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Statewide – Playgroups & Events

Enosburg Story Hour 0-3 yrs.

Mar 6

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

 

Fairfax Community Playgroup Every other Friday

Mar 6

Every other Friday following the school calendar.

Preschool classroom is a “nut-free” zone.

Please stop in a school office to sign in.

contact Jennifer Foster (802) 849-7031 or email fairfaxsx6@gmail.com or fairfaxbbf@gmail.com

Follow this group on Facebook: Fairfax Success by Six

Swanton Playgroup Fridays

Mar 6

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

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.

Brattleboro Playgroup

Mar 6

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

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Franklin Grande Isle – Playgroups & Events

Enosburg Story Hour 0-3 yrs.

Mar 6

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

 

Fairfax Community Playgroup Every other Friday

Mar 6

Every other Friday following the school calendar.

Preschool classroom is a “nut-free” zone.

Please stop in a school office to sign in.

contact Jennifer Foster (802) 849-7031 or email fairfaxsx6@gmail.com or fairfaxbbf@gmail.com

Follow this group on Facebook: Fairfax Success by Six

Swanton Playgroup Fridays

Mar 6

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

South Hero Playgroup

Mar 6

On the FIRST Friday of every month: South Hero Playgroup meets at the South Hero Public Library at the Folsom School on south St. for Toddler Music Time.

Follow this group on Facebook: South Hero Playgroup (BBF)

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Playworld at Newport Municipal Building

Mar 6

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

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Mar 6

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

Glover Public Library Story Hour

Mar 6

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 525-4365 for more information.

Rand Memorial Library Story Hour

Mar 6

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 988-4741 for more information.

Canaan Playgroup

Mar 9

Dates & times are subject to change, please contact (802) 266-9680 for more information.

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Open Gym Essex

Mar 6

Ages birth to 5 years. Fridays 9:00 -10:30 a.m. at Memorial Hall in Essex.

Fridays as space is available with Memorial Hall Players theater calendar.

contact Danielle for dates, 876-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

 

Playgroup- Colchester

Mar 6

Colchester Village Meeting House Wednesday and Friday 9:30-11:00 AM birth to age 5, bring your own snack. Follows the Colchester school calendar.

Emma estevens@colchestervt.gov, 316-2929

Underhill Playgroup

Mar 6

Fridays, Underhill Central School, 9:30-11:00 am, Children 0-age 5 years

Heather 899-4415, underhillplaygroup@yahoo.com

 

Playgroup Huntington

Mar 6

Fridays,Huntington Public Library, 10-11:30am, prenatal-5 years. This playgroup follows the school calendar.

Heather 899-4415, underhillplaygroup@yahoo.com

 

Playgroup Burlington

Mar 9

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

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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.

The Playroom is Open

Mar 12

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 13

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 Family Center - free!

Mar 14

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

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

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.

Children’s Integrated Services Consultation Group

Mar 11

Children’s Integrated Services Consultation Group
Second Wednesday of Each Month 6:30—8 pm
At the Parent/Child Center
Join members of the Children’s Integrated Services Team—Howdy Russell, Becky
Bertrand and others— to discuss your work with children and families. These evenings
will provide the opportunity to have facilitated conversations regarding challenging
situations you may encounter in your program and brainstorm ways to respond under the
guidance of the CIS Team. CDA # 3,4 Advanced Specialized Care
Please RSVP to Amethyst—388-4304 or resource@mjccvt.org

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

Mar 12

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

Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid

Mar 14

CPR Only (including re-cert): 8:30-10 am $30.00

First Aid Only: 10:00-12:30 $30.00

CPR and First Aid: 8:30-12:30 $50.00

Contact Amethyst at Mary Johnson Children’s Center to register:  388-4304

Saturdays: September 27, January 17, March 14 & May 16

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Worcester Playgroup

Mar 6

Worcester Playgroup at Doty Elementary School.

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

Free.

Montpelier Playgroup

Mar 7

Montpelier Playgroup at the Family Center of Washington County.

Contact Kayla at kaylaj@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292 x190 for more information.

Free.

Twinfield Playgroup

Mar 9

Twinfield Playgroup at the Twinfield School in Plainfield

For more information, contact Becca at rebeccahohn@twinfield.net or 426-3213 x247

Barre City Playgroup

Mar 10

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 10

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

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

Free.

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Mar 9

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 9

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 10

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 10

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 10

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.

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Rutland – Playgroups & Events

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

 

Castleton Playgroup

Mar 11

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 12

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 13

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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Brattleboro Playgroup

Mar 6

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

Mar 6

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

Mar 6

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 9

*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 9

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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