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Statewide – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Infant Toddler Storytime Playgroup

Jan 29

For more information: Please contact Greta Quintin at (802) 347-1780 or email montgomerybbf@gmail.com

Playgroup Burlington

Jan 29

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

The Playroom is Open

Jan 29

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

Jan 29

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

Alburgh Playgroup

Jan 29

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

Baby Play Playgroup

Jan 29

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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Franklin Grande Isle – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Infant Toddler Storytime Playgroup

Jan 29

For more information: Please contact Greta Quintin at (802) 347-1780 or email montgomerybbf@gmail.com

Alburgh Playgroup

Jan 29

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

Franklin Lego Thursdays

Jan 29

For more information: Please contact Jennifer Dewing at (802) 285-6678 or email Franklinbbf@gmail.com

Fairfax PJ Story Hour

Jan 29

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

Follow this group on Facebook: Fairfax Success by Six

Water-Tots

Jan 29

Open to Toddlers ages3-4 years old with one-child to one-adult required. Pre-registration upon arrival to event with proof of residency in Franklin Grand Isle County required. This FREE program is open to residents of the FGI only.

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Jan 29

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

Leach Public Library Story Hour

Jan 29

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 754-2526 for more information.

Are We Crazy About Our Kids? Screening

Jan 29

The screening of Are We Crazy About Our Kids? is to explore how investments in high quality early care and preschool yield huge personal and social benefits, and pay for themselves many times over.

 

 

Derby Infant/Toddler Playgroup

Jan 30

 

Dates & times are subject to change, please contact (802) 766-8100 for more information. As of now;

Dec. 19 2014
Jan. 16, 23 2015
Feb. 6, 20 2015
Mar. 6, 20 2015
April 10, 17 2015
May 1, 15 2015

Playworld at Newport Municipal Building

Jan 30

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

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

Playgroup Burlington

Jan 29

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

Jan 29

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 Essex Junction

Jan 29

Preschool Playgroup  for ages birth to 5 years, Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Essex Junction Recreation and Parks.

Danielle 878-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

Playgroup follows the school calendar.

Playgroup South Burlington

Jan 29

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 Winooski

Jan 29

Winooski Family Center Playgroup at the O’Brien Community Center for children prenatal to age 6 on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Karen 655-1422, karenp@howardcenter.org

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

The Playroom is Open

Jan 29

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

Jan 30

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

Feb 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

Feb 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!

Feb 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

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

Bridport Playgroup

Feb 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

Feb 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

Learn It Online!

Feb 5

What is online learning and how is it different from learning face to face? How can online learning
“count” for your annual training requirements? Is all online learning the same, and how can you find
what you want? Come and peek inside several non-credit online learning modules and discover how to
find and use approved online training to support your professional development in Vermont. Learn to
identify quality, and to select online training that is right for you. No computer experience required, but
curiosity is a must! Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have:
· Recognized if they are ready for an online learning experience, why they might do
this, and what kind of online learning best meets their needs
· Identified sources for online learning that meets their needs and how to begin
Instructor Nancy Sugarman – Director of the Northern Lights Career Development Center

Bridport Playgroup

Feb 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.

Strengthening Families

Feb 10

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

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Baby Play Playgroup

Jan 29

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.

Waitsfield Playgroup

Jan 29

Waitsfield Playgroup at the Big Picture Theater.

Contact Melodie at 496-6802 for more information.

Free.

Dads and Kids Playgroup

Jan 29

Dads and Kids Playgroup at the Family Center of Washington County.

Contact Chris at christopherr@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292 x115 for more information.

Free.

Worcester Playgroup

Jan 30

Worcester Playgroup at Doty Elementary School.

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

Free.

Montpelier Playgroup

Jan 31

Montpelier Playgroup at the Family Center of Washington County.

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

Free.

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

No Events

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Rutland – Playgroups & Events

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Springfield Area – Playgroups & Events

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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Feb 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

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

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Apr 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

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

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Southeast Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Brattleboro Playgroup

Jan 30

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

Jan 30

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

Jan 30

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

Feb 2

*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

Feb 2

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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