Thursday, May 9, 2019

First 5 Amador - May 2019

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

Ready ... Set ... Grow!
May 2019

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Upcoming Events

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

May 16 - Thursday
9:30am - 2:30pm - First 5 Amador - To register for this training, visit

May 15 - Wednesday
9:00am - 5:00pm - Attendees must RSVP. For more information or to RSVP, please call Spencer Dutschke at 209-257-1980 ext. 116 or e-mail to

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

May 22 - Wednesday
FRED Talk: Peri-Natal Wellness, Mood & Anxiety Disorders
5:30-7:30pm - First 5 Amador - Call 257-1092 to RSVP.

May 25 - Saturday
10:00am - 12:00pm

See the flyer for the full schedule!

June 10 - August 9

June 11 - Tuesday
6:00-9:00pm - Save the Date
This upbeat workshop introduces a readiness curriculum full of developmentally appropriate activities that teach children about letters in a fun, engaging, and informal manner. Dinner and child care provided. Please RSVP to The Resource Connection, at 223-1624.

July 10 - Wednesday

June 17 July 3

Enrollment forms due by May 17!

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

May is 
Mental Health Matters 

Just as you can help prevent a child from catching a cold or breaking a bone, you can help prevent a child from having mental health problems. We know what it takes to keep a child physically healthy-nutritious food, exercise, immunizations - but the basics for good mental health aren't always as clear. The first "basic" is to know that children's mental health matters. We need to treat a child's mental health just like we do their physical health, by giving it thought and attention and, when needed, professional help. 

Consequences of Mental Illness May Be Prevented 
Although there can be a genetic or biological component to mental illness, and many children live in unsafe environments that put them "at-risk" of developing mental health problems, the consequences of mental illness may often be prevented through early intervention. At the very least, it is possible to delay mental illness and/or lessen symptoms. The best way to promote children's mental health is to build up their strengths, help to "protect" them from risks and give them tools to succeed in life. 

Mental Health Promotion 
Promoting a child's mental health means helping a child feel secure, relate well with others and foster their growth at home and at school. We do this by helping to build a child's confidence and competence - the foundation of strong self-esteem. This can be achieved by providing a child with a safe and secure home; warmth and love; respect; caring and trusting relationships with family, friends, and adults in the community; opportunities to talk about experiences and feelings; time to play, learn, and succeed; encouragement and praise; and consistent and fair expectations with clear consequences for misbehavior.

Print the calendar HERE!

Maternal Wellness

In honor of both Mental Health Matters Month (May) and World Labyrinth Day (May 4), First 5 Amador offered mothers a chance to take a break from all of their usual busy to-do's.

They had a chance to relax, walk the labyrinth, enjoy light refreshments, and to let go of their responsibilities for as long as they needed. 
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!

Join us at 'Made in Amador's' new shop, for this month's Dad & Me event... making a screen-printed t-shirt featuring the new "Dad & Me Explorers" logo! Come and help your child make their very own t-shirt, enjoy a free book and snacks, AND receive a new "Dad & Me Explorers" ball-cap for both you and your child! Open to ALL children aged 0-5 and their dad, grandpa, uncle, etc... and all FREE! 

Print the flyer with all the details, HERE.

Saturday, May 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm.  

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!
Thank you!

Provider Appreciation Day® is a special day in May to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. 

Started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother's Day. The founding organizers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Momentum and support for this event has grown each year and recognition presently includes individuals and government organizations throughout the United States.

It's important that we recognize the value our our child care providers year round!

To learn more, visit the website: 

Calling all Child Care Providers 
& Preschool Teachers!
Are you a family child care provider or preschool center staff participating in Amador "Quality for Kids?" 

Do you need to accrue more professional development hours before June 15, to earn your $500 stipend? 

Check out these upcoming workshops below, as well as these fantastic, short, ONLINE workshops!

 (Save your receipts, and we can reimburse
 you for any cost for these online workshops.)

Find all the workshops HERE!

Handwriting Without Tears!
Tuesday, June 11
6:00 - 9:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson

Save the Date! 
Hosted by The Resource Connection and First 5 Amador. This award-winning  curriculum helps young children build a solid foundation for school success. This upbeat workshop introduces a readiness curriculum full of developmentally appropriate activities that teach children about letters in a fun, engaging, and informal manner. Dinner and child care provided. Please RSVP to The Resource Connection, at 223-1624.
Birth to Five Speech & Language Development
Wednesday, July 10
5:00 - 7:30 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson

Presented by Megan McCue, CCC-SLP Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. A free workshop for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children! Come learn about how infants and toddlers develop speech and language skills, and go home with ideas about how to encourage your child's communication from birth through 5 years old. Dinner and child care provided. Check-in and dinner will be from 5:00 - 5:30 pm. Please RSVP to First 5 Amador, at 257-1092. 

See flyer HERE
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. 
Happy Birthday First 5!

This year First 5 Amador joins 57 other county commissions and First 5 California in recognition of those who have championed for young children to have a strong start in life.

We would like to take the time to acknowledge all of our partners, past and present, who have dedicated themselves to help young children and their families. 

Research shows that 90 percent of the brain development occurs in the first five years of life. Children's earliest experiences have a long-lasting effect on their potential to succeed. It is important that we continue to engage in collaborative partnerships to support families and children from day one.

A special thank you to the Amador County Board of Supervisors for recognizing all the work being done for young children and their families during the past 20 years.

Thank you also to the Amador County Chamber of Commerce for sharing this in their newsletter! 

We are excited to see what we can do for children in the next 20 years!

Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH

At First 5 Amador we encourage everyone to Rethink Your Drink!

Summer is quickly approaching and it's the perfect time to make healthy choices to stay hydrated!

See below for fun, tasty and healthy infused water recipes!

Print recipes HERE!
Free Meals for Children!
Click HERE to print.

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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