The Newmarket Community Action Council for Day Care Centers, Inc. was incorporated in September of 1967 as a non-profit organization. As stated in the original Articles of Agreement, “the council was formed to establish and maintain a day care center for pre-school children, to conduct a program of education, training and group experiences suitable for such children and to stimulate interest in the center as a function of the community”. The center was funded through community fund raising and a grant from the Spaulding-Potter Charitable Trust.Due to a growing need for child care in the Exeter area, the agency opened a second child care center on 261 Water Street in January of 1975. The agency leased the building from Phillips Exeter Academy until May of 1992, then at 13 School Street, and now we operate and own our building at 64 Epping Road.
In February of 1980, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the corporation to Newmarket/Exeter Child Care Centers, Inc. in order to reflect the locations of each site. In January of 1997, our agency once again changed our name to reflect the growth of the agency. The board and staff worked together to brainstorm our current name — Great Bay Kids’ Company, Inc.
In 1990, our agency began operating a school age program in Exeter which grew into two school age programs — Action Club Juniors for children in grade one and two at Main Street School and Action Club Seniors for children in grades three through five at Lincoln Street School. In 2008, we began operating a school age program at the Newfields Elementary School – Newfields Action Club for children in grades kindergarten through five. In order to meet the child care needs of families with younger children, we started a Toddler Program for children ages 2-3 at our Exeter Center in September of 2008.
In January 2010, we expanded our agency to include an early childhood education center in Portsmouth located in Pease Tradeport. That site is licensed to provide care for 270 children ages 6 weeks – 12 years.
In September of 2015 we relocated our Exeter Center to 64 Epping Road and expanded our programs to include Infants and Young Toddlers.
In September 0f 2016 our Newmarket Center expanded their programing to include Infants and Young Toddlers.
Our agency now has the capacity to care for over 500 children in the greater seacoast area on a daily basis!