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Meet Martha Braithwaite, BBF's Orleans & Northern Essex Regional Coordinator. If you're interested in connecting with someone about early childhood and family issues facing your region, Martha is your champion! A native Vermonter, Martha has ten years of experience partnering with parents and communities to improve the well-being of young children from the San Francisco Bay Area to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. In Oakland, she was awarded the 2008 Avon Foundation Hello Tomorrow Award for her work developing a mentoring program to support teen mothers’ access to higher education. In Vermont, She served as the Social Enterprise Manager at Northeast Kingdom Community Action, where she partnered with Economic Services to develop job training programs for parents receiving ReachUp assistance. her direct service experience instilled in her a deep commitment to collaboration to ensure that systems are responsive to the changing needs of communities and that finite resources are utilized efficiently. Prior to joining BBF, she served as the Easter Seals VT Program Coordinator for the Newport Family Services District. She managed a team that provided Family Engagement Services to caregivers with children ages 0-18 at risk of or in state custody using trauma-informed, evidenced-based best practices. She has a B.A. in Public Policy with a minor in Economics from Mills College and a M.B.A. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. She currently resides in the Northeast Kingdom with her son. You can connect with Martha at mbraithwaite@buildingbrightfutures.org ... See MoreSee Less

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Sarah BuxtonMartha is incredible. Her unassuming presence helps real conversations to happen. And when she pipes in ... watch out! Brilliant.3 days ago   ·  2
Martha BraithwaiteYou are all too kind. It's an honor to be your colleagues.2 days ago
Carly FredricksonWe love Martha! She is an amazing advocate for families in the NEK.3 days ago
Steve AmesI so agree with Sarah. Martha is awesome2 days ago

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Burlington Playgroup

Jun 26

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, gym time, crafts, stories, and manipulatives. 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. Gym time is from 9:00-10:00 am. Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session.
For more information or directions, please contact Burlington BBF town coordinator Beth at 578-6471.

Play Group Norwich

Jun 26

The Family Place Playgroup (birth to age 5) is held on Mondays and Fridays in the morning from 9:00 until 10:30 at the Olcott House.

Play Group- Springfield

Jun 26

Come to play and meet new friends.  Children love playing with others.  All parents with young children are welcomed.  Contact Celeste at 886-5242 or email at celestem@vermontel.net.

Charlotte Playgroup

Jun 26

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. 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 do not meet when school is not in session. 

For more information, please contact Charlotte BBF town coordinator Colleen at bbfcharlotteplaygroup@gmail.com

 

Infant Story Time-Springfield

Jun 26

Designed for children under 15 months of age. Join us to explore a board book, rhymes and all things baby! Free and open to the public. Call (802) 885-3108 for more information.

 

South Burlington Playgroup

Jun 26

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. 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 note we have a new meeting location.

 For more information, please contact South Burlington BBF town coordinator Colleen 802-489-0410 or SBurlFC@gmail.com.

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Fairfax Preschool Story Time

Jun 27

Fairfax Community Library, Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am

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Burlington Playgroup

Jun 26

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, gym time, crafts, stories, and manipulatives. 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. Gym time is from 9:00-10:00 am. Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session.
For more information or directions, please contact Burlington BBF town coordinator Beth at 578-6471.

Charlotte Playgroup

Jun 26

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. 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 do not meet when school is not in session. 

For more information, please contact Charlotte BBF town coordinator Colleen at bbfcharlotteplaygroup@gmail.com

 

South Burlington Playgroup

Jun 26

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. 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 note we have a new meeting location.

 For more information, please contact South Burlington BBF town coordinator Colleen 802-489-0410 or SBurlFC@gmail.com.

Burlington Crawlers and Toddlers Playgroup

Jun 26

The VNA Family room facilitates free programs 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.

This group is for babies and toddlers ages 0-3 years.

For more information please contact the VNA Family Room at 862–2121 and look for a monthly calendar of events:

http://www.vnacares.org/health-care-services/family-childrens-services/family-room

 

Burlington Playgroup

Jun 27

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, gym time, crafts, stories, and manipulatives. 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. Gym time is from 9:00-10:00 am. Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session.
For more information or directions, please contact Burlington BBF town coordinator Beth at 578-6471.

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Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Jul 6

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Jul 8

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Aug 3

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

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Play Group Norwich

Jun 26

The Family Place Playgroup (birth to age 5) is held on Mondays and Fridays in the morning from 9:00 until 10:30 at the Olcott House.

Play Group- Bradford

Jun 27

Join us on Tuesdays from 9:00-11:00 at the Grace Methodist Church.  Contact the Orange County Parent Child Center at 888/685-2264

Play Group- Brookfield

Jun 27

Join us on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 at the First Congregational Church.  Contact the Orange County Parent Child Center at 888/685-2264

Play Group- South Royalton

Jun 28

The South Royalton Playgroup is held on Wednesdays in the morning from 9:30 until 11:00 at the United Church on North Main Street in South Royalton.

Play Group- South Royalton

Jun 28

Join us on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:00 at the United Church on the Green.  Contact the Orange County Parent Child Center at 888/685-2264

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Play Group- Springfield

Jun 26

Come to play and meet new friends.  Children love playing with others.  All parents with young children are welcomed.  Contact Celeste at 886-5242 or email at celestem@vermontel.net.

Infant Story Time-Springfield

Jun 26

Designed for children under 15 months of age. Join us to explore a board book, rhymes and all things baby! Free and open to the public. Call (802) 885-3108 for more information.

 

Open Play- Springfield

Jun 27

An active play time specifically designed for children aged 6 months through 5 years!  Free to member families and $10 per visit or $70 for 10 visits.  Scholarships are available.  Call (802) 885-2568 or info@myreccenter.org for more information.

Story Time- Springfield

Jun 27

Join us for stories, songs, crafts and activities for children under 5 years of age! Free and open to the public. Call (802) 885-3108 for more information.

Crafts, Stories and Play Time- Rockingham

Jun 27

Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 for toddlers and preschoolers. Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and activities. Contact 463-4270 for more information.

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Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Jun 26

Bennington Free Library Playgroup
Hosted by SVMC- EI
Contact Jennie at 447-2768

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