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Statewide – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Infant Toddler Storytime Playgroup

Feb 26

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

Playgroup Burlington

Feb 26

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

The Playroom is Open

Feb 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.

VNA Family Room Burlington

Feb 26

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

Feb 26

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

Baby Play Playgroup

Feb 26

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.

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Franklin Grande Isle – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Infant Toddler Storytime Playgroup

Feb 26

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

Alburgh Playgroup

Feb 26

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

Franklin Lego Thursdays

Feb 26

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

Fairfax PJ Story Hour

Feb 26

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

Feb 26

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

Feb 26

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

Leach Public Library Story Hour

Feb 26

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

Derby Infant/Toddler Playgroup

Feb 27

 

Dates & times are subject to change, please contact (802) 766-8100 for more information. As of now;

Dec. 19 2014
Jan. 16, 23 2015
Feb. 6, 20 2015
Mar. 6, 20 2015
April 10, 17 2015
May 1, 15 2015

Playworld at Newport Municipal Building

Feb 27

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

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Feb 27

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

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

Playgroup Burlington

Feb 26

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

Feb 26

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

Feb 26

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

Feb 26

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

Feb 26

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

The Playroom is Open

Feb 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.

The Playroom is Open

Feb 27

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

Mar 3

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

Mar 5

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 at the Playroom!

Mar 5

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

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

Bridport Playgroup

Mar 3

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.

Strengthening Families

Mar 3

7 Tuesdays January 20th—March 3rd 6:30—8:30 pm
(Bad weather dates: March 10th and 17th)
We will start this series by attending part 1 of Robbin LaRue’s workshop on T. Jan. 6th
so we may view The Hungry Heart; participants are encouraged to attend part 2 of
Robbin’s workshop, but it is not required.
This series:
® Builds on family strengths, buffers risk, and promotes better outcomes for children.
® Builds on and can be integrated into existing programs, strategies, systems and
community opportunities.
® Can be implemented through small but significant changes in everyday actions.
® Is grounded in research, practice and implementation knowledge.
® Will give you the ability to apply for 3 points in the STARS Families and Communities
Arena
Using the Strengthening Families approach, programs and practitioners have altered their work
with children to provide everyday opportunities for families and to build protective factors
needed to nurture young children effectively. It’s about helping all families be the best they can
be, even under stress. And about helping children thrive. It’s about Strengthening Families.
Advanced Specialized Care CDA #4
Doumina Noonan, M.ED, Children’s Integrated Services Child Care Coordinator
Amethyst Peaslee, M.ED, Resource Development Specialist
This series is intended to be taken as a whole.

 

Contact Amethyst Peaslee, Resource Development Specialist 388-4304 to register

Physical Development—How to Support It & Red Flags to Watch Out For

Mar 5

Thursday March 5th & 12th 6:30– 8:30 pm
at Mary Johnson Children’s Center
An essential ingredient in providing developmentally appropriate care is a good understanding of
typical development and how to support it, as well as red flags which will let you know when development
may not be on track. Join Heidi Wilhelm, Physical Therapist, to gain a deeper understanding
of physical development, red flags, and common issues which are cause for a referral. Part I will
cover Infant/Toddler physical development; part 2 will cover ages 3—5 years. Bring your questions
and concerns.
Heidi Wilhelm, P. T Advanced Specialized Care CDA # 2

Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Others

Mar 7

March 7th 9 am—2 pm
Counseling Service of Addison County, 102 Catamount Park (off Exchange St.)
This day will provide you with information and strategies for supporting children and families struggling
with complex trauma as well as ways to use art materials, yoga and mindfulness to nurture and
support yourself as you nurture and support others. More details to come!
CDA #1,3,4,5 Advanced Specialized Care
Betsy Graziadei, Registered Art Therapist, and Deb Sherer, Trauma-informed Yoga teacher

Bridport Playgroup

Mar 10

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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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Baby Play Playgroup

Feb 26

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

Feb 26

Waitsfield Playgroup at the Big Picture Theater.

Contact Melodie at 496-6802 for more information.

Free.

Dads and Kids Playgroup

Feb 26

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

Feb 27

Worcester Playgroup at Doty Elementary School.

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

Free.

Montpelier Playgroup

Feb 28

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

Feb 26

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)

Mar 2

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

Mar 2

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

Mar 3

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

Mar 3

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

Feb 26

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

Feb 27

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

Mar 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. 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

Mar 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

 

Castleton Playgroup

Mar 4

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

Mar 5

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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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

Arlington Playgorup

Feb 28

Arlington Play group on Saturdays 10:30 to 12
East Arlington Road, Arlington
Sponsored by Happy Days 375-6039

Arlington Playgorup

Mar 7

Arlington Play group on Saturdays 10:30 to 12
East Arlington Road, Arlington
Sponsored by Happy Days 375-6039

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

Arlington Playgorup

Mar 14

Arlington Play group on Saturdays 10:30 to 12
East Arlington Road, Arlington
Sponsored by Happy Days 375-6039

Arlington Playgorup

Mar 21

Arlington Play group on Saturdays 10:30 to 12
East Arlington Road, Arlington
Sponsored by Happy Days 375-6039

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Southeast Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Brattleboro Playgroup

Feb 27

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

Feb 27

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

Feb 27

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

Mar 2

*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

Mar 2

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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