion-Corcoran of Etna, New Hampshire and several of her friends. The founders were all experienced mothers who wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of new parents. They knew that all families face similar challenges when a baby is born - the sudden disruption of old patterns with one's partner and family, sleepless nights, and the need to quickly learn the nurturing skills that infants require. It's no wonder new mothers and fathers often feel stressed and isolated. Couldn't everyone use some help at that time?

Since its beginning in 1986, Good Beginnings has proven that even small, "everyday" actions can make a big difference for a family during this time of transition. Equally important, Good Beginnings serves to connect people in the community who may never have met otherwise.

Good Beginnings mission is twofold. The organization's primary commitment is to serve families at the time of a baby's arrival. At the same time, Good Beginnings strives to increase awareness among every member of the greater community about the importance of providing support at this critical time in a family's and baby's life. And because any family with a new baby can use a helping hand, all services are free of charge to all families.

Grants Awarded: 

2009 -  Grant funds to hire a consultant for a strategic planning process.

Grant Year(s): 

2016 Children's Fund Grantees