Parenting

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The Family Center’s mission is to build resourceful families and healthy children to create a strong community.

We provide a network of care for children, families and youth that weaves together the best practices of professionals, the wisdom and experience of families, and the strengths and hopes of the community.

Our work throughout Orange County brings family support and outreach programming into homes and communities, meeting families where it is convenient and comfortable for them. Our programs connect parents with practical strategies and skills that address the full spectrum of family joys and challenges.

A network of 15 centers that help families make sure children get off to a healthy start. Services include early childhood services, home visits to families with young children, playgroups, parent education, parent support, and information and referral.

Other Local Resources

Vermont’s Child Passenger Safety Program is designed to draw attention to the importance of child safety seats and to help parents understand the 4 Stages of Seat Safety that every child progresses through. See which stage your child is in below and find out how to buckle your kids in their car or booster seat safely. Certified safety technicians are available to help you at free special Child Safety Seat Checks and Fitting Stations throughout Vermont. We also run Traveling Safety Seat Inspections – find out when we will be in your area!

The Children’s Room is non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve all families with young children in Central Vermont communities by providing information and support in order to increase parenting knowledge and caregiving skills. The Room is also a fun and safe place to play.

The mission of Good Beginnings is to ensure that every baby in our local community enjoys a “good beginning.” We provide volunteers that visit families with new babies free of charge and lend a helping hand with whatever the family might need.

HMG VT addresses families’ concerns and questions about their child’s behavior, development, and learning and connects them to community resources. By strengthening protective factors in families, HMG VT supports parents and caregivers to better understand and promote their child’s social and emotional well-being.

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Kids VT is Vermont’s only parenting magazine, a reliable resource for family-friendly events, activities, camps and classes since 1994. Find tips on health, fitness, food, shopping, books, crafts and more. Our free, monthly magazine is available at more than 600 locations in northern and central Vermont.

Improving the lives of moms and their families through support, education, communication and advocacy.

Find a parenting class that’s right for you!

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont promotes and supports healthy relationships within families, schools and communities to eliminate child abuse.

This booklet provides some tips and a Resource Directory of support services organized by county. Included are sections on the growth and developmental stages of children, information for helping parents deal with stress, and child safety tips for when you and your child are apart. There are several keys to surviving parenthood — one is information, another is support. This booklet is designed to provide you with some good strategies to help you along the way and the names of organizations that have support and caring to offer.

The Pathways Vermont Support Line is a free, confidential resource for Vermonters seeking support. We provide nonjudgmental, peer-to-peer support by phone. Call us! Our line is open every day from 3:00 pm to 6:00 am. Give us a call at (833) VT-TALKS / (833) 888-2557.

Child Development Research and Best Practices

A research institution that leverages rapidly growing knowledge about the developing brain to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.

Parenting Counts is the research-based family of products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially- and emotionally-healthy children.

Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building the five protective factors.

A national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.

Online Resources We Like

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Kids in the House is a website that provides advice and information on topics such as parenting, pregnancy, raising babies, toddlers, children, and teenagers. It features the biggest video library of expert advice for parents on the internet.

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

Vroom turns shared moments into brain building  moments. Whether it’s  mealtime,  bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.

Online Parenting Communities

A place for parents to share information about raising their children. A place free of judgment and full of wisdom, a new forum to compliment the mama says online forum: mamasaysvermont.org

The goal of this blog is for parents to find a way to be gracious and loving with their own beautifully imperfect parenting and click away with a smile on their face ready to face the next giggle, mess or challenge that their family might throw at them!

This blog offers stories of parenting, mothering and even adventurous and off the cuff ideas for vacationing for free. From tips for dealing with a anxious child to helping a child feel more confident, the writer has a way of giving tips while also sharing her wit and humor.

This group is a place for parents of kids of all ages to find out about local events, ask for advice, share recommendations and more. We welcome people in and around Vermont, and those visiting!

Making everyday moments into creative adventures, Let’s Lasso the Moon’s easy to use web and social media platforms are chock full of parenting inspiration, down to earth narratives, and thought-provoking articles that will help parents feel less isolated in their journey.  

This blog features experiences, products, and activities that encourage joyful family bonding, create fun learning opportunities, inspire positive sibling relationships, and build happy, healthy, connected families.

Activities, parenting tips, and resources that are “not just cute” but have value and objectives. Blog posts are written by an early childhood educator that applies her knowledge of educating young children to parenting. Thoughtful and well-articulated parenting advice including “Developmentally Appropriate Practice” and “The Myth of Perfect Parenting.”

A blog by Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. A mom, a pediatrician, and her insights about keeping your kids healthy.

Simplicity Parenting Groups and coaching in Vermont.

Toddler Approved is a resource for parents and teachers of young children that helps foster a love of learning at an early age. Toddler Approved primarily shares activities for children ages 0-6 but many of our activities can be adapted for older or younger children.