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Yesterday at their September meeting, the Building Bright Futures State Advisory Council members heard from Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner, VT Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and BBF Regional Coordinators Dawn Powers (Caledonia & Southern Essex Building Bright Futures) and Robin Stomgren (Bennington Building Bright Futures) about the impact of the substance use and opiate epidemic upon Vermont's children and families. Kathleen Paterson of BBF's Vermont Insights, shared data snapshots on the trends of opiate use, (and alcohol and tobacco use) in the general population, treatment and recovery data, and child, parent and family well-being outcomes. The State Advisory Council will revisit this crucial topic at their November 2016 meeting. ... See MoreSee Less

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Welcome to the newest member of our State Advisory Council, Chloe Learey! Chloe has been the Executive Director of the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development since July 2007, and was a “Prouty Parent” for 5 years previously. She graduated from Boston University in 2000 with a dual degree MBA/ MPH, focusing on Healthcare Management. After 2 years working at the Brattleboro Retreat as a Data Analyst she became Director of Operations at Monadnock Developmental Services in Keene, NH. She is dedicated to creating communities where everyone is valued and has a chance to develop and contribute their gifts. Visit our website for more information about the BBF State Advisory Council: buildingbrightfutures.org/governance/state-advisory-council/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Long before they're capable of the spoken word, babies naturally use gestures to communicate. In our latest guest blog, a local speech language pathologist and early childhood special educator writes ...

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About 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the United States has obesity and certain groups of children are more affected than others, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Visit the CDC website to learn about ways to prevent and address this serious health concern: www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Statewide Events

Fairfax Community Playgroup

Sep 30

9:00-10:00 Every Other Friday starting October 2 in the BFA Fairfax Pre-School Classroom

Springfield Play Group

Sep 30

Come to playgroup with your children at the Parks and Recreation Department.

Brattleboro Playgroup

Sep 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

 

Chelsea Playgroup

Sep 30

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

Colchester Playgroup

Sep 30

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 bring a snack. Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session. No playgroups 10/21, 11/23, or 11/25.

For more information or directions, please contact Colchester town coordinator Kristin at kroy@colchestervt.gov, 802-316-2918.

Rutland City Playgroup

Sep 30

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

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Franklin Grand Isle – Playgroups & Events

Fairfax Community Playgroup

Sep 30

9:00-10:00 Every Other Friday starting October 2 in the BFA Fairfax Pre-School Classroom

Montgomery Tumble Time

Sep 30

Friday at 10:00-11:00 am during the school year.

Fairfax Open Tot Gym/ Infant and Parent Playtime

Oct 1

Open Tot Gym/ Infant and Parent Playtime
9:00-10:30 Saturday Mornings beginning on November 7
In the BFA-Fairfax Elementary Gym

Montgomery Little Explorers outdoor playgroup

Oct 4

Little Explorers outdoor playgroup meets at the Montgomery Recreation Center Tuesday from 10-11:30 am.

Story Time at Fairfax Library

Oct 4

Co-Sponsored by the Fairfax Community Library

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Story Hour at the Glover Library

Sep 30

Attend Story Hour at the Glover Library at 10:00 am on Fridays

Story Hour in Orleans

Oct 3

Visit the Jones Memorial Library for Story Hour on Monday at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm

Attend Story Hour in Derby

Oct 4

Visit the Dailey Memorial Library for Story Hour on Tuesdays at 10:30 am

Story Hour in Newport

Oct 5

Visit the Goodrich Memorial Library for a Preschool Story Hour every Wednesday at 10:30

Story Hour at the Barton Public Library

Oct 5

Attend Story Hour at the Barton Library at 11:00 am or 4:00 pm on Wednesdays.

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

Colchester Playgroup

Sep 30

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 bring a snack. Playgroups do not meet when school is not in session. No playgroups 10/21, 11/23, or 11/25.

For more information or directions, please contact Colchester town coordinator Kristin at kroy@colchestervt.gov, 802-316-2918.

Underhill Playgroup

Sep 30

 

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 Chittenden East Supervisory Union schools are not in session. 

For more information, please contact Underhill BBF town coordinator Heather 802-899-4415, underhillplaygroup@yahoo.com.

Williston Playgroup

Sep 30

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 schools are not in session. 

For more information, please contact Williston BBF town coordinator Danielle 802-272-6509, bbfwilliston@gmail.com.

Huntington Playgroup

Sep 30

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 Chittenden East Supervisory Union schools are not in session. 

For more information, please contact Huntington BBF town coordinator Heather 802-899-4415, underhillplaygroup@yahoo.com

 

Burlington Music and Literacy events

Sep 30

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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.

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Oct 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!

Oct 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!

Nov 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!

Nov 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!

Dec 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

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

St. Johnsbury Story Time

Sep 30

St. Johnsbury Story Time
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum -Children’s Library
Fridays @ 10:30AM ( Birth to age 4)
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8291
Read Books Online: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

Barnet Story Time

Oct 1

Barnet Public Library
Saturdays 10:30-11:30 am (stories and craft)
147 Church Street, Barnet, VT
Phone: (802) 633-4436
Website: http://barnetpubliclibrary.com/

Early Head Start Playgroup

Oct 4

Early Head Start Play Group – St. Johnsbury
Tuesdays 9:30- 11 Thursdays 9:30-11
NEKCA: Parent Child Center
115 Lincoln Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6040

Lyndonville Story Time

Oct 4

Lyndonville Story Time
Cobleigh Public Library
Tuesdays 10:00 am (Birth- Age 5)
Wednesdays 10:30 am (Birth -Age 5)
14 Depot Street
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-5475
Website: http://cobleighlibrary.org/main/

Danville Story Time

Oct 5

Danville Story Time
Pope Memorial Library
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.
121 Park Street, Danville, VT 05828
(802) 684-2256

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 5

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 12

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 19

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 26

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Nov 2

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

Chelsea Playgroup

Sep 30

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

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Oct 3

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

Oct 3

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

Oct 4

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

Oct 4

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

 

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Rutland City Playgroup

Sep 30

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

Mount Holly Playgroup

Oct 4

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

 

Castleton Playgroup

Oct 5

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

Pittsford Playgroup

Oct 6

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

Rutland City Playgroup

Oct 7

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity 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, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

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Springfield Play Group

Sep 30

Come to playgroup with your children at the Parks and Recreation Department.

Story Time- Whiting Library Chester

Sep 30

Come and listen to a story ever Friday with your children.  Call 802-875-2277 for more information.

Story Time Weathersfield Proctor Library

Oct 1

Come join us for story time with your friends!  Call (802) 674-2863 for more information

Playgroup- Rockingham Free Public Library

Oct 3

Parents and Caregivers with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to spend a morning in the Library’s playroom every Monday morning.

Preschool Story Time - Rockingham

Oct 4

Stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, and activities! Your child will have fun while developing early literacy skills.

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Readsboro Playgroup

Sep 30

A break from Cabin Fever
Friday’s 10am to 11:30 am
Call Frances 423-5100

Playgroup at Bennington Early Childhood Center

Sep 30

Playgroup at Bennington Early Childhood Center
Harwood Hill Bennington
Contact Alyson at 447-1093

Monday Playgroup

Oct 3

Monday Playgroup at Bennington Free Library
Open to all children and families infants to age 6
Sponsored by SVMC, BBF and Early Intervention
10:30 to noon

Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Oct 3

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

Head Start Playgroup

Oct 4

Playgroup at Head Start North Bennington
Tuesday’s 9 am to 10:30 am
Contact Beth 442-3686

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Brattleboro Playgroup

Sep 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

Sep 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

Jacksonville StoryTime

Oct 3

*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

Oct 3

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)

Oct 3

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.

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