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Statewide – Playgroups & Events

Bradford Playgroup

Dec 23

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information and directions call the Orange County Parent Child Center for more information or directions at (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264.

 

Fletcher Playgroup

Dec 23

For more information: Please contact Nancy Hurt at (802) 849-6251 or email fletcherbbf@gmail.com OR nhurt@fwsu.org

Georgia Playgroup

Dec 23

For more information: Please contact Diana Cribby at (802) 528-5470 or email Georgiabbf@gmail.com

The Playroom is Open

Dec 23

The Playroom is a free, drop-in play space open to the public in Morrisville, VT. It’s a great place to come on a rainy or snowy day, to let your children explore new toys and meet new friends. Parents or care providers must remain with children at all times.

VNA Family Room Burlington

Dec 23

VNA Family Room 862–2121 or 860–4420 St. Joseph’s School (20 Allen Street) For current information on Family Room offerings click on link:

http://www.vnacares.org/health-care-services/family-childrens-services/family-room

Bridport Playgroup

Dec 23

Weekly playgroups turn church basements and other settings into fun and challenging environments where young children can interact with their peers, parents can learn from each other and staff is available to answer questions about child development and accessing community supports.  Playgroups are free for children birth to six years and accompanying parents.

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Franklin Grande Isle – Playgroups & Events

Fletcher Playgroup

Dec 23

For more information: Please contact Nancy Hurt at (802) 849-6251 or email fletcherbbf@gmail.com OR nhurt@fwsu.org

Georgia Playgroup

Dec 23

For more information: Please contact Diana Cribby at (802) 528-5470 or email Georgiabbf@gmail.com

Fairfax Preschool Story Time

Dec 23

For more information: Please contact Jennifer Foster (802) 849-7031 or email fairfaxbbf@gmail.com OR fairfaxsx6@gmail.com

Highgate Story Time

Dec 23

For more information: Please contact Liza Comiskey at (802) 868-3970 or email Highgatebbf@gmail.com

Enosburg Playgroup

Dec 24

For more information: Please contact Judy Rogers (802) 933-7456 or email enosburgbbf@gmail.com

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Dailey Memorial Library Story Hour

Dec 23

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 766-5063 for more information.

Playworld at Newport Municipal Building

Dec 24

Times & dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 334-6345 for more information.

Barton Story Hour

Dec 24

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 525-6524 for more information.

Goodrich Memorial Library Story Hour

Dec 24

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 334-7902 for more information.

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Dec 25

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 873-3022 for more information.

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

VNA Family Room Burlington

Dec 23

VNA Family Room 862–2121 or 860–4420 St. Joseph’s School (20 Allen Street) For current information on Family Room offerings click on link:

http://www.vnacares.org/health-care-services/family-childrens-services/family-room

Playgroup South Burlington

Dec 23

Leo O’Brien Civic Center is the home of the South Burlington playgroups for children birth to 5 years on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Colleen 489-0410, SBurlFC@gmail.com

Playgroup Burlington

Dec 24

The Miller Center hosts the Burlington Playgroup on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m. (gym time is 9:00- 10:00 a.m.) open to children birth to age 5.

Beth 578-6471

Playgroup Essex- Welcome Baby Group

Dec 24

Wednesdays: Welcome Baby Playgroup ages birth to 18 Months, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at Move You Fitness Studio.

Danielle 876-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

VNA Family Room Burlington

Dec 24

VNA Family Room 862–2121 or 860–4420 St. Joseph’s School (20 Allen Street) For current information on Family Room offerings click on link:

http://www.vnacares.org/health-care-services/family-childrens-services/family-room

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

The Playroom is Open

Dec 23

The Playroom is a free, drop-in play space open to the public in Morrisville, VT. It’s a great place to come on a rainy or snowy day, to let your children explore new toys and meet new friends. Parents or care providers must remain with children at all times.

Baby Chat in Johnson - free!

Dec 23

Come together with other babies… run by Vicki Rich, a Lactating Consultant, Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator,(etc!) and wonderful loving person – but populated by lots of folks with babies! Laugh, get support, get answers to curious questions about being a Mom a Dad or taking care of babies!

For information call, email, or text Steve at Building Bright Futures at 802 279-7558  SAmes@buildingbrightfutures.org

OR Call Vicki Rich: (802) 888-3470 or email her: Vrich@lactationandbirthingsolutions.com

(note: while this event is at a church, it is completely independent and non religious)

Breastfeeding Group

Dec 23

Free and open to all pregnant and parenting families! Breast feeding support from certified lactation consultant Vicki Rich. Baby scale available for weight checks if desired.

Join this informal gathering of parents and children who play and learn with each other. 
No need to bring anything but yourself and your child(ren). There are plenty of toys available for little ones to use!

Enter through one of the front doors and head on downstairs to the children’s rooms.

For more information visit Vicki’s facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lactation-and-Birthing-Solutions

Or Call her at 802 888-3470

The Playroom is Open

Dec 25

The Playroom is a free, drop-in play space open to the public in Morrisville, VT. It’s a great place to come on a rainy or snowy day, to let your children explore new toys and meet new friends. Parents or care providers must remain with children at all times.

The Playroom is Open

Dec 26

The Playroom is a free, drop-in play space open to the public in Morrisville, VT. It’s a great place to come on a rainy or snowy day, to let your children explore new toys and meet new friends. Parents or care providers must remain with children at all times.

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

Bridport Playgroup

Dec 23

Weekly playgroups turn church basements and other settings into fun and challenging environments where young children can interact with their peers, parents can learn from each other and staff is available to answer questions about child development and accessing community supports.  Playgroups are free for children birth to six years and accompanying parents.

Bridport Playgroup

Dec 30

Weekly playgroups turn church basements and other settings into fun and challenging environments where young children can interact with their peers, parents can learn from each other and staff is available to answer questions about child development and accessing community supports.  Playgroups are free for children birth to six years and accompanying parents.

Bridport Playgroup

Jan 6

Weekly playgroups turn church basements and other settings into fun and challenging environments where young children can interact with their peers, parents can learn from each other and staff is available to answer questions about child development and accessing community supports.  Playgroups are free for children birth to six years and accompanying parents.

Supporting Children Exposed to Substance Abuse

Jan 6

This 2 part workshop will begin with a viewing of The Hungry Heart, a documentary
film by Bess O’Brien about prescription drugs, addiction and recovery in Vermont.
(To see a trailer of the film go to http://thehungryheartmovie.org/). This will be followed
by an exploration of how adult substance use impacts children and what we can
do in our roles to help.
We will focus on three main areas:
· How our professional caregiver role is impacted by issues of addiction,
and resources for self-care and support;
· Identification of current issues showing up in your programs (what you are
seeing related to the impact of substance use on children and families) and;
· Practical strategies to benefit individual children and your program as a whole.
Emphasis will be placed on real issues and working together to share effective strategies that promote
healthy outcomes for children and their families.
CDA: #3 & 4 Advanced Specialized Services
Presenter Robbin LaRue M.A. (Ed) brings a richly diverse background to her work with over 30
years’ experience in human development, parent-child health, early care and education, primary
prevention and the promotion of optimal emotional health and wellness across the lifespan.

Dinner will be served both evenings!
Please come early if you are able…

The workshop is open to parents and other community members as well.
Please spread the word; RSVP 388-4304 or resource@mjccvt.org
Funded through the generosity of the Vermont Birth to Three Project— vermontbirthtothree.org

Movement and Brain Research for Afterschool

Jan 8

Participants will examine current brain research that links movement to
academic performance, mood regulation, and wellness. Movement strategies
will be introduced that can be used in an afterschool space to enhance programming.
Laura Boudreau M.Ed., has been a classroom teacher in PreK-6 setting for the last 19 years. It
was during her master’s program that Ms. Boudreau stumbled across new brain research that
linked movement to greater academic successes in students, as well as a daily mood
regulator. Since then, she has been off and running creating tools for child centered settings to encourage
children to move before, during, and after an activity takes place.

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

The Children's Room Playgroup

Dec 23

The Children’s Room Playgroup at Thatcher Brook School in Waterbury.

Contact Anne at childrensroom@wwsu.org or 244-5605 for more information.

Free.

Jaquith Public Library Playgroup

Dec 24

Jaquith Public Library Playgroup in Marshfield.

Contact Susan at jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com or 426-3581 for more information.

Free.

Baby Play Playgroup

Dec 25

Baby Play at St. Augustine’s Church in Montpelier (lower level).

Contact Chris at christopherr@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292 x115 for more information.

Free.

Waitsfield Playgroup

Dec 25

Waitsfield Playgroup at the Big Picture Theater.

Contact Melodie at 496-6802 for more information.

Free.

Dads and Kids Playgroup

Dec 25

Dads and Kids Playgroup at the Family Center of Washington County.

Contact Chris at christopherr@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292 x115 for more information.

Free.

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

Bradford Playgroup

Dec 23

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information and directions call the Orange County Parent Child Center for more information or directions at (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264.

 

Brookfield Playgroup

Dec 23

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information or directions, please contact Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

 

Babies and Toddlers Playgroup

Dec 23

Playgroups are FREE and open to all parents and caregivers with children ages birth to 2yrs. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Please be aware that Playgroups do not meet if the Hartford School District is closed due to inclement weather.

For questions about our playgroup, contact The Family Place Parent Child Center, 802-649-3268 or Toll Free 1-800-639-0039.

South Royalton Playgroup

Dec 24

Join us for this Playgroup facilitated by The Family Place and Orange County Parent Child Center…Playgroups are FREE and open to all parents and caregivers with children ages birth to five (unless otherwise noted). Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

For questions about playgroup, contact The Family Place Parent Child Center, 802-649-3268 Toll Free 1-800-639-0039 or Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264  Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

Randolph Playgroup

Dec 25

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five. We provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information or directions, please call Orange County Parent Child Center ( OCPCC) (802) 685-2264  Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Jan 14

The Bennington Building Bright Futures -Early Childhood Council is a shared forum where parents, administrators and direct service providers committed to respectful, safe and non-judgmental relationships work together to support positive outcomes for young children and families in Bennington and surrounding areas

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Feb 11

The Bennington Building Bright Futures -Early Childhood Council is a shared forum where parents, administrators and direct service providers committed to respectful, safe and non-judgmental relationships work together to support positive outcomes for young children and families in Bennington and surrounding areas

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Mar 11

The Bennington Building Bright Futures -Early Childhood Council is a shared forum where parents, administrators and direct service providers committed to respectful, safe and non-judgmental relationships work together to support positive outcomes for young children and families in Bennington and surrounding areas

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Apr 8

The Bennington Building Bright Futures -Early Childhood Council is a shared forum where parents, administrators and direct service providers committed to respectful, safe and non-judgmental relationships work together to support positive outcomes for young children and families in Bennington and surrounding areas

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

May 13

The Bennington Building Bright Futures -Early Childhood Council is a shared forum where parents, administrators and direct service providers committed to respectful, safe and non-judgmental relationships work together to support positive outcomes for young children and families in Bennington and surrounding areas

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Southeast Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Townsend Playgroup

Dec 23

Playgroups for parents and their children up to five years of age are offered weekly for any family in Windham County. Currently groups are offered in Brattleboro, Whitingham, Wilmington and Townshend. This 1 and 1/2 hour group offers opportunities for children to play with other infants, toddlers and preschoolers and for parents to meet other parents as well. Each group is facilitated by a coordinator who provides a light snack and depending on the interests of the group, a small activity.

Playgroup Schedule for Townsend, Vermont

Tuesdays at the Townshend Library 9:30-11:00 AM

Brattleboro Playgroup

Dec 23

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info.

TUESDAYS:

Brattleboro- Love it Twice, 74 Black Mountain Rd., 10-11:30 AM, snack provided. For more information call Leigh-Ann at 490-2160

 

 

Guilford Storytime

Dec 23

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info.

TUESDAYS:

Guilford- Guilford Free Library – 10:45 Join Cathi Wilken, librarian, for a program of stories, books and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. For information call: 802-254-6545

 

Putney Meet and Greet for Parents

Dec 23

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info.

TUESDAYS:

Putney-  Putney Library, 11 AM Meet and Greet for parents and children 0-2, 802 – 387-4407

 

Brattleboro New Moms Group

Dec 24

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info.

WEDNESDAYS:

Brattleboro- New Moms group, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 9:30 AM, for ages 0-9months (approx.) Come hear speakers and/or talk about babies and our lives as Moms. For more infomation contact Dawn Kersula at 802-257-8278.

 

 

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