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Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Oct 17

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

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Dec 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

Barnet Story Time

Dec 10

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/

Jacksonville StoryTime

Dec 12

*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    

Burlington Playgroup

Dec 12

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, gym time, 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. Gym time is from 9:00-10:00 am. Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session.
For more information or directions, please contact Burlington BBF town coordinator Beth at 578-6471.

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Dec 12

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

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Burlington Playgroup

Dec 12

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, gym time, 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. Gym time is from 9:00-10:00 am. Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session.
For more information or directions, please contact Burlington BBF town coordinator Beth at 578-6471.

Charlotte Playgroup

Dec 12

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.

Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session. 

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

 

Milton Playgroup

Dec 12

Play groups provide an opportunity for parents and their children (ages birth – 5 years) to meet new friends, share experiences, receive support and just have fun! A Milton Family Community Center staff member facilitates all play groups that include open-ended activities in an inviting and enriching environment. Play groups are open to everyone at no cost. Playgroups follow the Milton Town School District Calendar and are not held during school vacations.

Contact: Sara Robinson at Milton Family Center at 893–1457

 

South Burlington Playgroup

Dec 12

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 note we have a new meeting location.

 For more information, please contact South Burlington BBF town coordinator Colleen 802-489-0410 or SBurlFC@gmail.com.

Burlington Crawlers and Toddlers Playgroup

Dec 12

The VNA Family room facilitates free programs 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.

This group is for babies and toddlers ages 0-3 years.

For more information please contact the VNA Family Room at 862–2121 and look for a monthly calendar of events:

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

 

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Dec 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!

Jan 5

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!

Jan 14

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!

Feb 2

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!

Feb 11

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

Dec 10

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/

Lyndonville Story time

Dec 14

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/

St. Johnsbury Storytime

Dec 14

St. Johnsbury Story Time
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum -Children’s Library
Wednesdays @ 10:30AM (Toddler time)
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8291
Read Books Online: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

Vermont Foodbank - VeggieVanG0 -Mobile Food Pantry

Dec 15

In the NVRH Cafeteria -The Foodbank will provide fresh produce and healthy snacks on a consistent basis to this health care site. For personal use only- Please take only what is needed for your household. Bring your own grocery bags. Contact: 748-7433 for more information

Barnet Story Time

Dec 17

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/

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Jaquith Library Playgroup

Dec 14

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Dec 21

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Jan 4

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Jan 11

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Jan 18

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

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Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Dec 12

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

Dec 12

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

Dec 13

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 13

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

Dec 14

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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Mount Holly Playgroup

Dec 13

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

Dec 14

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

Dec 15

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

Dec 16

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

Dec 20

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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Preschool Story Hour at the Library- Cavendish

Dec 14

The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library continues to hold preschool story time every Wednesday from 9:45-10:30 AM.  This is free and open to the public. Please call Kata at 226-7503 for more information.

Preschool Story Time -Windsor

Dec 14

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

Story Time- Wilder Memorial Library

Dec 14

Come join us for a story time in Weston!

After school Program -Windsor

Dec 14

Runs every Wednesday when school is in session. This program is designed for children in grades K-4, though older students are always welcome to help. Join us for a book, a snack, and a project

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Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Oct 17

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

Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Dec 12

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

Bennington BBF- Early Childhood Council

Dec 14

The Bennington BBF- Early Childhood Council

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

From 11 am to 1 pm

Mission

Working together for the good of children and families

Vision

The Building Bright Futures 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.

Everyone is welcome – information rstromgren@buildingbrightfutures.org

Playgroup at Bennington Early Childhood Center

Dec 15

Playgroup at Bennington Early Childhood Center
Harwood Hill Bennington
Contact Alyson at 447-1093

Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Dec 19

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

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Jacksonville StoryTime

Dec 12

*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

Dec 12

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)

Dec 12

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

Dec 13

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

Dec 13

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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