20 Allen Street

Burlington, VT 05401

(802) 862-2121

Josh@thefamilyroomvt.org

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We Are

Making the World a Better Place 
One Family At A Time

Drop-In Programs

We offer 4 weekly drop-in programs.

 

Fathers And Children Together

(​FACT)

The quality of the father-child relationship matters more than the specific amount of hours spent together.

 

 

 

Non-resident fathers can have positive effects on children’s social and emotional well-being, as well as academic achievement and behavioral adjustment


MARSIGLIO, W., AMATO, P., DAY, R. D., & LAMB, M. E. (2000). SCHOLARSHIP ON FATHERHOOD IN THE 1990S AND BEYOND. JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY, 62(4), 1173-1191.

Family Play

Studies have found that families that participate together in outdoor recreation activities subsequently report more frequent family interactions, elevated levels of trust, and greater confidence to resolve family conflicts.

 


 

Huff, C., Widmer, M.A., McCoy, K., & Hill, B. (2003). The influence of challenging outdoor recreation on parent-adolescent communication. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 37(1), 18-37.

[4] Well, M.S., Widmer, M.A., & McCoy, J.K. (2004). Grubs and grasshoppers: Challenge-based recreation and the collective efficacy of families with at-risk youth. Family Relations, 53(3), 326-333.

Early Months

Some of the benefits of massage for the infant include:
 

  • It helps baby learn to relax.

  • It improves the immune system.

  • It promotes bonding and communication.

  • It decreases the production of stress hormones.

  • It promotes sounder and longer sleep.

     

Auckett, A. D. Baby Massage: Parent-Child Bonding through Touch. Reissue edition. New York, NY: Newmarket Press, 2004.

Crawlers, Waddlers & Toddlers

Make time for play.

 

As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.   

 

Laurel Bongiorno, PhD,  is the director of Champlain College’s graduate program in  early childhood education, with specializations in teaching and administration, in Burlington, Vermont. 

 

 

 

 

Enrolled Programs

Around the Table with
EFNEP / UVM Extension

4 Fun Facts about Cooking together:

 

1. You know where your ingredients come from.

2. It saves you money in the long run.

3. Create and strengthen family connections.

4. You get to practice creativity. 

Home Visiting Program
PAT - Parents As Teachers

With “beginning at the beginning” as its hallmark, Parents as Teachers is intended as a first step towards helping children become all that they can be.  The program was designed as a partnership with families, beginning prenatally and extending to age 5. It was based on these two simple truths:

  • Babies are born learners.

  • Parents play a critical role from the outset in determining what their child will become.

Coleman, M., Rowland, B., & Hutchins, B. (1997, November). Parents as teachers: Policy implications for early school intervention. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Crystal City, VA.

Fatherhood Parent Education &
Support Group

Children with actively involved fathers are 43% more likely to earn A’s in school and 33% less likely to repeat a grade than those without engaged dads.

FATHERS’ AND MOTHERS’ INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR CHILDREN’S SCHOOLS BY FAMILY TYPE AND RESIDENT STATUS. WASHINGTON, DC: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS. 2001.

 
 

Preparing for Preschool

Act 166

Preschool Enrollment

Click here for your school districts enrollment information.   If you don't see your school or have other questions: Contact Jackie Reno at 802-862-2121 

 

The Janet S. Munt Family Room Preschool Interest List
 

Please click here and complete this form to let us know that you are interested in our preschool program.

We will contact you throughout the school year as spots open up, or in March for the following school year.

 

 

Community Preschool

A preschool program for 3-5-year-olds. 
Children must be enrolled in this program to attend. 

Preschool meets 3 days a week: 
 

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays

8:15 am -12 pm

An enrolled part-time preschool that uses an emergent curriculum geared toward meeting the needs of the students and the classroom. 

We are a five-star licensed preschool. 

 

For more info, contact Jackie Reno at 862-2121.

 

Our new playground is quickly changing from a construction zone with mud pits and piles to an engaging and sculpted community play space. While we work with contractors and landscapers, we need help with the final touches:

Playground Wishlist -
 

  • swingset / swinging bench

  • slide for mound

  • fruit tree

  • compost and garden soil

  • perennials

  • large flat field stone for our top trim of stage.

  • a playground storage container.

     

Let us know if you are able to sponsor any these features and we can share the details of measurements and other specifications!

 

Special thanks to the following who have already contributed:
 
Champlain Housing Trust, J A Morrisey, Whitcomb's Quarry, Barrett Trucking Co, Burlington Parks
and Rec, Horsford Nursery.

What you see: 

Path for wheelchair accessibility. 

Mound for climbing. This is where we will add the slide too! 

Rock for climbing & loose parts for playing! 

 

Family Supper 2017