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Statewide – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Infant Toddler Storytime Playgroup

Dec 18

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

Playgroup Burlington

Dec 18

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

Dec 18

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

VNA Family Room Burlington

Dec 18

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

Baby Play Playgroup

Dec 18

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.

Dance to Learn Class

Dec 18

The Children’s Room is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for families with young children in the area. With Funding from Central Vermont Building Bright Futures, they will be hosting a free six part musical experience. Presented by Laurie Flaherty and Rachel O’Donald, this “Dance to Learn” class will take place in the Thatcher Brook Primary School cafeteria on six Thursdays in November and December.
The dates are Nov. 6, 13 & 20 and Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 2014. Please email or call to register childrensroom@wwsu.org or (802)244-5605.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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Franklin Grande Isle – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Infant Toddler Storytime Playgroup

Dec 18

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

Lego Thursdays

Dec 18

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

PJ Story Hour

Dec 18

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

Enosburg Story Hour 0-3 yrs.

Dec 19

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

 

Swanton Playgroup Fridays

Dec 19

For more information: Please contact Diana Fackler at (802) 868-3033 or swantonbbf@gmail.com

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Dec 18

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

Leach Public Library Story Hour

Dec 18

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

Derby Infant/Toddler Playgroup

Dec 19

 

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

Dec 19

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

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Dec 19

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

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

Playgroup Burlington

Dec 18

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

Dec 18

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

Dec 18

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

Dec 18

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

Dec 18

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

Dec 18

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

The Playroom is Open

Dec 19

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

The Playroom is Open

Dec 23

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

Baby Chat in Johnson - free!

Dec 23

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

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

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

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

Breastfeeding Group

Dec 23

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

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

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

For more information visit Vicki’s facebook page:

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

Or Call her at 802 888-3470

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

Salisbury Playgroup

Dec 19

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

Bridport Playgroup

Dec 23

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

Bridport Playgroup

Dec 30

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

Bridport Playgroup

Jan 6

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

Supporting Children Exposed to Substance Abuse

Jan 6

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

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

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

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Baby Play Playgroup

Dec 18

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.

Dance to Learn Class

Dec 18

The Children’s Room is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for families with young children in the area. With Funding from Central Vermont Building Bright Futures, they will be hosting a free six part musical experience. Presented by Laurie Flaherty and Rachel O’Donald, this “Dance to Learn” class will take place in the Thatcher Brook Primary School cafeteria on six Thursdays in November and December.
The dates are Nov. 6, 13 & 20 and Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 2014. Please email or call to register childrensroom@wwsu.org or (802)244-5605.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Waitsfield Playgroup

Dec 18

Waitsfield Playgroup at the Big Picture Theater.

Contact Melodie at 496-6802 for more information.

Free.

Dads and Kids Playgroup

Dec 18

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

Dec 19

Worcester Playgroup at Doty Elementary School.

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

Free.

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

Randolph Playgroup

Dec 18

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

Chelsea Playgroup

Dec 19

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

West Fairlee Playgroup

Dec 22

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

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Dec 22

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

Bradford Playgroup

Dec 23

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

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

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

 

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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Jan 14

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

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Feb 11

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

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Mar 11

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

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Apr 8

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

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

May 13

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

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Southeast Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Brattleboro Playgroup

Dec 19

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

Dec 19

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

Dec 19

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

Dec 22

*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 22

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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