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BBF Upcoming Events

Statewide – Playgroups & Events

Canaan Playgroup

Apr 20

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

Jacksonville StoryTime

Apr 20

*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

 

 

Canaan Library Playgroup

Apr 20

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 266-7135 for more information.

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Apr 20

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

Playgroup Burlington

Apr 20

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

Apr 20

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

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Franklin Grand Isle – Playgroups & Events

Richford Playgroup

Apr 20

For more information: Please contact Elyse Perambo at richfordbbf@gmail.com

Swanton Playgroup Mondays

Apr 20

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

Fletcher Playgroup

Apr 21

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

Georgia Playgroup

Apr 21

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

Fairfax Preschool Story Time

Apr 21

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

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Canaan Playgroup

Apr 20

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

Canaan Library Playgroup

Apr 20

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 266-7135 for more information.

Playworld at Newport Municipal Building

Apr 20

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

Jones Memorial Library Story Time

Apr 20

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 754-6660 for more information.

Dailey Memorial Library Story Hour

Apr 21

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

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

Playgroup Burlington

Apr 20

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

Apr 20

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 Charlotte

Apr 20

Charlotte Central School hosts playgroup for children prenatal to age 5 years on Monday from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Teressa 764-5820, teressatomsen@gmail.com

Playgroup South Burlington

Apr 20

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

Westford Playgroup

Apr 20

Birth to age 5. Mondays 9:30-11am. This playgroup follows the school calendar.

Danielle 876-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

Baby Chat in Johnson - free!

Apr 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

Apr 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

Baby Chat at the Playroom!

May 7

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

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

May 9

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

Breastfeeding Families Group

May 20

Join this monthly gathering where expectant and nursing moms come to meet and support one another -Dads and children welcome, too.  The group is facilitated by Vicki Rich, IBCLC , who is available for questions and help as needed.

Meets every third Wednesday of each month from 11:00AM – 1:00PM at the Church of the Nazarene, Johnson. Baby scale available for weight checks.

Contact Vicki Rich at 888-3470

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

Rock Solid: The Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning

Apr 21

3 Tuesdays April 7, 14 and 28 6—9 pm
Mary Johnson Children’s Center
Want the children in your care to get along with others, feel secure, and be confident, engaged
learners? This 3 part workshop series will teach you strategies for enhancing the social emotional
growth, competency and success of the young children in your care. Building positive relationships,
responsive environments & routines, enhancing emotional literacy and friendship and play
skills will be covered. These modules are based on material from the Center for the
Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL). CDA # 3, 5, 8
Advanced Specialized Care Instructor TBD

Gardening with Children

Apr 21

Come get your hands dirty as we learn about preparing our gardens for spring and little hands and
feet! We’ll try some activities to engage children and get them interested and curious about
what’s growing. CDA #1 & 2 Suzanne Young, CACFP Food Educator

Rock Solid: The Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning

Apr 28

3 Tuesdays April 7, 14 and 28 6—9 pm
Mary Johnson Children’s Center
Want the children in your care to get along with others, feel secure, and be confident, engaged
learners? This 3 part workshop series will teach you strategies for enhancing the social emotional
growth, competency and success of the young children in your care. Building positive relationships,
responsive environments & routines, enhancing emotional literacy and friendship and play
skills will be covered. These modules are based on material from the Center for the
Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL). CDA # 3, 5, 8
Advanced Specialized Care Instructor TBD

Children’s Integrated Services Consultation Group

May 13

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

A Year of Exploration: Signs on Summer

May 14

A Year of Exploration!
Four Winds Nature Institute is partnering with Mary Johnson Child Care Services to offer A Year of
Exploration workshop series* this upcoming Winter, Spring and early Summer . A hands-on and
minds-on professional development opportunity, each two hour workshop offers:
· Current research and background information on the positive impacts on child development of time
spent interacting with the natural world.
· Reflection and collaboration on integrating regular unstructured time outside into your program.
· An introduction to the local natural highlights of each season, what can you find and explore with
children outside your door in Winter, Spring and Summer?
Winter Wonders Saturday January 24th 9—11 am
Sensing Spring Thursday April 16th 6:30—8:30 pm
Signs of Summer Thursday May 14th 6:30—8:30 pm
Please note: There is a $10.00 fee per person for each workshop.
Workshops may be taken individually or as a full series.

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Twinfield Playgroup

Apr 20

Twinfield Playgroup at the Twinfield School in Plainfield

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

Barre City Playgroup

Apr 21

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

Apr 21

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

Apr 22

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

Apr 22

Jaquith Public Library Playgroup in Marshfield.

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

Free.

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Apr 20

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

Apr 20

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

Apr 21

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

Apr 21

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

Apr 21

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

Middletown Springs Playgroup

Apr 20

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

 

Pittsford Playgroup

Apr 23

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

Apr 24

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

Apr 27

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

 

Pittsford Playgroup

Apr 30

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

May 1

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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Saxtons River Play Group

Apr 21

Come on over for crafts, activities and to play!  Check out this Facebook page to learn more!

Miles of Smiles

Apr 21

A great story time for children between the ages of 3 to 5.  Librarians read stories which will engage children and help them become avid book lovers.

Rockingham Free Public Library Story Time

Apr 21

Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 for toddlers and preschoolers. Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and activities. Presented by Kathy Michel!

Play Group Bellows Falls

Apr 22

Come on over and enjoy crafts, play equipment and snacks!  Check out their facebook page for more information.

Preschool and Toddler Story Time

Apr 22

There will be a great story time for preschool and toddler aged children in Ludlow.  Please call, (802) 228 3517, or email, skrawczykvt@gmail.com, Sacha if you have questions.

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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

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

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Jun 10

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

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

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Southeast Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Jacksonville StoryTime

Apr 20

*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

Apr 20

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)

Apr 20

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

Apr 21

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

Apr 21

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

 

 

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