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two-child families with incomes between $47,700 (200%
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Statewide – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Infant Toddler Storytime Playgroup

Apr 2

For more information: Please contact Greta Quintin at (802) 347-1780 or email montgomerybbf@gmail.com

Playgroup Burlington

Apr 2

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

VNA Family Room Burlington

Apr 2

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

Alburgh Playgroup

Apr 2

Contact Margaret Maley at (802) 393-6591 or email margaret.maley@ncssinc.org

Baby Play Playgroup

Apr 2

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.

Playgroup Essex Junction

Apr 2

Preschool Playgroup  for ages birth to 5 years, Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Essex Junction Recreation and Parks.

Danielle 878-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

Playgroup follows the school calendar.

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Franklin Grande Isle – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Infant Toddler Storytime Playgroup

Apr 2

For more information: Please contact Greta Quintin at (802) 347-1780 or email montgomerybbf@gmail.com

Alburgh Playgroup

Apr 2

Contact Margaret Maley at (802) 393-6591 or email margaret.maley@ncssinc.org

Franklin Lego Thursdays

Apr 2

For more information: Please contact Jennifer Dewing at (802) 285-6678 or email Franklinbbf@gmail.com

Fairfax PJ Story Hour

Apr 2

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

Follow this group on Facebook: Fairfax Success by Six

Water-Tots

Apr 2

Open to Toddlers ages3-4 years old with one-child to one-adult required. Pre-registration upon arrival to event with proof of residency in Franklin Grand Isle County required. This FREE program is open to residents of the FGI only.

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Apr 2

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

Leach Public Library Story Hour

Apr 2

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 754-2526 for more information.

Playworld at Newport Municipal Building

Apr 3

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

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Apr 3

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

Glover Public Library Story Hour

Apr 3

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 525-4365 for more information.

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

Playgroup Burlington

Apr 2

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

VNA Family Room Burlington

Apr 2

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 Essex Junction

Apr 2

Preschool Playgroup  for ages birth to 5 years, Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Essex Junction Recreation and Parks.

Danielle 878-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

Playgroup follows the school calendar.

Playgroup South Burlington

Apr 2

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 Winooski

Apr 2

Winooski Family Center Playgroup at the O’Brien Community Center for children prenatal to age 6 on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Karen 655-1422, karenp@howardcenter.org

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

Baby Chat at the Playroom!

Apr 2

Baby Chat at the Playroom: 30 Fairgrounds Plaza in Morrisville – FREE

Bring your babies and talk about them! Led by Vicki Rich, RN, Lactation Consultant, Childbirth educator, and more.

Let your friends with babies know too; there’s nothing quite like being able to talk to other Moms, being able to ask questions, being able to change diapers together — to make you laugh!

For more information, call Steve at Building Bright Futures 802 279-7558 or Vicki Rich at (802) 888-3470 or email Steve at SAmes@buildingbrightfutures.org or Vicki at Vrich@lactationandbirthingsolutions.com

Please also follow the Lamoille Valley Building Bright Futures Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/BBFPlayroom

Dabble Day in Johnson!

Apr 4

Dabble Day at the Johnson Elementary School!

A fund day for kids from 0 to second grade…

Lots of fun activities, snacks, and information about growing up!

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Apr 11

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

Breastfeeding Families Group

Apr 15

Join this monthly gathering where expectant and nursing moms come to meet and support one another -Dads and children welcome, too.  The group is facilitated by Vicki Rich, IBCLC , who is available for questions and help as needed.

Meets every third Wednesday of each month from 11:00AM – 1:00PM at the Church of the Nazarene, Johnson. Baby scale available for weight checks.

Contact Vicki Rich at 888-3470

Baby Chat in Johnson - free!

Apr 28

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)

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

Plugged In: Technology, the Internet, and Child Safety

Apr 2

This 1.5 hour training is for or parents and caregivers of young children. Early childhood educators
are challenged to look at the pros and cons of using computers in their classrooms and child
care centers and homes. Screen time and effects of technology on early brain development are discussed.
Discussion also includes the major risks to children using technology such as, cyber bullying,
exposure to pornography, online gaming, and “sexting.” Multiple ways of keeping children
safer with emphasis on supervision and education are discussed. This workshop is presented as
part of the Building Bright Futures Early Childhood Regional Council meeting.
Council updates will follow the presentation. CDA # 2,3,4, 6 Advanced Specialized Care
Presented by Prevent Child Abuse VT

Rock Solid: The Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning

Apr 7

3 Tuesdays April 7, 14 and 28 6—9 pm
Mary Johnson Children’s Center
Want the children in your care to get along with others, feel secure, and be confident, engaged
learners? This 3 part workshop series will teach you strategies for enhancing the social emotional
growth, competency and success of the young children in your care. Building positive relationships,
responsive environments & routines, enhancing emotional literacy and friendship and play
skills will be covered. These modules are based on material from the Center for the
Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL). CDA # 3, 5, 8
Advanced Specialized Care Instructor TBD

Children’s Integrated Services Consultation Group

Apr 8

Children’s Integrated Services Consultation Group
Second Wednesday of Each Month 6:30—8 pm
At the Parent/Child Center
Join members of the Children’s Integrated Services Team—Howdy Russell, Becky
Bertrand and others— to discuss your work with children and families. These evenings
will provide the opportunity to have facilitated conversations regarding challenging
situations you may encounter in your program and brainstorm ways to respond under the
guidance of the CIS Team. CDA # 3,4 Advanced Specialized Care
Please RSVP to Amethyst—388-4304 or resource@mjccvt.org

From Sheep to Art

Apr 9

Join us for an exploration of wool and fibers. We will find ways to incorporate sheep and wool
into all learning areas of our programs. There will be ideas and activities for children from
infants to school agers as well as fun for the adults. The first half of the workshop will be
exploring an integrated curriculum based on sheep and fiber and the endless possibilities for play
and exploration. The second half will be playing with the fiber and learning how to needle felt a
picture. We will also learn about simple wet felting techniques to use with children.
Everyone will take home a sample of raw fiber for their program. CDA #2, 5
Presenter Muffy Kashkin-Grollier is an artist and family child care provider.

Rock Solid: The Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning

Apr 14

3 Tuesdays April 7, 14 and 28 6—9 pm
Mary Johnson Children’s Center
Want the children in your care to get along with others, feel secure, and be confident, engaged
learners? This 3 part workshop series will teach you strategies for enhancing the social emotional
growth, competency and success of the young children in your care. Building positive relationships,
responsive environments & routines, enhancing emotional literacy and friendship and play
skills will be covered. These modules are based on material from the Center for the
Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL). CDA # 3, 5, 8
Advanced Specialized Care Instructor TBD

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Baby Play Playgroup

Apr 2

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

Apr 2

Waitsfield Playgroup at the Big Picture Theater.

Contact Melodie at 496-6802 for more information.

Free.

Dads and Kids Playgroup

Apr 2

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.

Worcester Playgroup

Apr 3

Worcester Playgroup at Doty Elementary School.

Contact Shaylyn at moonsong148@hotmail.com or 223-1312 for more information.

Free.

Montpelier Playgroup

Apr 4

Montpelier Playgroup at the Family Center of Washington County.

Contact Kayla at kaylaj@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292 x190 for more information.

Free.

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

Randolph Playgroup

Apr 2

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

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Apr 6

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.

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

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

West Fairlee Playgroup

Apr 6

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 call Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

Bradford Playgroup

Apr 7

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

Apr 7

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

 

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Rutland – Playgroups & Events

Pittsford Playgroup

Apr 2

Rutland County Parent Child Center Playgroups are informal gatherings of families who share the common thread of wanting a supportive experience for their child. Playgroups help children gain a variety of valuable skills: Social and emotional: how to play and interact with other children and adults. Physical: Improve fine motor control through arts and crafts activities. Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive: Discover more about their world, problem solving and improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

Parents and other caregivers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys, concerns, ideas, and experiences, and learn from other parents.

For more information call (802) 775-9711 or visit www.rcpcc.org

Rutland Library Playgroup

Apr 3

Rutland County Parent Child Center Playgroups are informal gatherings of families who share the common thread of wanting a supportive experience for their child. Playgroups help children gain a variety of valuable skills: Social and emotional: how to play and interact with other children and adults. Physical: Improve fine motor control through arts and crafts activities. Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive: Discover more about their world, problem solving and improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

Parents and other caregivers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys, concerns, ideas, and experiences, and learn from other parents.

For more information call (802) 775-9711 or visit www.rcpcc.org

Middletown Springs Playgroup

Apr 6

Rutland County Parent Child Center playgroups are informal gatherings of families who share the common thread of wanting a supportive experience for their child. Children have the opportunity to hear stories, read and play using story boxes. They socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects. Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys, concerns, ideas, and other experiences, and learn from other parents.

For more information contact (802) 775-7911 or visit www.rcpcc.org

 

Mount Holly Playgroup

Apr 7

Rutland County Parent Child Center Playgroups are informal gatherings of families who share the common thread of wanting a supportive experience for their child. Playgroups help children gain a variety of valuable skills: Social and emotional: how to play and interact with other children and adults. Physical: Improve fine motor control through arts and crafts activities. Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive: Discover more about their world, problem solving and improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

Parents and other caregivers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys, concerns, ideas, and experiences, and learn from other parents.

For more information call (802) 775-9711 or visit www.rcpcc.org

 

Pittsford Playgroup

Apr 9

Rutland County Parent Child Center Playgroups are informal gatherings of families who share the common thread of wanting a supportive experience for their child. Playgroups help children gain a variety of valuable skills: Social and emotional: how to play and interact with other children and adults. Physical: Improve fine motor control through arts and crafts activities. Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive: Discover more about their world, problem solving and improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

Parents and other caregivers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys, concerns, ideas, and experiences, and learn from other parents.

For more information call (802) 775-9711 or visit www.rcpcc.org

Rutland Library Playgroup

Apr 10

Rutland County Parent Child Center Playgroups are informal gatherings of families who share the common thread of wanting a supportive experience for their child. Playgroups help children gain a variety of valuable skills: Social and emotional: how to play and interact with other children and adults. Physical: Improve fine motor control through arts and crafts activities. Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive: Discover more about their world, problem solving and improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

Parents and other caregivers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys, concerns, ideas, and experiences, and learn from other parents.

For more information call (802) 775-9711 or visit www.rcpcc.org

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Springfield Area – Playgroups & Events

Wiggles and Giggles

Apr 2

This is a wonderful story time for children between the ages of 0 to 3.  Watch as your child becomes wrapped up in a story read by the librarian and begins to become an avid reader.

Saxtons River Play Group

Apr 7

Come on over for crafts, activities and to play!  Check out this Facebook page to learn more!

Miles of Smiles

Apr 7

A great story time for children between the ages of 3 to 5.  Librarians read stories which will engage children and help them become avid book lovers.

Crafty Tuesday

Apr 7

Any child in kindergarten through sixth grade is invited to learn how to turn an ordinary washcloth into an adorable bunny.

Play Group Bellows Falls

Apr 8

Come on over and enjoy crafts, play equipment and snacks!  Check out their facebook page for more information.

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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

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

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Jun 10

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

Jul 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

Aug 12

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

Brattleboro Playgroup

Apr 3

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 Brattleboro

Fridays at EES in Brattleboro 9:30-11:00 AM

Whitingham Playgroup

Apr 3

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 Whitingham

Tuesdays at the Whitingham Free Public Library at the Jacksonville Municipal Center 10:00-11:30 AM

Fridays at the Whitingham Pettee Memorial Library 10:00-11:30 AM

Wilmington Playgroup

Apr 3

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 Wilmington

Fridays at the Wilmington Pettee Memorial Library 10:00-11:30 AM

Jacksonville StoryTime

Apr 6

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

 MONDAYS:

Jacksonville - Whitingham Free Library,Toddler and Preschool Rhyme & Story Time,10:30, 802-368-7506

 

 

Westminster Playgroup

Apr 6

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

MONDAYS:

Westminster- Westminster Center School, Early Childhood Playgroup and Open Gym, (ages 0-5), 9-10:00 AM, for more information. contact  Annie Briccetti at 802-387-6689 or abricce@wnesu.net

 

 

 

 

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