Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different seats on the market, many parents find this overwhelming. If you are expectant parents, give yourselves enough time to learn how to properly install the car seat in your car before your baby is born to ensure a safe ride home from the hospital.
For all children, the type of seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size, and developmental needs.
The best car seat is not always the most expensive one - it's the one that best fits a child's weight, size, and age, as well as your vehicle. Once you select a seat, be sure to try it out, keeping in mind that store displays and illustrations might not show the correct usage. It's up to you to learn how to install a car safety seat properly and harness your child for the ride.
If you need help installing your safety seat, certified technicians will be on hand at Celebrate Our Children this month!
Come by for a free car seat checkup!
Saturday, April 27, 11:00am - 2:00pm
at Argonaut High School at
501 Argonaut Lane in Jackson.
If you can't make it to Celebrate Our Children, call to have your car seat checked or properly installed ~ Amador County Public Health:
Dad and Me Every Month!
Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county!
This month Dad and Me will be at Celebrate Our Children!
Join us for lots of fun free kid activities!
Saturday, April 27, 11:00am - 2:00pm.
Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of
Amador is bringing awareness to the notion that all children of Amador County
deserve to be raised in a safe, secure, and loving home.
Pinwheels for Prevention is a nationwide public awareness campaign that puts a
new spin on prevention. The pinwheel has come to serve as the national symbol of
the great childhoods we want for all children. The campaign uses community
activities and public policies to prioritize prevention right from the start, making
sure child abuse and neglect never occur.
Throughout April, planting pinwheel gardens in honor of children in
communities demonstrates how we can all support children and promote ways to
make healthy and happy childhoods.
In Amador there will be 1700 pinwheels total - representing the number of children
age 0-5 in Amador County ~ acknowledging that the youngest children are our
Visit Four Local Pinwheel Gardens:
Pine Grove Park
The corner of Preston Avenue/Sutter Lane in Ione
Little Oak Learning Center at the Jackson Rancheria
Health & Human Services building, Conductor Blvd., in Sutter Creek
Calling all Child Care Providers
& Preschool Teachers!
How can you give kids the best start in life?
... by taking your children to well-child and dental check ups and also, by doing an "ASQ."
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) is a way to make sure your child is "on track." The screening tools are designed to be completed by parents or primary caregivers, that encourage parent-caregiver involvement.
Each questionnaire can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and is divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social.
The benefit for all children and families is so that parents/caregivers know which areas they can focus on at home with their children.
For more information, please call First5 Amador at 257-1092.
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your family child care home, preschool setting, or other early learning environment? Give us a call at First5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092.
Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH
Spring Means Strawberries!
A fun recipe for little helping hands!
One refrigerated pie crust
2 cups strawberries, washed and quartered with the stems cut off
3 Tbsp flour
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter, diced
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp milk
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place pie crust on top of parchment
paper on top of a baking pan.
3. Spread 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp flour on top of the pie crust (this prevents it from getting too soggy).
4. Mix strawberries, remaining 1/3 C sugar and 2 Tbsp flour with vanilla.
5. Pour strawberry mixture over the pie crust.
6. Dot with butter.
7. Crimp the crust around the strawberry filling. (Little hands love this part!)
8. Brush crust with the milk.
Nurturing Children During Times of Stress
A Guide to Help Children Bloom
From Yolo Kids/Yolo County Children's Alliance
We all feel stressed sometimes. Some stress is a normal, healthy part of life. It can help us stay safe, try harder, or make us grow stronger. However, intense stress that doesn't go away can be too much to handle without help.
As a parent or caregiver, there are ways you can help your child handle intense stress. Much like a seed that overcomes a difficult environment to grow and flower, you and your child can bloom even in challenging times. This guide has nurturing tips and resources that can protect you and your child from the effects of intense stress. These ideas will also help you connect with your child.
This guide is for parents and caregivers who want to learn how to bloom even in stressful times while helping children do the same!
Download Nurturing Children during Times of Stress by clicking the image below.
Thank you to Yolo Kids for sharing these fabulous resources!
One day, California's success
will be measured by the
well-being of its youngest children.
Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Get free books for your children!
Currently 825Amador kids are receiving books!
Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every
month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, paid for by First5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations locally. Books are available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).