Tuesday, July 9, 2019

First 5 Amador - July 2019

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

Ready ... Set ... Grow!
July 2019

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Upcoming Events

July 11 - Thursday
9:00-2:00, Pine Grove

July 23, 24 & 25 (3 locations)
Ione, Pine Grove and Camanche
Please call for more information. 
Please RSVP if you will need child care.
(209) 257-1980 x 103

July 27 - Saturday
Dad and Me - Let's Make Art!
10:00am - 12:00pm
Upcountry Community Center, 19386 Hwy 88, Pine Grove

July 30 - Sept 10
For more information or to register, please contact Coral Stricler at (209) 257-1980 x 103.

See the flyer for the full schedule!

June 10 - August 9
In Spanish.

Ongoing Events:

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

Toddler Playgroups
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar, and will resume August 14.

Great Teeth Start at Birth!

Sure their baby teeth will fall out...but they are very important for their development, health, ability to learn...their overall life.

Whether they are baby teeth OR permanent teeth, tooth decay left untreated will cause pain and infection that can lead to problems with eating, speaking and especially learning.

Tips for all stages of teeth:

  • Pregnancy ~ It's safe to see a dentist during pregnancy and make sure your teeth are healthy.
  • First Teeth ~
    When putting baby down to sleep, only put water in a bottle, never milk, juice or soda. Prior to teeth, wash baby's gums with a damp cool washcloth.
  • Permanent Teeth ~
    Baby teeth begin to fall out around age 6, making room for new teeth. This process takes several years. Children learn by example. Brush your teeth and floss together every day.
  • Parents! Do you need a dentist? Call Amador Dental Health Program, 223-6407.

For even more great information about your child's dental health, 
visit this website:

Summer Tips from Potter the Otter

With school out and the weather heating up, we've compiled a few tips to keep your children safe and healthy over the summer:

  • Make time for water breaks. When your child is active this summer, remember to have them take breaks often to prevent dehydration. Carry a refillable water bottle so that you and your family have water on the go.
  • Don't forget routines during the summer. Try structuring daily routines for your family and children. For example, choose a day of the week or weekend to visit the pool or play at the park. Routines help young children develop a sense of family stability and belonging.
  • Keep reading every day! A child's reading ability can decline over the summer when school is not in session. Keep learning all summer long and encourage your child to read 20 minutes every day, either with you, a family member, or on their own if they are able.

Print flyer

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 for this month's Dad & Me event... Let's Make Art!  There will be paint, water color, and clay to get creative with! 

Come and help your child create their very own art project, 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! 

Saturday, July 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm.  
Upcountry Community Center
19386 Hwy 88, Pine Grove

Call (209) 257-1092 to save your spot!

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!
Little Free Libraries

Did you know we now have over 25 Little Free Libraries in Amador County?

From Camanche to Buckhorn, from River Pines to Jackson, find one near you. Little Free Libraries offer a way to share good things to read: books that intrigue, books that teach, books that are fun!  

Whose libraries are these?

They belong to everybody: neighbors, friends, people we don't even know yet. Anyone can use them. That's why we want to take care of them.

Share a book: after you read a book, bring it to any Little Free Library, and bring other books from home too that you would like to share.

Take a book: if you see a book you would like to read, take it, and then bring it back for someone else to read when you're done.

And that's it!

To print out the latest map with all of the locations in Amador County click  HERE

Are you pregnant? 
Do you have a newborn?
Or do you know someone 
in Amador County who 
recently had a baby?

Call Donna to arrange delivery or pick up of a gift from First 5 and sign up to receive free books mailed directly to your child,
(209) 223-6563.


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

If you need to accrue professional development hours, you can earn a stipend through Quality for Kids. 

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!


Your opinion matters!

Below is a link to a Quality Counts California survey for child care providers and preschool teachers.  If you could take a moment to complete the survey, it would help us here at First 5 to let the state know how and if  IMPACT / Q4K supports you in your career and at your site.

Thank you!!


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

Free Meals for Children!
Click HERE to print.

Did you know that cigarettes and tobacco 
products make up more than one-third of all collected litter in the US? Not only is litter unsightly, but discarded tobacco and nicotine products are dangerous to children.

THE NATIONAL POISON CONTROL CENTER warns that children can be poisoned by nicotine. Nicotine is found in cigarettes, 
e-liquids, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, nicotine gum, and nicotine patches. 

Nicotine is highly toxic, especially to small children.

Signs and symptoms of nicotine poisoning may include vomiting, sweating, dizziness, increased heart rate, lethargy, and seizures.

The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that liquid 
nicotine used in e.cigarettes can poison a child when 
swallowed or absorbed through the skin!

  • ALWAYS store cigarettes, e-liquids, and other nicotine products where children cannot see or reach them.
  • NEVER discard cigarette butts or other nicotine products on the ground.
  • SUPPORT smoke-free and e.cigarette-free open space policies.

If you suspect your child was exposed to nicotine, 
call the Poison Control Center hotline:
1-800-222-1222  immediately.


American Academy of Pediatrics at AAP.org
National Poison Control Center at poison.org
Keep American Beautiful at kab.org

Article brought to you by:

Tobacco Reduction Amador County
The Tobacco Reduction Amador County Coalition meets quarterly and is open to the public.  
Join us at a coalition meeting to find out more about tobacco issues in the community
and how you can get involved. 

Meetings are held 10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek.

To receive coalition updates contact or to be added to the newsletter mailing list contact:  

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 | www.first5amador.com
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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