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Statewide – Playgroups & Events

Fletcher Playgroup

Jan 27

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

Georgia Playgroup

Jan 27

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

The Playroom is Open

Jan 27

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 27

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

Barre City Playgroup

Jan 27

Barre City playgroup at the Universalist Church in Barre

For more information, contact Buffy at buffyb@fcwcvt.org or 262-3292

Free

Bridport Playgroup

Jan 27

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.

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Franklin Grande Isle – Playgroups & Events

Fletcher Playgroup

Jan 27

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

Georgia Playgroup

Jan 27

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

Fairfax Preschool Story Time

Jan 27

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

Highgate Story Time

Jan 27

For more information: Please contact Liza Comiskey at (802) 868-3970 or email Highgatebbf@gmail.com

Alburgh Storytime

Jan 27

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

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Dailey Memorial Library Story Hour

Jan 27

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

Playworld at Newport Municipal Building

Jan 28

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

Barton Story Hour

Jan 28

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 525-6524 for more information.

Goodrich Memorial Library Story Hour

Jan 28

Dates are subject to change, please contact (802) 334-7902 for more information.

Haskell Free Library Toddler Time

Jan 29

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

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

VNA Family Room Burlington

Jan 27

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

Jan 27

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 Richmond

Jan 28

Wednesdays, Richmond Free Library, 8:45-10:15 am, prenatal to 5 years.

Heather  899-4415, underhillplaygroup@yahoo.com.

*Playgroup follows school calendar

Playgroup Burlington

Jan 28

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

Playgroup Essex- Welcome Baby Group

Jan 28

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

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

The Playroom is Open

Jan 27

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 in Johnson - free!

Jan 27

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

Jan 27

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

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.

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

Bridport Playgroup

Jan 27

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

Jan 27

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

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

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Barre City Playgroup

Jan 27

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

Jan 27

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

Jan 28

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

Jan 28

Jaquith Public Library Playgroup in Marshfield.

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

Free.

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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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

Townsend Playgroup

Jan 27

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

Jan 27

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

Jan 27

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info.

TUESDAYS:

Guilford- Guilford 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

Jan 27

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

Jan 28

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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