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NOTICES for VT's Early Childhood Community

*ECD-ACF-OUTREACH: Application Deadlines extended
Due to a scheduled maintenance outage on Grants.gov from Saturday July 18, 2015 at 12:01 AM EDT to Monday July 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM EDT, The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is extending the deadline for application submission to 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, July 23, 2015 for the following funding opportunity announcements (FOAs):
* National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning<http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0996>
* National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness<http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0998>
* National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance<http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2015-ACF-OCC-TA-1001>
* National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement<http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0999>
* National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations<http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0995>

*NEW DCF Interim Policies on Child Protection – Submit Comments until 8/14
This week, the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) released a number of policies that have been drafted to comply with the new child protection law (S.9). These policies are being issued as interim policy and go into effect as of July 1st, with a comment period which will end on 8/14/2015. According to DCF staff, the Department has substantially re-formatted and streamlined the content of the policies, with a goal of increasing their use as a ready reference for staff.
The new interim policies can be found here (look for policies listed under “Intake and Assessment”). Comments, questions and suggestions can be sent to Lindsay Barron at Lindsay.Barron@state.vt.us.

*UPDATES on Vermont’s Child Care Licensing Regulations and the impacts of Child Care and Development Block Grant of 2014
See details at VT Children's Integrated Services:
cisvt.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/updates-on-vermonts-child-care-licensing-regulations-and-the-impac...

*WANTED: CIS Child Care Coordinator wanted for Washington County
Position Title: CIS Child Care Coordinator
Program: Child & Youth Development Services
For details: cisvt.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/cis-child-care-coordinator-wanted-for-washington-county/

*ZERO TO THREE recently updated our State Baby Facts, which tell the story about very young children in each state and the District of Columbia. Baby Facts presents infant and toddler data in the framework of good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences. By providing a snapshot of how babies are faring in each state, we can help inform policymakers about the programs that help improve the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families.
Babies are a window into what lies ahead for our country – they are our future innovators, thinkers, and workers. When we invest in them, we are creating stronger families, productive communities, and a healthy workforce and economy. 1. Download our toolkit for ideas and resources to use State Baby Facts in your advocacy efforts. The toolkit contains suggestions for action, sample materials, a list of resources to use with State Baby Facts, and more.
2. Make sure Congress gets the Baby Facts! Important policy decisions are being made on Capitol Hill and the annual appropriations process is underway to determine the level of funding for early learning and child/family programs.

*CDD Releases Info on Federal Child Care Legislation Implementation
The Vermont Child Development Division (CDD) has released information about implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, which was passed by the Congress and signed into law by President Obama in November 2014. Their full memo on the implementation, with detailed analysis, will be posted on the CDD website.
According to CDD, Vermont's current plan to comply with the law will be extended through October 2016 when new federal requirements begin to take effect. CDD has until March 1, 2016 to consult with state and local partners and stakeholders, hold a public hearing, and submit a new plan for approval. The new CCDF state plan will be a three year plan for 2016-18. They expect the Blue Ribbon Commission will provide significant policy direction and input for the new state plan.

*GOVERNOR SHUMLIN Reappoints Ruth Finn Of Barre To The Vermont Commission On Women
For more information: women.vermont.gov/node/697

*STATE BY STATE FACT SHEETS: Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization
For more info: www.nwlc.org/resource/state-state-fact-sheets-implementing-child-care-and-development-block-grant...

*VERMONT’S EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE GRANT Monthly Update Volume 8, June 2015
For details: buildingbrightfutures.org/early-learning-challenge/

*WANTED: VSA Vermont is seeking adults with disabilities who are interested in becoming mentors for high school youth with disabilities.
For more info: hosted.verticalresponse.com/271058/e189903ab0/1472549643/c2fd7fcccb/

*CARING FOR OUR CHILDREN BASICS: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Care and Education
We at ACF are pleased to announce the release of Caring for Our Children Basics: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Care and Education.<http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/caring-for-our-children-basics>

*SUPREME COURT RULING on King v. Burwell a win for kids
U.S. Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell protects affordable health coverage for consumers, families, and children, according to an analysis released by bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus. The ruling affects children in 34 states who rely on subsidies for affordable health coverage in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.
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Statewide Events

Addison County Summer Playgroup

Jun 22

Monday & Wednesday

9:30-11:30 am

June 22- August 5

Snacks, crafts, friends, and fun provided!

Quarry Hill School

Middlebury, Vermont

For more info: 388-7297

Supported by Addison Building Bright Futures,  Addison Parent Child Center, Neat Repeats, Vermont Birth to Three, and Quarry Hill School

 

VNA Family Room Burlington

Jul 7

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

Jul 7

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

Townsend Playgroup

Jul 7

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

Jul 7

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

 

 

Mount Holly Playgroup

Jul 7

Location: MT. Holly Library

Dates and Time: Tuesdays-10:00am-11:30am

Playgroups are an informal gathering 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 care givers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys concerns, ideas, and experiences as well as learn from other parents.

Children gain a variety of valuable skills through playgroups that include social and emotional (how to play and interact with other children and adults), physical (improving the fine motor control through arts  and craft activities). Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive (discover more about their world, problem solving, improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

The Rutland County Playgroups are coordinated and facilitated by Lynn Gould of the Rutland County Parent Child Center

 

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Regional Council Meeting

Aug 3

Dates are subject to change, please contact our Regional Coordinator at scorriveau@buildingbrightfutures.org for more information.

Regional Council Meeting

Sep 7

Dates are subject to change, please contact our Regional Coordinator at scorriveau@buildingbrightfutures.org for more information.

Regional Council Meeting

Oct 5

Dates are subject to change, please contact our Regional Coordinator at scorriveau@buildingbrightfutures.org for more information.

Regional Council Meeting

Nov 2

Dates are subject to change, please contact our Regional Coordinator at scorriveau@buildingbrightfutures.org for more information.

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

VNA Family Room Burlington

Jul 7

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

Jul 7

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 Essex- Welcome Baby Group

Jul 8

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

VNA Family Room Burlington

Jul 8

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

Jul 8

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

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Baby Chat in Johnson - free!

Jul 28

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

Jul 28

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

Addison County Summer Playgroup

Jun 22

Monday & Wednesday

9:30-11:30 am

June 22- August 5

Snacks, crafts, friends, and fun provided!

Quarry Hill School

Middlebury, Vermont

For more info: 388-7297

Supported by Addison Building Bright Futures,  Addison Parent Child Center, Neat Repeats, Vermont Birth to Three, and Quarry Hill School

 

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Baby Playgroup

Jul 16

Special event this summer, the very popular Baby Play playgroup will be held once in July and once in August on a special day and time. Designed for infants and young toddlers and their parents or caregivers. The playgroup will be held on the lower level of St. Augustine’s Church.

Dads and Kids Playgroup

Jul 16

Join Chris Robertson for his wonderful Dads and Kids playgroup during their special summer sessions. This evening playgroup includes dinner and activities designed specifically for dads and their young children aged 0-6.

Playgroup for Deaf and Hearing Children

Jul 25

For deaf and hearing children and their deaf and hearing families and caregivers. Bring your own lunch. The play space and activities are geared toward children aged 0-5.

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Playgroup for Deaf and Hearing Children

Aug 22

For deaf and hearing children and their deaf and hearing families and caregivers. Bring your own lunch. The play space and activities are geared toward children aged 0-5.

1

Baby Playgroup

Aug 27

Special event this summer, the very popular Baby Play playgroup will be held once in July and once in August on a special day and time. Designed for infants and young toddlers and their parents or caregivers. The playgroup will be held on the lower level of St. Augustine’s Church.

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Rutland – Playgroups & Events

Mount Holly Playgroup

Jul 7

Location: MT. Holly Library

Dates and Time: Tuesdays-10:00am-11:30am

Playgroups are an informal gathering 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 care givers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys concerns, ideas, and experiences as well as learn from other parents.

Children gain a variety of valuable skills through playgroups that include social and emotional (how to play and interact with other children and adults), physical (improving the fine motor control through arts  and craft activities). Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive (discover more about their world, problem solving, improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

The Rutland County Playgroups are coordinated and facilitated by Lynn Gould of the Rutland County Parent Child Center

 

Castleton Playgroup

Jul 8

Date and Time: Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:30am

Playgroups are an informal gathering 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 care givers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys concerns, ideas, and experiences as well as learn from other parents.

Children gain a variety of valuable skills through playgroups that include social and emotional (how to play and interact with other children and adults), physical (improving the fine motor control through arts  and craft activities). Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive (discover more about their world, problem solving, improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

The Rutland County Playgroups are coordinated and facilitated by Lynn Gould of the Rutland County Parent Child Center.

Pittsford Playgroup

Jul 9

Date and Time:  Thursdays from 10:00am-11:30am, MacClure Library

Playgroups are an informal gathering 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 care givers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys concerns, ideas, and experiences as well as learn from other parents.

Children gain a variety of valuable skills through playgroups that include social and emotional (how to play and interact with other children and adults), physical (improving the fine motor control through arts  and craft activities). Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive (discover more about their world, problem solving, improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

The Rutland County Playgroups are coordinated and facilitated by Lynn Gould of the Rutland County Parent Child Center.

Rutland City Playgroup

Jul 10

Date and Time: Fridays from 9:30am-11:00am, Rutland Free Library

Playgroups are an informal gathering 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 care givers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys concerns, ideas, and experiences as well as learn from other parents.

Children gain a variety of valuable skills through playgroups that include social and emotional (how to play and interact with other children and adults), physical (improving the fine motor control through arts  and craft activities). Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive (discover more about their world, problem solving, improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

The Rutland County Playgroups are coordinated and facilitated by Lynn Gould of the Rutland County Parent Child Center.

Mount Holly Playgroup

Jul 14

Location: MT. Holly Library

Dates and Time: Tuesdays-10:00am-11:30am

Playgroups are an informal gathering 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 care givers can make new friends, reduce isolation, share joys concerns, ideas, and experiences as well as learn from other parents.

Children gain a variety of valuable skills through playgroups that include social and emotional (how to play and interact with other children and adults), physical (improving the fine motor control through arts  and craft activities). Movement and dance improves health and large motor control. Cognitive (discover more about their world, problem solving, improve reading and writing readiness through creative play and literary activities.

The Rutland County Playgroups are coordinated and facilitated by Lynn Gould of the Rutland County Parent Child Center

 

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Springfield Area – Playgroups & Events

Discovery Time

Jul 8

Discovery Time is for kids ages 5 and up Wednesdays @ 10:00 am at the Springfield Town Library
July 1: Bucket Hats – Decorate a hat for summer fun!
July 8: Moovin’ and Groovin’ with Ashley
July 15: Super Critters with Michael Clough and his animals
July 22:You are a Hero Magic Show with Magician Tom Joyce
July 29: Sing-A-Long with Paul Ippolito
August 5: Bublebees presented by a Nature Museum Educator

Nature Thursdays Regal Eagles

Jul 9

Come to the Springfield Town Library and learn about eagles.  This program is presented by the nature museum and is good for children ages 5 and up.

HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN Parenting Workshop

Jul 10

july-august parenting classAre your children not listening to you? Would you like to learn new communications skills? Discussions on feelings, cooperation, and respect will be addressed.

Let’s find a way to live with each other so that we can feel good about ourselves, and help the people we love feel good about themselves

Join us for a six week parenting discussion group. Thursday Evenings July 9 – August 13th 6-7:30 pm  at the Springfield Area Parent Child Center

 

Storytime Heroes

Jul 13

Meet some real life community heroes during this special storytime event.
Surprise superhero!

Time with Teachers

Jul 13

A special story time with your Elm Hill Teachers!
 
Monday, July 13 and 20 @ 2:00 pm

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Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Jul 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

Aug 12

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

Sep 9

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

Oct 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

Nov 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

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Southeast Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Townsend Playgroup

Jul 7

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

Jul 7

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

Jul 7

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

 

Putney Meet and Greet for Parents

Jul 7

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

Jul 8

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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