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Statewide – Playgroups & Events

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.

 

Fletcher Playgroup

Mar 3

For more information: Please contact Nancy Hurt at (802) 849-6251 or email fletcherbbf@gmail.com OR nhurt@fwsu.org

Georgia Playgroup

Mar 3

For more information: Please contact Diana Cribby at (802) 528-5470 or email Georgiabbf@gmail.com

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.

VNA Family Room Burlington

Mar 3

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

Barre City Playgroup

Mar 3

Barre City playgroup at the Universalist Church in Barre

For more information, contact Buffy at buffyb@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292

Free

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Franklin Grande Isle – Playgroups & Events

Fletcher Playgroup

Mar 3

For more information: Please contact Nancy Hurt at (802) 849-6251 or email fletcherbbf@gmail.com OR nhurt@fwsu.org

Georgia Playgroup

Mar 3

For more information: Please contact Diana Cribby at (802) 528-5470 or email Georgiabbf@gmail.com

Fairfax Preschool Story Time

Mar 3

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

Highgate Story Time

Mar 3

For more information: Please contact Liza Comiskey at (802) 868-3970 or email Highgatebbf@gmail.com

Alburgh Storytime

Mar 3

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

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Dailey Memorial Library Story Hour

Mar 3

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 766-5063 for more information.

Playworld at Newport Municipal Building

Mar 4

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

Barton Story Hour

Mar 4

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 525-6524 for more information.

Goodrich Memorial Library Story Hour

Mar 4

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 334-7902 for more information.

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Mar 5

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

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

VNA Family Room Burlington

Mar 3

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 South Burlington

Mar 3

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 Richmond

Mar 4

Wednesdays, Richmond Free Library, 8:45-10:15 am, prenatal to 5 years.

Heather  899-4415, underhillplaygroup@yahoo.com.

*Playgroup follows school calendar

Playgroup Burlington

Mar 4

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

Playgroup Essex- Welcome Baby Group

Mar 4

Wednesdays: Welcome Baby Playgroup ages birth to 18 Months, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at Move You Fitness Studio.

Danielle 876-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

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

The Playroom is Open

Mar 6

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 10

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.

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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

Barre City Playgroup

Mar 3

Barre City playgroup at the Universalist Church in Barre

For more information, contact Buffy at buffyb@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292

Free

The Children's Room Playgroup

Mar 3

The Children’s Room Playgroup at Thatcher Brook School in Waterbury.

Contact Anne at childrensroom@wwsu.org or 244-5605 for more information.

Free.

Northfield Playgroup

Mar 4

Northfield Playgroup at the United Church of Northfield.

Contact Buffy at buffyb@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292 for more information.

Free.

Jaquith Public Library Playgroup

Mar 4

Jaquith Public Library Playgroup in Marshfield.

Contact Susan at jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com or 426-3581 for more information.

Free.

Baby Play Playgroup

Mar 5

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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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

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

 

Babies and Toddlers Playgroup

Mar 3

Playgroups are FREE and open to all parents and caregivers with children ages birth to 2yrs. 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 our playgroup, contact The Family Place Parent Child Center, 802-649-3268 or Toll Free 1-800-639-0039.

South Royalton Playgroup

Mar 4

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

Randolph Playgroup

Mar 5

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

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Rutland – Playgroups & Events

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

Rutland Library Playgroup

Mar 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. 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 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. 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 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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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

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

Kindergarten Transition Summit

Mar 25

The Kindergarten Transition Conference on Wednesday March 25th from 12:30 to 5. Beverly Sweeney PHD from the University of Virginia will facilitate the discussion for pre-school and kindergarten teachers, and administrators. This conference is a collaboration between the three supervisory unions, Head Start and Building Bright Futures. Please save the date, more details to follow.

Purpose: To create long term collaboration with local school districts, Head Start, community early childhood providers and families in promoting a seamless transition for children and families into kindergarten

For More Information or to sign up for this event please  Contact:  Robin Stromgren rstromgren@buildingbrightfutures.org  or 802-447-2887

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Southeast Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Townsend Playgroup

Mar 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 Townsend, Vermont

Tuesdays at the Townshend Library 9:30-11:00 AM

Brattleboro Playgroup

Mar 3

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

TUESDAYS:

Brattleboro- Love it Twice, 74 Black Mountain Rd., 10-11:30 AM, snack provided. For more information call Leigh-Ann at 490-2160

 

 

Guilford Storytime

Mar 3

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

TUESDAYS:

Guilford- Guilford 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

 

Putney Meet and Greet for Parents

Mar 3

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

TUESDAYS:

Putney-  Putney Library, 11 AM Meet and Greet for parents and children 0-2, 802 – 387-4407

 

Brattleboro New Moms Group

Mar 4

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

WEDNESDAYS:

Brattleboro- New Moms group, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 9:30 AM, for ages 0-9months (approx.) Come hear speakers and/or talk about babies and our lives as Moms. For more infomation contact Dawn Kersula at 802-257-8278.

 

 

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