Dine to Donate! Vermont Family Network’s 4th Annual Valentine’s Fundraiser! (2/1-2/15)

February 1-15, 2015 Make a difference and help change the lives of children with special needs in Vermont – just by eating! Every year, VFN partners with restaurants around Vermont for the first two weeks of February. The participating restaurants donate proceeds from a specified appetizer, entrée, dessert, or bottle of wine that is sold during […]

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Webinar: De-Escalation Strategies 2/18

What Do I Do Now? Strategies to De-Escalate Challenging Behaviors that can Lead to Crisis. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10-11am. Register now. This webinar will provide useful adult responses that can help prevent and manage acting-out behaviors to avoid crises. Included will be strategies for managing your own feelings and behavior when caring for children with […]

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Professional Development Opportunity – Early Childhood Leadership Institute Accepting Applications!  

The Snelling Center for Government is launching a new program called the Early Childhood Leadership Institute. ECLI is envisioned as a means to equip a broad coalition of families, policy makers, parents, educators and people from every sector with the knowledge, motivation, and interpersonal skills to collaborate toward realizing the promise of every Vermont child. We hope […]

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Pre-K Law/ Act 166

What is new in Vermont for children who are Pre-K? Vermont’s new universal Pre-K, law, Act 166 provides publicly funded pre-k for 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for all 3, 4 and 5 year-olds not already enrolled in kindergarten. The original implementation date was July 1, 2015, but school districts now have the option to […]

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Webinar: Learning Disabilities 2/11

Understanding Learning Disabilities Today! Wednesday, February 11, 10-11am. Register now. This webinar will address the following questions: What is the current state of Learning Disabilities? What are common types and characteristics of learning disabilities? How does the school environment impact a student with a learning disability and what helps a student learn? How can parents help […]

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2015 Annual Conference Details

Vermont Family Network’s annual conference for families and professionals caring for children with special needs is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Hilton in Burlington. This year’s conference theme is “Inspire ~ Connect ~ Lead” and Dr. Patricia Prelock will be the keynote speaker. Our day-long conference hosts more than 300 attendees and […]

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Webinar: Advocating for Your Child 1/14

Advocating for Your Child. Wednesday, January 14, 10am-11am. Register now. Parents are their children’s best advocates. What is advocacy? How do I communicate more effectively? Why is validation and effective communication so important to successful advocacy? Whether you advocate for your child’s health care, education or overall development, join this webinar for an overview of practical […]

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Webinar: Act 158 (At-Home Treatment for Autism & Other Dev. Disabilities) 1/7/15

Update on ACT 158: Accessing Treatment at Home for Your Child with Autism or other Developmental Disability. Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10am-11am. Register now. ACT 158 is Vermont’s landmark law that requires coverage of certain therapies by insurance companies and Medicaid. Although Vermont was the 20th state to pass a law requiring insurance coverage, Vermont is […]

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