Our Vision

All families in the Monadnock Region receive the support needed for young children to attain optimal early development.

Our Mission

To support families with young children who experience or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities and to be a resource and advocate for inclusive early childhood systems throughout the Monadnock Region.

About Rise for baby and family

Rise is a small non-profit agency that began in 1981 as an add-on program of the Monadnock Children’s Center. In operation since 1966, the Children’s Center was responsible for starting some of the first special education programs in the Region.

With the advent of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, school systems began providing special education programs to children age three and up. The agency’s name then began its evolution to Rise for baby and family. It is commonly known as Rise.

Rise has been a part of New Hampshire’s Developmental Service System since the beginning. We are a vendor agency for Monadnock Developmental Services. The growth of Rise has been rapid, expanding from serving 40 infants and toddlers in 1981 to serving over 285 children in 2021.

Virtually all Rise supports and services are delivered to families in their most natural and relaxed environments. These settings generally include the child’s home, child care program, or in community settings such as parks, libraries, and the Cheshire Children’s Museum.

Two key ingredients of Rise for baby and family’s success are the growth and retention of qualified staff and the support of our community.

Annual Report

FY23 Annual Report: FY23 Annual Report
FY21 Annual Report: FY21 Annual Report

Strategic Plan

FY23-FY25 Strategic plan goals: Rise for baby and family Strategic Planning Goals FY23

Ways to Help 

As a non-profit serving young children and their families all around the Monadnock Region, Rise for baby and family depends on support from the community, both individuals and businesses.  

We welcome donations of many kinds: 

Individual Financial Donations 

No matter how large or small, financial donations support the work of Rise for baby and family and directly impacts the services provided to children and families. To donate, click here.

The donations we receive support our Early Supports and Services program, ensuring we can provide the full ranges of services needed. While some of our work is reimbursed through the NH children’s health insurance program and private insurance, some is not, so we must fundraise to ensure we can provide the full range of services needed. Donations also support our child care program, including scholarships for families in need. 

For example:  

  • $15 provides a child with oral sensory materials 
  • $50 allows a child with disabilities to participate in our child care playgroup program for two hours a week 
  • $75 pays for additional early intervention services not covered by insurance to support a child with complex needs (i.e. Autism, genetic disorder, etc.) 
  • $100 covers the gap between what a parent pays for child care and the actual costs of providing child care (approximately $100 / week per child)

Corporate Gifts and Sponsorships 

We have event sponsorship opportunities for local businesses! Our most popular sponsorship event is our annual Tastes of the Season, held in late June. We also welcome donations to our silent auction, held with “The Taste.” 

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our outreach coordinator, Pat Payne, at ppayne@riseforbabyandfamily.org or 603-218-2336. 

Gifts of Time and Talent 

We always welcome volunteers at Rise! Opportunities to help include: 

  • Help out with garden maintenance (in the spring and summer), routine cleaning projects, and building maintenance 
  • Help at Rise events, including Tastes of the Season and Toddlerfest 
  • Hold babies and play with young children in our child care program 
  • Assist with mailings and other projects

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact our outreach coordinator, Pat Payne, at ppayne@riseforbabyandfamily.org or 603-218-2336.

In-Kind Donations 

We welcome gifts for our annual silent auction fundraiser, including products and gift cards as well as the donation of services. We also welcome donors who would like to be part of our holiday giving program, which provides gifts for children and families in need.  

Matching Gifts 

Many companies offer a matching gift program, allowing you to double the impact of your donation! Contact your employer to see if there is a matching gift program offered. 

Gifts in Honor or in Memory of a Special Person 

Making a donation to Rise in honor or in memory of someone special is a wonderful tribute that supports children and families. We are happy to send a card on your behalf to the honoree or their family. 

IRA Required Minimum Distribution 

The IRS requires you to begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your IRA and workplace retirement accounts every year, starting at age 73. You can use your RMD to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), a gift to the nonprofit of your choice. A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA trustee to a qualified charity. 

In addition to the benefits of giving to charity, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. The IRS allows you to exclude up to $100,000 in IRA withdrawals (if paid directly to a qualified charity) from income each year as long as certain requirements are met. Contact your plan administrator to make a charitable donation via your IRA as your administrator must transfer the money on your behalf.  

Remember Rise in your Will or Trust 

We welcome bequests to Rise for baby and family, made through your will or trust. Your gift will be used to continue your support for local families for decades to come.  

If you would like to remember Rise in this way, you can share the following information with your attorney: 

Rise for baby and family
147 Washington St.
Keene, NH 03431
EIN: 02-0270147 

In addition to leaving a specific bequest, you can also name Rise as the beneficiary for an IRA, employer retirement fund, or life insurance policy. You simply need to notify the custodian of fund or policy that you want all or part of a particular fund to pass to your designated charity or charities.

Board of Directors

Ashley Elliott
Ashley lives in Keene and works at Timken as a Quality Manager. On the board since 20xx, she is passionate about Rise’s mission because of her family’s challenging experience gaining proper assistance in another state years ago and works to help all families get the support they need.  

Bari Thompson
Vice President
Bari moved to Keene in 2010 after growing up in the Midwest. Trained as an industrial engineer, she works at C&S Wholesale Grocers and joined the Rise board in 2018. She is passionate about ensuring families have access to the care they need and want, especially in the early stages of development.

Antje Warren
Antje lives in Hillsborough and works for C&S Wholesale Grocers. A native of Germany, she joined the Rise board in 2019. Both her children attended Rise’s child care program. She believes children are our future and supports Rise’s programs to help ensure children and families receive all the supports they need.  


Kim Allsopp, DMV
Kim is an associate small animal veterinarian who lives and works in Keene. She became involved with Rise when her first child received services as an infant and joined the board in 2021. She is forever impressed with the support Rise provides for families when they feel their most fragile and forever grateful for the comfort provided to her as a new mom.  

Randall Carmel
An attorney, Randall lives and works in Harrisville. He has dedicated the majority of his legal career to advocating for children and families, both in New York City and in New Hampshire. Committed to community service, he has served on the Rise board since 2018 and also serves on the board of Hundred Nights.


Candi Dionne
Candi lives in Keene with her husband and son and is the senior director of HR operations at NewsBank, Inc. A Keene native, she is passionate about Rise and early intervention and has seen first-hand the difference it can make in the lives of children and families. 


Ashley Guion
Ashley is a Swanzey native and current Swanzey resident. She is an author, athlete, and mom of two, who both received services from Rise. Despite growing up in the area, she never knew the amazing impact Rise had on the community and the difference it could make on families’ lives. As a CPA, Ashley has worked with a lot of nonprofits but Rise is unashamedly one of her favorites.  

Kelsey Harris

Kelsey lives in Keene, NH with her husband, David, and stepdaughter, Avery, and works for Masiello Employment Services as a Staffing Manager. She joined the Rise board in October 2023. She is passionate about Rise’s mission because it provides such strong support for families and their young children all around the Monadnock Region. She also serves on board of Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention and is an active YMCA Sneaker Ball committee member. Kelsey enjoys running, hiking, reading and being outside with her friends and family.


David Kochman
David lives in Swanzey and is active in the greater Keene community. Now retired, he serves as the president of the 100 Nights Foundation and treasurer of Congregation Ahavas Achim, as well as working with Rise. He is also a high school soccer referee and volunteer at the county jail. He serves on the Rise board because early support is so critical and because he likes everybody age 0-3. 

Brian Lee
Born and raised in the Bahamas, Brian has been a proud resident of Keene for over a decade. A documentary filmmaker, he tries to give back to his community wherever possible. As a strong believer in Rise’s mission, Brian feels fortunate to be able to help improve the lives of the many Monadnock children and families in need of early support. 

Jeanne Pride
Jeanne has lived in the Keene area for 44 years. She has taught for more than 30 years, at both the high school and community college level. She is passionate about Rise’s mission because it provides such strong support for young children and their families all around the Monadnock Region. She also serves on the NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force and New Hampshire Traffic Free. 

Lisa Steadman
Lisa lives in Troy with her family and is a licensed insurance agent. She has a son with Down Syndrome which was Lisa’s inspiration to become involved in the world of developmental disabilities. She also serves on the Monadnock Regional School District Board, the Region V Monadnock Family Council, and facilitates the See the Able, Not the Label group. 

Barbara Tremblay
Barbara is a Keene native and current resident. Now retired, she served the Keene School District and SAU29 for eighteen years as a principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent and also served as superintendent of the Mascoma Valley Regional School District for seven years. She currently serves on the boards of Monadnock United Way and the Ladies’ Charitable Society. She serves on Rise’s board because of her love of children and her belief in the importance of addressing disabilities and developmental delays as early as possible, while supporting the whole family.  

Pam Wilson

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Rise serves more than 250 children birth to three annually with early intervention and child care programs.