Celebrate the Month of the Young Child

The Month of the Young Child provides an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the value of early learning and to show appreciation for those who promote children's strengths through nurturing relationships and the cultivation of creative spirits.

Co-sponsors Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont, Windham Child Care Association and the Early Childhood Educators' Network of Southeastern Vermont invite the community to a month of creative, inspiring and fun activities for children and their families.

Many local individuals and organizations have partnered with the co-sponsors to celebrate the importance of quality early childhood programs in our area including Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department, Brooks Memorial Library, Hilltop Montessori, KidsPLAYce, Neighborhood Schoolhouse, New England Center for Circus Arts, Parent Express, River Gallery School of Art

River Garden, Rona Leventhal, Steve Leichach, Winston Prouty Center for Child Development and Zephyr Designs

All events are free and open to the public, although some have limited space and require advanced registration.

For more information, contact Sarah DiNicola at sarah@windhamchildcare.org or 802-254-5332, extension 310.

Month of the Young Child Events:

Parent/Tot Circus Class: Sunday, April 1, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 1.5-4 years; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 5-8, New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro. Kids and parents can have a fun family activity day at the circus! Space is limited; register in advance by calling 802-254-9780. All participants require a signed waiver by parent/guardian, available at www.necenterforcircusarts.org, which should be brought to the event.

Movin’ Into Music – Music & Movement For Toddlers and Preschoolers: Thursday, April 5, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro. Come sing, dance, clap, tap and make believe! A fun-filled 45-minute class for children 1-5 years and their caregivers with Annie Frelich – one half of the popular duet The Annies. Space is limited; register by calling 802-387-4710.

Young Children's Art Exhibit: Friday, April 6, 5 to 7 p.m., River Garden, Brattleboro. Children and families can view the work of the community’s youngest artists at the eighth annual Young Children’s Art Exhibit. Early childhood educators will display students’ artistic creations. Activities, face painting, refreshments, and information on resources and services for young children and their families will be available. The exhibit will be on display for the month of April.

Music for Little Ones: Rhythm, rhyme and movement with Stephen Coronella. Saturday, April 7, 11 to 11:45 a.m., Putney Library Children’s Room, Putney. A combination of songs, stories and games performed with guitar, flutes and hand drums for children ages newborn to 6. Information: 802-387-4407.

Teaching Creatures with Rae Griffiths: Wednesday, April 11, two sessions at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Hilltop Montessori School, Brattleboro. Join Griffiths for "Story Stars," a unique storytime nature program for young children with children's books and a teaching presentation of the two animal stars: a blue-tongued skink and ball python. Limited space; registration required by calling 802-257-0500, extension 102.

Free day at KidsPLAYce! Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Elliot St, Brattleboro. KidsPLAYce, an indoor play/activity center in downtown Brattleboro, will open its doors with free admission. Membership discounts available. Information: 802-254-5212.

Exploration in ART workshop: Saturday, April 14, 1 to 3 p.m., River Gallery School, Brattleboro. Workshop for the young artist, scientist and explorer to get messy and experiment! For ages 4-6; registration required by April 9 by calling 802-257-1577.

Lady Bug Tea Party: hosted by Brattleboro Food Co-op, Tuesday, April 24, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Brattleboro Savings & Loan Community Room, Brattleboro. Bring a favorite stuffed animal to join the tea party fun! Children under age 6 with an accompanying adult are invited to stop by at any time to a read aloud, snacks and a visit with the lady bugs and tea party friends. Please park outside of bank parking lot. Information: Meredith at 802-254-3267.

Fun, Frolic and Fancy: Stories for Families to Share with Rona Leventhal: Friday, April 20, 6 to 7 p.m. Neighbors Hall, Neighborhood Schoolhouse, Brattleboro. Rona Leventhal is one person with many voices who will have families dancing, making funny noises, singing and laughing as she shares stories. Information: 802-254-5332, extension 310.

Steve Leichach Drumming: Saturday, April 21, 10:30 a.m., Timson Hill Preschool, Williamsville. Drumming and music for children of all ages. Information: 802-348-6319.

Parent/Tot Open Gym: Monday, April 23, and Thursday, April 26, 10 to 11:45 a.m., Gibson Aiken Center Gymnasium, Brattleboro. An informal play group that meets twice a week to connect families in the community while children play in a big open space. Children must be supervised. Information: Jessy, 802-254-5808.

Book reading by Children’s Author/Illustrator Barbara McClintock: Wednesday, April 25, 10:30 a.m., Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro. The Children’s Room will host a book reading by Barbara McClintock (www.barbaramcclintockbooks.com). Information: 802-254-5290, extension 110.

Super Bike and Fun Day: Friday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Living Memorial Park, Brattleboro. Children bring their bikes for a morning of activities including a bike rodeo. Helmets required. Brattleboro police will provide safety information. The first 100 children will receive a free bike helmet courtesy of the Kiwanis Club. Information: 802-254-5808.

Early Learning Express Kick-off: Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Living Memorial Park, upper parking lot, Brattleboro. The Early Learning Express (formerly known as the Bookmobile) will hit the road for the first time as part of Windham Child Care Association. See the new design, meet driver Emily Walsh, hear a story and enjoy a craft activity. All children will receive a new book. Information: 802-254-5332.

Story and Snack: Fridays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., KidsPLAYce, Elliot St., Brattleboro. Hosted by Brattleboro Food Co-op. Story time begins at 10:30 and snack is offered shortly after. An engaging and educational activity for parents and children. Information: 802-254-5212.

Children’s Story Exhibit: Ongoing throughout April in the Children’s Room, Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro. See the imaginatively illustrated stories that young students in the community’s early education programs have created.