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❤️Dabble Day is this week! Saturday! SO MUCH FUN😃 We will be there with Playgroup! Saturday Morning Playgroup on Feb 4th will be in Barre at Dabble Day👍 Thanks for sharing this amazing flyer, Aldrich Public Library! ... See MoreSee Less

❤️Dabble Day is this week! Saturday! SO MUCH FUN😃 We will be there with Playgroup! Saturday Morning Playgroup on Feb 4th will be in Barre at Dabble Day👍 Thanks for sharing this amazing flyer, Aldrich Public Library!

Whoo hoo! Tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

Whoo hoo! Tomorrow!

The Family Center will close at 11:45 a.m. today, Jan. 27, for an All Staff Meeting. The Community Outreach Building will reopen by 3 p.m. ... See MoreSee Less

Huge shout out of congratulations to Gwen Schuyler, Family Resource and Outreach Coordinator at the Family Center, for her election as the new President of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce! Way to go, Gwen! ❤

They are lucky to have your leadership! We benefit from the leadership you offer the Family Center every day, which is the perfect blend of community, service & business.
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Huge shout out of congratulations to Gwen Schuyler, Family Resource and Outreach Coordinator at the Family Center, for her election as the new President of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce! Way to go, Gwen! ❤

They are lucky to have your leadership! We benefit from the leadership you offer the Family Center every day, which is the perfect blend of community, service & business.Image attachment

The Family Center Early Childhood Program is closed today, Jan. 26, due to hazardous road conditions in the area. If you must go out, please be careful of icy walkways, parking lots and roads depending on where you live. ... See MoreSee Less

Check this Facebook page tomorrow in case the storm ❄️❄️we're getting messes up the fun! Fingers crossed🤞 it's passed through by tomorrow evening! ... See MoreSee Less

Check this Facebook page tomorrow in case the storm ❄️❄️were getting messes up the fun! Fingers crossed🤞 its passed through by tomorrow evening!

❄️Hurray, the weather is going to cooperate for this super fun Saturday Playgroup Special 🛷Sledding Event!❄️ ... See MoreSee Less

❄️Hurray, the weather is going to cooperate for this super fun Saturday Playgroup Special 🛷Sledding Event!❄️

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Tomorrow!

The Family Center of Washington County Vermont participated in this past Thursday's Homelessness Awareness Day at the State House in Montpelier. Members of our Housing Team were there -Kathi, Shana, Kylie, Roger and Lisa. Kathi Partlow, Housing and Community Development Manager at the Family Center, did an amazing job testifying in the House Committee on Human Services!

Claire Kendall, Co-Executive Director at the Family Center, wrote an email to staff about this event ~ "It was so moving hearing testimonials from folks in our community with lived experience and the indignity and inhumanity and stigma that goes along with the experience of not being housed…I was so moved by the courage of those who spoke…and I am so grateful for the life changing work our Housing Team does with families each day who are living this experience."❤

Thank you to Ken Russell from Another Way for the photos.🙏
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The Family Center of Washington County Vermont  participated in this past Thursdays Homelessness Awareness Day at the State House in Montpelier. Members of our Housing Team were there -Kathi, Shana, Kylie, Roger and Lisa. Kathi Partlow, Housing and Community Development Manager at the Family Center, did an amazing job testifying in the House Committee on Human Services!  

Claire Kendall, Co-Executive Director at the Family Center, wrote an email to staff about this event ~ It was so moving hearing testimonials from folks in our community with lived experience and the indignity and inhumanity and stigma that goes along with the experience of not being housed…I was so moved by the courage of those who spoke…and I am so grateful for the life changing work our Housing Team does with families each day who are living this experience.❤

Thank you to Ken Russell from  Another Way  for the photos.🙏Image attachmentImage attachment

🐧Thanks for this advice from Vermont Department of Health!
Walking on ice is dangerous, but you can get great tips from the experts — penguins!
Find more winter safety tips at www.healthvermont.gov/environment/climate/winter-weather
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🐧Thanks for this advice from Vermont Department of Health!
Walking on ice is dangerous, but you can get great tips from the experts — penguins! 
Find more winter safety tips at https://www.healthvermont.gov/environment/climate/winter-weather
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            FCWC Playgroup Schedules

                                    2023 Playgroup Schedule

                Three Playgroups a week! 

 

                                              

                                  Wednesdays at the Aldrich Public Library

                                         in Barre from 10:00-11:00 am

                                    

Thursdays at the Family Center in Montpelier 5:00-6:30

                                   

Saturdays at the Family Center in

               Montpelier from 10:00-11:30 am

                                   

                   

                             

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    Contact [email protected] to learn more!

              

     

     

    RESOURCES

     

    Good Resource for Families

    Check out our local partners’ opportunities for families!

    All Brains Belong VT is a non-profit primary care and community center in Montpelier. ABB uses an inclusive design model to offer flexible, customized ways of accessing medical care and community connection. Community center events for children, adults, and families are free and open to people of all ages, including those receiving primary care elsewhere. Check out their programming!

    Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Family Support Programs The Circle of Parents Support Groups are ongoing! New  parenting classes at regular intervals! Check out the website! To enroll or join their wait list, please email [email protected]

    Good Beginnings of Central Vermont– View their page to see the great programming available! 

    Contact [email protected] or 802-595-7953 for information. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook!

    Check out other local events: https://www.goodbeginningscentralvt.org/events/

    The Children’s Room The Children’s Room supports families with young children by providing a space to build an informal network of peers, access local resources, and the ability to visit a free, fun and safe place to socialize! See their Facebook page for updates!

    See their calendar of events: http://www.childrensroomonline.org/calendar.html

     

    Additional Resources:

    Find Vermont Libraries | Department of LibrariesFind your local library and see what’s new for the fall for children and youth and their families!

    How To Talk so Little Kids Will Listen Podcasts, parent education, and answers to reader questions!

    Center on the Developing Child at Harvard abundant article, videos, podcasts and more!

    American Academy of Pediatrics resources for health and more!

    The AAP Parenting Website additional information specifically for parents, broken down by age groups.

    Zero To Three videos and articles for parents of young children!

    Vroom  Vroom believes all parents want what’s best for their children. So we joined with scientists, researchers, and parents to take the science out of the lab and put it in the hands of caregivers. Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®.

    Washington County Mental Health Services Provides services for all ages and provides supports to families through their Children, Youth & Family program. Children, Youth & Family Programs encompass a wide variety of office and community-based services, as well as school and home-based services for children and their families living with mental illness. Services are available to expectant mothers and parents up to and including youth who are 22 years of ageWCMH is available 24/7 at 802-229-0591 to help if you’re in crisis.

    Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice is a full service, not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Association committed to providing high quality, medically-necessary home health and hospice care to all central Vermonters, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In addition, we promote the general welfare of all central Vermonters with health promotion, long term care, and maternal-and-child health services.

    Help Me Grow Vermont The goal of Help Me Grow Vermont is to create strong families, which helps promote healthy child development, and ensure that all children reach their greatest potential.

    Vermont Foodbank  find local resources and donate to help others.

    Hunger Free Vermont  working to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Food resources for you! Advocacy opportunities. See this resource Stretch Your Budget with Vermont Food Programs

    Vermont Everyone Eats  Vermont Everyone Eats has been contracted to continue services! 

    Food Pantries via 2-1-1 The Vermont 2-1-1 database is updated on a regular basis. However, since information can change at any time it may be a good idea to telephone the service provider for details.

    Vermont Home Owner Assistance Program – VHFA is now accepting applications for the Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP). Eligible Vermont homeowners will be awarded grants for the purpose of preventing home foreclosure and homeowner displacement. This can include assistance with overdue mortgage payments, homeowners’ association fees, property taxes and utilities.

     

     

     

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    2023 Family Center Newsletters

    January 18, 2023 January New Year, New Happenings

    2022 Family Center Newsletters

    December 15, 2022 December Delights!

    November 29, 2022 GivingTuesday

    November 16, 2022 Issue Thankful November!

    October 19, 2022 Issue October Is Not Spooky!

    September 22, 2022 Issue September News and Summer Catch Up!

    June 15, 2022 Issue June Joys!

    May 11, 2022 Issue May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    April 13, 2022 Issue April Celebrations

    March 9, 2022 Issue March Mud and Maple Syrup

    February 9, 2022 Issue February Winter Wonderings and Happenings

    January 12, 2022 Issue January New Beginnings

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2021 Family Center Newsletters

    December 8, 2021: https://mailchi.mp/0a3502d52d80/december-gifts?e=076d6421b7

    November 29, 2021: https://mailchi.mp/4c8fd9618820/family-center-winter-newsletter-19142312?e=076d6421b7

    November 2021: https://mailchi.mp/b6e33a5ef482/giving-thanks-this-november?e=076d6421b7

    October 2021: https://mailchi.mp/0cad9570e9c6/october-newsletter-nothing-scary-here?e=076d6421b7

    September 2021: https://mailchi.mp/b55dd94ac7f2/help-us-keep-fellow-vermonters-and-their-babies-happy-and-healthy?e=076d6421b7

    June 11, 2021: https://mailchi.mp/94172ccbdfb2/summer-fun-and-summer-safety-tips?e=076d6421b7

    May 26, 2021: https://mailchi.mp/324638f2ca52/gardening-for-the-family?e=076d6421b7

    May 11, 2021: https://mailchi.mp/cf82a9f8e148/hope-for-housing-drive-and-toddler-tips?e=076d6421b7

    April 2021: https://mailchi.mp/f51228ef8cf8/parent-child-centers-are-making-a-difference?e=076d6421b7

    April 2021: https://mailchi.mp/80d48aaf93ba/family-center-newsletter-19116644?e=076d6421b7

    March 24, 2021: https://mailchi.mp/7fe2dfd85aa1/family-center-newsletter-18787328?e=076d6421b7

    March 2021: https://mailchi.mp/a068a03505f7/family-center-newsletter-18785428?e=8decd80783

    February 2021: https://mailchi.mp/8b7b0ee8a22f/family-center-winter-newsletter-18779660?e=076d6421b7

    January 2021: https://mailchi.mp/33820336f7bd/family-center-summer-newsletter-18775632?e=076d6421b7