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The First Five Years Fund’s annual national poll shows that early childhood education is one of the best ways for candidates to connect with voters because it is one of their top priorities–regardless of party. In fact, Americans say our education priorities should be reversed, calling for more or equal investment in early education over college. Do you agree? ffyf.org/2016-poll ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you interested in improving the lives of young children & families in Vermont? Consider joining your local Building Bright Futures Regional Council. Councils include local parents, local school districts, local government, local early childhood and child welfare providers, physicians and nurses, law enforcement and criminal justice, advocates, and ANY other interested community members, working together to align solutions at the local level with effective policy at the state level. Visit our website to get involved in your region: buildingbrightfutures.org/select-your-region/ ... See MoreSee Less

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If you haven't made your voice heard to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality Affordable Child Care, there's still time. There are public forums tonight in Rutland and Brattleboro.

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Statewide Events

Winooski Summer Playgroup Activities

Jul 7

Playgroups move outside for the summer to area playgrounds, library and farms. 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. Lunch provided!

 7/7    11am-1pm,  meet at Landry Park Playground for activities, lunch, and stories.

7/14   11am-1pm,  Winooski Library, meet at O’Brien Community Center and we will walk together.     

7/21    10:30-1:30, Field Trip to Shelburne Farms.  Meet at O’Brien Community Center at 10:30. We will carpool. Please let us know if you have room in your car for others or if you need a ride. Each parent/caregiver must have a safe car seat for their child. You  must call 655-1422 to register by 7/19.

7/28    10:30-1:00, Field Trip to Sam Mazza’s Farm in Colchester to pick blueberries. Meet at O’Brien Community Center at 10:30 to carpool.  Please let us know if you have room in your car for others or if you need a ride. Each parent/caregiver must have a safe car seat for their child. You must call 655-1422 by 7/26 to register.

  8/4    11am-1pm, Landry Park Playground, activities, lunch, stories.

  8/11   11am-1pm, Landry Park – Last Summer Playgroup! – Transition to Pre-K & K Ice Cream Social. Come and meet some of your child’s classmates at the last playgroup of the summer! 

For more information, please contact Karen at the Winooski Family Center 802-655-1422 or karenp@howardcenter.org.

Fairfax Open Tot Gym/ Infant and Parent Playtime

Jul 30

Open Tot Gym/ Infant and Parent Playtime
9:00-10:30 Saturday Mornings beginning on November 7
In the BFA-Fairfax Elementary Gym

Story Time Weathersfield Proctor Library

Jul 30

Come join us for story time with your friends!  Call (802) 674-2863 for more information

Barnet Story Time

Jul 30

Barnet Public Library
Saturdays 10:30-11:30 am (stories and craft)
147 Church Street, Barnet, VT
Phone: (802) 633-4436
Website: http://barnetpubliclibrary.com/

Silly Saturdays Play Group

Jul 30

Silly Saturdays Play Group
For children 0-6 years old and their families
10:30-11:30 AM
Fun themed activity and snack provided

Build a Better....-Rockingham

Jul 30

Using Strawbees and other everyday materials take on fun engineering challenges.

Parents are required to attend with children under 12 and pre registration is recommended.

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Fairfax Open Tot Gym/ Infant and Parent Playtime

Jul 30

Open Tot Gym/ Infant and Parent Playtime
9:00-10:30 Saturday Mornings beginning on November 7
In the BFA-Fairfax Elementary Gym

Montgomery Little Explorers outdoor playgroup

Aug 2

Little Explorers outdoor playgroup meets at the Montgomery Recreation Center Tuesday from 10-11:30 am.

Story Time at Fairfax Library

Aug 2

Co-Sponsored by the Fairfax Community Library

Story Time at Highgate Library

Aug 2

Highgate Public Library Story Time. Join Mrs. Liza and all her story time friends on: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Visit us at www.highgatelibrary.wordpress.com or call 868-3970 for more information.

St. Albans Playgroup

Aug 3

Playgroup
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 9-10:30am
Where: 130 Fisher Pond Rd, St. Albans, VT 05478
Registration: Sign up with Margaret Maley at 393-6591 or e-mail at Margaret.Maley@ncssinc.org
Age/Audience: Children w/ caregiver

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Story Hour in Orleans

Aug 1

Visit the Jones Memorial Library for Story Hour on Monday at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm

Attend Story Hour in Derby

Aug 2

Visit the Dailey Memorial Library for Story Hour on Tuesdays at 10:30 am

Story Hour in Newport

Aug 3

Visit the Goodrich Memorial Library for a Preschool Story Hour every Wednesday at 10:30

Story Hour at the Barton Public Library

Aug 3

Attend Story Hour at the Barton Library at 11:00 am or 4:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Story Hour at the Glover Library

Aug 5

Attend Story Hour at the Glover Library at 10:00 am on Fridays

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

Winooski Summer Playgroup Activities

Jul 7

Playgroups move outside for the summer to area playgrounds, library and farms. 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. Lunch provided!

 7/7    11am-1pm,  meet at Landry Park Playground for activities, lunch, and stories.

7/14   11am-1pm,  Winooski Library, meet at O’Brien Community Center and we will walk together.     

7/21    10:30-1:30, Field Trip to Shelburne Farms.  Meet at O’Brien Community Center at 10:30. We will carpool. Please let us know if you have room in your car for others or if you need a ride. Each parent/caregiver must have a safe car seat for their child. You  must call 655-1422 to register by 7/19.

7/28    10:30-1:00, Field Trip to Sam Mazza’s Farm in Colchester to pick blueberries. Meet at O’Brien Community Center at 10:30 to carpool.  Please let us know if you have room in your car for others or if you need a ride. Each parent/caregiver must have a safe car seat for their child. You must call 655-1422 by 7/26 to register.

  8/4    11am-1pm, Landry Park Playground, activities, lunch, stories.

  8/11   11am-1pm, Landry Park – Last Summer Playgroup! – Transition to Pre-K & K Ice Cream Social. Come and meet some of your child’s classmates at the last playgroup of the summer! 

For more information, please contact Karen at the Winooski Family Center 802-655-1422 or karenp@howardcenter.org.

Charlotte Summer Playgroup

Aug 1

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. Children of all ages are welcome. Please bring a snack and water bottle.

Summer playgroups meet outside at the Charlotte Central School playground.

For more information, please contact Charlotte BBF town coordinator Colleen at bbfcharlotteplaygroup@gmail.com.

South Burlington Summer Playgroup

Aug 2

Playgroups move outside for the summer to Jaycee Park. 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 more information, please contact South Burlington BBF town coordinator Colleen 489-0410 or SBurlFC@gmail.com.

Burlington Summer Meet-Up

Aug 3

Join us for fun summer meet up at Ethan Allen Park in Burlington’s New North End for families and caregivers with children birth to age five. Siblings welcome.

For more information or directions, please contact Burlington BBF town coordinator Beth at 578-6471.

Colchester Playgroup

Aug 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. 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 bring a snack. Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session. For more information or directions, please contact Colchester town coordinator Kristin at 316-2918.

note: no playgroup 6/15, 6/22, 6/29

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Aug 4

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Aug 13

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Sep 1

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Sep 10

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Oct 6

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Barnet Story Time

Jul 30

Barnet Public Library
Saturdays 10:30-11:30 am (stories and craft)
147 Church Street, Barnet, VT
Phone: (802) 633-4436
Website: http://barnetpubliclibrary.com/

Silly Saturdays Play Group

Jul 30

Silly Saturdays Play Group
For children 0-6 years old and their families
10:30-11:30 AM
Fun themed activity and snack provided

Early Head Start Playgroup

Aug 2

Early Head Start Play Group – St. Johnsbury
Tuesdays 9:30- 11 Thursdays 9:30-11
NEKCA: Parent Child Center
115 Lincoln Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6040

Lyndonville Story Time

Aug 2

Lyndonville Story Time
Cobleigh Public Library
Tuesdays 10:00 am (Birth- Age 5)
Wednesdays 10:30 am (Birth -Age 5)
14 Depot Street
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-5475
Website: http://cobleighlibrary.org/main/

Danville Story Time

Aug 3

Danville Story Time
Pope Memorial Library
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.
121 Park Street, Danville, VT 05828
(802) 684-2256

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

Summer Playgroup (Addison County)

Aug 1

Addison County Summer Playgroup

Monday and Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30

Quarry Hill School

1622 Quarry Road

Middlebury
388-7297

June 20th- August 3rd

indoor and outdoor activities
snack provided

Suggested donation- $3

 
 

Made possible with support from

Parent Child Center

Building Bright Futures

Neat Repeats

Vermont Birth – Five

Summer Playgroup (Addison County)

Aug 3

Addison County Summer Playgroup

Monday and Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30

Quarry Hill School

1622 Quarry Road

Middlebury
388-7297

June 20th- August 3rd

indoor and outdoor activities
snack provided

Suggested donation- $3

 
 

Made possible with support from

Parent Child Center

Building Bright Futures

Neat Repeats

Vermont Birth – Five

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Summer Family Playgroup

Aug 17

Young children and a parent or caregiver are invited to join us for a special summer family playgroup event at the Family Center of Washington County. All families are welcome. This event will be a Family Movie Night. Contact Chris Robertson at christopherr@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292 x115 for more information. 

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Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Aug 1

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

Aug 1

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

Aug 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 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

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

 

South Royalton Playgroup

Aug 3

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

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Rutland – Playgroups & Events

Mount Holly Playgroup

Aug 2

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

 

Castleton Playgroup

Aug 3

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

Pittsford Playgroup

Aug 4

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

Rutland City Playgroup

Aug 5

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

Mount Holly Playgroup

Aug 9

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

 

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Springfield Area – Playgroups & Events

Story Time Weathersfield Proctor Library

Jul 30

Come join us for story time with your friends!  Call (802) 674-2863 for more information

North Springfield Play Group

Aug 1

Come to play and meet new friends.  Children love playing with others.  All parents with young children are welcomed.  Contact Nichole at 886-5242 or email at nichole@vermontel.net.

Crafty Tuesday

Aug 2

For children in kindergarten through grade 6 to come and make a craft!

Story Time Weathersfield Proctor Library

Aug 3

Come join us for story time with your friends!  Call (802) 674-2863 for more information

Preschool Story Time Windsor

Aug 3

Caregivers and their children are welcome as we share stories, songs, and crafts. For ages 0-5 with parent or caregiver.

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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

Monday Playgroup

Aug 1

Monday Playgroup at Bennington Free Library
Open to all children and families infants to age 6
Sponsored by SVMC, BBF and Early Intervention
10:30 to noon

Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Aug 1

Bennington Free Library Playgroup
Hosted by SVMC- EI
Contact Jennie at 447-2768

Head Start Playgroup

Aug 2

Playgroup at Head Start North Bennington
Tuesday’s 9 am to 10:30 am
Contact Beth 442-3686

Sunrise CIS Playgroup

Aug 3

Happening on Wednesdays at the Applegate Community Room
9 am to 10:30
Michelle Weyers facilitator 442-1665
Support from Kelly Belville, Terry Yavaniski and others

Arlington Playgroup

Aug 4

Arlington Playgroup
Martha Canfield Library
Information Carol 375-6039

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Jacksonville StoryTime

Aug 1

*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

Aug 1

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        

Wilmington Storytime (Free)

Aug 1

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. MONDAYS: Wilmington- Pettee Memorial Library, Storyhour, 10:30am, contact Helena Queenie at 802-464-8557.

Townsend Playgroup

Aug 2

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

 

Guilford Storytime

Aug 2

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

 

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