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We had a wonderful time today during Mom’s Matter.

One of our regular participants, Parmin, offered Henna Tattoos to everyone that attended!

A Henna Tattoo is a temporary body art design created using a dye which is made from the henna plant. Today, Parmin used beautiful stencils, and had a variety of sizes, including some for children!

They came out absolutely beautiful!

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Amazing!

How cool!! Love the pics!

Wow! What fun 🤩

The Family Center is happy to announce the following:

The Vermont Parent Child Center Network (VPCCN) has hired their first Director, Ellen Amstutz, MSW, PhD.

Amstutz’s extensive career has been devoted to mission-driven social services for those most in need, including families with children. She brings a range of management, leadership, collaboration and strategic planning skills with a proven track record of providing effective, strength-based services, and advocating for equitable government policies.

“I have been seeking to pivot my career to Vermont where I have enjoyed having a home for over 30 years and now spend increasing amounts of time as a hybrid remote/in person worker [based out of New York City, NY]... I am excited about the role of Network Director and how my skills and experience can build upon the Network’s goal of strengthening services for children and families across the state of Vermont.”

The Vermont Parent Child Center Network (VPCCN) serves as a connecting entity that provides leadership, advocacy and collaboration to support all 15 parent child centers across the state of Vermont. The VPCCN has been strategically developing their structure for several years with the goal to strengthen their impact through the parent child centers with a shared vision, philosophy, and purpose through the delivery of their eight Core Services: Parent Education, Family Support, Home Visits, Early Childhood Services, On-site Concrete Family Supports, Play Groups, Community Development, and Information & Referral. For more information, please visit vtparentchildcenternetwork.org/

Ellen Amstutz, MSW, PhD begins her work as the Network Director of the Vermont Parent Child Center Network on August 1, 2024.
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The Family Center is happy to announce the following:

The Vermont Parent Child Center Network (VPCCN) has hired their first Director, Ellen Amstutz, MSW, PhD.

Amstutz’s extensive career has been devoted to mission-driven social services for those most in need, including families with children. She brings a range of management, leadership, collaboration and strategic planning skills with a proven track record of providing effective, strength-based services, and advocating for equitable government policies.

“I have been seeking to pivot my career to Vermont where I have enjoyed having a home for over 30 years and now spend increasing amounts of time as a hybrid remote/in person worker [based out of New York City, NY]... I am excited about the role of Network Director and how my skills and experience can build upon the Network’s goal of strengthening services for children and families across the state of Vermont.”

The Vermont Parent Child Center Network (VPCCN) serves as a connecting entity that provides leadership, advocacy and collaboration to support all 15 parent child centers across the state of Vermont. The VPCCN has been strategically developing their structure for several years with the goal to strengthen their impact through the parent child centers with a shared vision, philosophy, and purpose through the delivery of their eight Core Services: Parent Education, Family Support, Home Visits, Early Childhood Services, On-site Concrete Family Supports, Play Groups, Community Development, and Information & Referral. For more information, please visit https://vtparentchildcenternetwork.org/

Ellen Amstutz, MSW, PhD begins her work as the Network Director of the Vermont Parent Child Center Network on August 1, 2024.

Join us today for Mom’s Matter in the Community Room from 10a-12p

We have a special opportunity for you today to get a Henna tattoo by one of our regular Tuesdays Together Participants! 🫶
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Join us today for Mom’s Matter in the Community Room from 10a-12p 

We have a special opportunity for you today to get a Henna tattoo by one of our regular Tuesdays Together Participants! 🫶

Children and their caregivers are invited to a magic show at the library this Tuesday, July 23 at 2PM in our Milne Community Room! Featuring magician Alyx Hilshey, this event is one of the highlights of our summer program! ... See MoreSee Less

Free meals are available once a mont at the Farmers Market in Northfield. The next date is Tuesday, July 30. ... See MoreSee Less

Free meals are available once a mont at the Farmers Market in Northfield. The next date is Tuesday, July 30.

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Sharing from one of our community partners, Turning Point Center of Central VT:

‼️Reminder‼️ Summer Meal Boxes are available today 7/22 for children 18 and under at the Family Center of Washington County. 1130am-2pm*.

No registration requirements.
*or until supplies last! It is recommended to get here on the early end if you’re able.

Last Summer Meal Box Distribution at our location will be Monday, August 12.
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Free 7-day summer meal boxes are available to all children 18 and under thanks to a partnership between the Essex Westford School District and Hunger Free Vermont! Pick up in Montpelier at the Family Center of Washington County Vermont on Mondays between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm starting June 24th OR pick up in Roxbury at Roxbury Village School on Wednesdays between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm starting June 26th. No registration is required.

Boxes will contain seven breakfasts and seven lunches and include foods like cereal, muffins, bagels, wraps, deli meats and cheese, nut butter, whole cucumbers, baby carrots, apples, raisins, and cantaloupe. Each box will also contain a gallon of milk. Please visit www.mrpsvt.org/summer-meals for all the details! #mrpsvt #vted #summermeals
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‼️Reminder‼️ Summer Meal Boxes are available today 7/22 for children 18 and under at the Family Center of Washington County. 1130am-2pm*. 

No registration requirements.
*or until supplies last! It is recommended to get here on the early end if you’re able. 

Last Summer Meal Box Distribution at our location will be Monday, August 12. 
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Free 7-day summer meal boxes are available to all children 18 and under thanks to a partnership between the Essex Westford School District and Hunger Free Vermont! Pick up in Montpelier at the Family Center of Washington County Vermont on Mondays between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm starting June 24th OR pick up in Roxbury at Roxbury Village School on Wednesdays between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm starting June 26th. No registration is required. 

Boxes will contain seven breakfasts and seven lunches and include foods like cereal, muffins, bagels, wraps, deli meats and cheese, nut butter, whole cucumbers, baby carrots, apples, raisins, and cantaloupe. Each box will also contain a gallon of milk. Please visit www.mrpsvt.org/summer-meals for all the details! #mrpsvt #vted #summermealsImage attachment

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Join Kayla & Heidi outside on the playground for Saturday Morning Playgroup, tomorrow 7/20!

10-11:30a - snack served at 11! 🍉 🧃

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Join Kayla & Heidi outside on the playground for Saturday Morning Playgroup, tomorrow 7/20! 

10-11:30a - snack served at 11! 🍉 🧃 

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            FCWC Playgroup Schedules

                                    2024 Playgroup Schedule

                     Wednesdays at the Aldrich Public Library

                                   in Barre from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

                                    

 

                                Saturdays at the Family Center

                                       in Montpelier from 10:00-11:30 a.m.   

                                       

                           

                                Thursdays at the Family Center

                                       in Montpelier from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

                                       

                       Thursdays at the Family Center in Montpelier or 

            The Children’s Room in Waterbury from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

                                           

                                                                                            

 Workshops for Parents & Caregivers 

          

Contact [email protected] to learn more!

 

Support Group for Women

 

 

         

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

2023 Family Center Newsletters

Dec. 21, 2023 December Delights

Nov. 28, 2023 Giving Tuesday

Oct. 17, 2023 Harvest Happenings

Sept. 22, 2023 Fantastic Fall

July 18, 2023 Summer Connections

June 21, 2013 Joyous June

May 15, 2023 May Messages & Happy Mothers Day

April 20, 2023 April Activities & Announcements

March 14, 2023  March Musings

February 21, 2023  February Feature

January 20, 2023  See What’s New in 2023

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