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Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Aug 31

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

Aug 31

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

Sep 1

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.

 

Burlington Playgroup

Sep 1

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.

Essex Preschool Playgroup

Sep 1

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children age three 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 Essex BBF town coordinator Danielle 878-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

 

Saxtons River Playgroup

Sep 1

Come on over for crafts, activities and to play! Check out this Facebook page to learn more including a bus ride to the play group! Call Molly 802-376-6204 with any questions.

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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

Burlington Playgroup

Sep 1

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.

Essex Preschool Playgroup

Sep 1

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children age three 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 Essex BBF town coordinator Danielle 878-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

 

South Burlington Playgroup

Sep 1

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 South Burlington BBF town coordinator Colleen 489-0410, SBurlFC@gmail.com

Burlington Music and Literacy events

Sep 1

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Fletcher Free Library offers daily free activities for children and their caregivers:

Stories with Megan -Mondays 11-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Free. Ages 2-5 years.

Spanish Musical Kids – Tuesdays 11:00-11:45 a.m. Hola Amigos! Vengan a cantar y aprender! Share Constancia’s love of Spanish in a program of Latin American songs and games. Free. Ages 1-5 years.

Music with Robert. Fridays 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages.

Check www.fletcherfree.org for the monthly schedule.

Essex Baby Playgroup

Sep 1

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with babies birth to 18 months. 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.

For more information, please contact Essex BBF town coordinator Danielle at 876-7555, bbfessexvt@gmail.com

 

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Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Sep 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

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Sep 12

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!

Oct 1

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!

Oct 10

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!

Nov 5

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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Introduction to TS Gold

Sep 12

This two -part training provides a thorough introduction to TS Gold.

Sept. 12- Part 1

Sept. 26-Part 2

8:30-3:30 at Counseling Service of Adison County (Catamount Park, Middlebury)

Click here to register.

Trainer: Linda January

Introduction to TS Gold Part 2

Sep 26

This two -part training provides a thorough introduction to TS Gold.

Sept. 12- Part 1

Sept. 26-Part 2

8:30-3:30 at Counseling Service of Adison County (Catamount Park, Middlebury)

Click here to register.

Trainer: Linda January

TS Gold Step 2 Training

Oct 10

TS Gold: Step 2:  Analyze and Respond

Click here to register.

8:30-3:30

Trainer: Linda January

TS Gold: Step 3: Evaluate

Oct 24

TS Gold Step 3: Evaluate

8:30-3:30

Trainer: Linda January

Click here to register.

TS Gold: Step 4: Summarizing Assessment Information, Using It to Plan, and Sharing It With Others

Nov 7

TS Gold: Step 4: Summarizing Assessment Information, Using It to Plan, and Sharing It With Others

8:30-3:30

Trainer: Linda January

 

Click here to register.

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

CVBBF Regional Council Meeting

Sep 11

The Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council meets once per month from September through June of each year. Each council meeting includes presentations about events, organizations or activities that are relevant to the world of early childhood and includes opportunities for networking and connection. Council meetings are free and open to the public — please email Becky at braymond@buildingbrightfutures.org to RSVP so we have enough materials for all participants.

CVBBF Regional Council Meeting

Oct 9

The Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council meets once per month from September through June of each year. Each council meeting includes presentations about events, organizations or activities that are relevant to the world of early childhood and includes opportunities for networking and connection. Council meetings are free and open to the public — please email Becky at braymond@buildingbrightfutures.org to RSVP so we have enough materials for all participants.

CVBBF Regional Council Meeting

Nov 13

The Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council meets once per month from September through June of each year. Each council meeting includes presentations about events, organizations or activities that are relevant to the world of early childhood and includes opportunities for networking and connection. Council meetings are free and open to the public — please email Becky at braymond@buildingbrightfutures.org to RSVP so we have enough materials for all participants.

CVBBF Regional Council Meeting

Dec 11

The Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council meets once per month from September through June of each year. Each council meeting includes presentations about events, organizations or activities that are relevant to the world of early childhood and includes opportunities for networking and connection. Council meetings are free and open to the public — please email Becky at braymond@buildingbrightfutures.org to RSVP so we have enough materials for all participants.

CVBBF Regional Council Meeting

Jan 8

The Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council meets once per month from September through June of each year. Each council meeting includes presentations about events, organizations or activities that are relevant to the world of early childhood and includes opportunities for networking and connection. Council meetings are free and open to the public — please email Becky at braymond@buildingbrightfutures.org to RSVP so we have enough materials for all participants.

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Aug 31

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

Aug 31

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

Sep 1

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

Sep 1

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

Sep 1

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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Mount Holly Playgroup

Sep 1

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

Sep 2

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

Sep 3

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

Sep 4

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

Sep 8

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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Saxtons River Playgroup

Sep 1

Come on over for crafts, activities and to play! Check out this Facebook page to learn more including a bus ride to the play group! Call Molly 802-376-6204 with any questions.

Bellows Falls Play Group

Sep 2

Come join the fun! Healthy snack served. Check out this Facebook page to learn more including a bus ride to the play group! Call Molly 802-376-6204 with any questions.

Windsor Preschool Story Time

Sep 2

Caregivers and their children are welcome as we share stories, songs, and crafts at the Windsor Public Library

Wilder Memorial Library Story Hour

Sep 2

Come and enjoy a story hour with friends at the Wilder Memorial Library! Call (802) 824-4307 for more information.

Wilder Memorial Story and Craft Time

Sep 5

Take your children to a fun story hour every Saturday at the Wilder Memorial Library! There are stories and crafts. Call (802) 824-4307 for more information

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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

Bennington BBF Council - Early Childhood

Dec 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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Windham County Parent Resource Calendar Kickoff

Sep 25

A group of organizations have been working together to put together one place where families can go to see events, services and more.  Click here to see the calendar. There will be a resource fair and kick off event for the flyer itself.  Click to see the flyer.

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