Friday, April 5, 2019

First 5 Amador - April 2019

As a parent, you are your child's first 
and most important teacher!

Ready ... Set ... Grow!
April 2019

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Upcoming Events

April 5 - Friday
First session: 9:00 - 11:00am
Second session: 11:30am - 1:30pm
West Sacramento Community Center
No cost but registration required: (209) 548-5749

April 11 - ThursdayKids in Common
5:30 - 7:30pm - First 5 Amador - Call 257-1092 to RSVP.

April 27 - Saturday
11:00am - 2:00pm - Argonaut High School

April 27 - Saturday
11:00am - 2:00pm
This month Dad and Me will be at Celebrate Our Children.

Wednesdays - April 3 - May 15
12:00 - 2:00pm - Camanche Lake Community Center

Wednesday - April 17
Tuesday - April 23
Wednesday - April 24
Camanche, Ione, Pine Grove - see flyer for times.

May 10 - Friday
5:30 - 8:00pm - First 5 Amador - Call 257-1092 to RSVP.

May 21 - Tuesday
5:30 - 8:00pm - First 5 Amador - Call 257-1092 to RSVP.

Kindergarten Summer Bridge Program 2019 

Ongoing Events:

Grandparent Cafe
Call for more information, 223-1624, x204.

Toddler Playgroups
All Playgroups run from 9:30-11:30am 
on the following weekdays at the given locations:

Mondays - Camanche 
Camanche Lake Community Center, 4240 North Camanche Parkway North
Tuesdays - Jackson  
First 5 Amador , 975 Broadway
Wednesdays - Ione
Memorial Hall, 207 South Amador Street
Thursdays - Pine Grove
Upcountry Community Center , 19386 Highway 88

Is Your Child Riding Safely? 
Car Seat Safety

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: 
(209) 223-6407.

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!

April is 
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 
 most vulnerable. 
 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 First 5 Amador at 257-1092. 


Get Involved! 

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 First 5 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! 

Strawberry Galette

  • 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.

Happy Snacking!
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

 Click HERE to print.

Click HERE to print.

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 825 Amador kids are receiving books! 

Imagination Library Logo
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 First 5 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).
All you have to do is read to your child!   

For more information click HERE.
It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe

Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
First 5 Amador | (209) 257-1092 |
PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families. 
For more information call us at (209) 257-1092, visit our website,and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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First 5 Amador, PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

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